The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty

byJenny Han

Paperback | April 6, 2010

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Belly has an unforgettable summer in this stunning start to the Summer I Turned Pretty series from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.

Some summers are just destined to be pretty

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
Jenny Han was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an MFA in writing for children at New School University. She lives in New York City.
Title:The Summer I Turned PrettyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:April 6, 2010Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1416968296

ISBN - 13:9781416968290

Appropriate for ages: 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS TRILOGY If you haven't read it yet and you love cute summer romance novels, this is a must read!!!
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great summer read! This book was so good, unlike anything I have read before. It is a super quick read, and Belly's narrating is honest and funny. I loved it!
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from couldnt get into it Couldn't get past the 3rd chapter found myself skip to the end to see what happened.
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible!! I could put this book down. I got sad when I finished reading it so quickly- I wanted it to last longer- Its a great summer read and super worthit!!!!
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Book You Can Always Go Back To I first read this book when I was much younger and recently reread it. The details were fogged in my head but it was as good as I remember it to be. This is definety a book you should pick up in the summer!
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting The first book of the 3 part series was interesting enough to make me not want to put it down. It's a light summer read.
Date published: 2018-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I loved this series by Jenny Han. This was the first book I had ever read from her and I was not disappointed. I was quick to follow with the other 2 from the series. A book I will re read for sure!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for a teen in high school and anyone I read this when I was in high school, it was so good. I even made my mom read it and she loved it. the trilogy is amazing and you just love both boy characters so much! you wish you'd be her.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best read for a cozy night in This book is spellbinding and just simply amazing. It's so unique in every way and made me laugh and cry way too much.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the summers is what i look forard too! I bought this book 3 years ago, and I always kick off my summer by reading these books! they are a light read. not to mention a journey that every girl goes though in life. the romace is so cute and light and vary sweet to watch grow
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh The thing is, I was expecting so much more from this book based on what I had heard. My biggest issue with it is that I just didn't GET this connection between Conrad and Belly. I think this is mostly because Conrad just seemed so uninterested the entire time and mostly just saw her as a little sister. And throughout the book, whatever was between Belly and Jeremiah seemed completely friendship focused and I felt like his declaration near the end was not surprising, but at the same time came out of nowhere, because it felt like we hadn't seen any kind of romantic notions from him up until that point. I will also say that I thought the second and third books were a big improvement.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PRETTY GOOD Read this about 6 years ago or so and I absolutely hated books at the time but i actually remember really enjoying this book and recommending it to people because i actually read a whole book and liked it
Date published: 2018-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series I read this book almost 8 years ago when there was another cover for the book! I loved reading this book! It was a little harder to read as an adult but would 100% recommend to a teen. These books were what me and my friends talked about during recess.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I am an adult and loved this book. Can't wait to read the second one.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My absolute favorite This is the first of the series but I read them in the wrong order by mistake. The story line is amazing and a great summer read. I loved every minute of the unexpected cute love story that kept me on my toes. I had a hard time putting it down. This book really pulls at your heart strings and I defiantly recommend!
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite I read the series about 4-5 years ago, and this story meant a lot to me at the time. It's a little harder to relate to it now, being older, so I would especially recommend this series for teens; but it will always be a favourite for me.
Date published: 2017-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Not a fan of these new covers, but wow did I love this book as a teenager. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute A good teen read #Plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was nice... It was a nice book but the romance is not where I want it to be.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Super cute, a great teen romance read!
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, Light read I read this in grade 10 and I absolutely loved it! I would recommend this to anyone who wants a light read and anyone in general that is at that age where they feel anything can happen and that fairy tales do come true, its light enough that you won't get overwhelmed or bored if you aren't an avid reader and it is captivating enough that you really can't put it down.
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light I light reading. Pretty good for the summer at beach. Going to read the sequel.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! Perfect summer read. Love every book by jenny han
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Jenny Han does not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book Series I read this series 3 years ago and to this date still my favourite series! :)
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Story! Very cute, perfect summer read.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Okay story, a tad bit slow in some of the chapters. Fast read.
Date published: 2017-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Boring I didn't care much for the characters and I wasn't a huge fan of the plot. Well written though,
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good The summer i turned pretty was a good summer read. With a beach setting and cute romance it was easy to read through quickly
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Romance Novel Series I've always loved a good, cute, summer teen romance read. When a friend had suggested this book and the two others a part of the series, I had no idea I would fall in love with it as much as I did. There is this continuous feeing of anticipation and thrill with every page you turn that leaves the reader in a feeling of complete awe and swooned off their feet. Out of all the romance book series I have read, this is the only one I would read multiple times.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Summer I Turned Pretty I just love the family, friends, and romances Jenny Han writes, it feels heartfelt even when it involves tropes that I don’t entirely love, like a triangle. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome book! I read this book from my school library after my best friend recommended it and was surprised at how good it was. Not too cheesy but just enough romance to make me swoon.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! Have read mutiple times and every time is just as good as the first!
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from its cute! If you're looking for a fun summer lay on the beach, sit by the pool type of book this trilogy is for you..they're a very simple read with a cute story line to follow along with. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic this book was too good to put down
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series! Found the first book in a thrift store and loved it so much i went searching for more by her and was delighted to find this was the first of 3. I love Belly!
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series! I love Belly's character and love both brothers! Can't wait to read the next books!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute Such a cute story and these new covers are gorgeous!
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My first Jenny Han book My friend recommended this to me. I gave it a try. It was a cute story, but just not my cup of tea. Not much is going on and I just think the characters are too young for my taste...
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was my first teen book series I ever read. At that time, it was the best thing I had read and I still love it today.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good one Loved it, couldn't wait to see what was coming next!
Date published: 2017-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good read this during the summer and it was crazy good!!
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good I liked the plot and characters, not my favourite book though.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read This book got me hooked on the series of three. They are well written, appropriate for younger teens, but also entertaining for young adults. It is an easy read and creates a wonderful world in your mind.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written I read this trilogy two summer's ago and find myself still re-reading it! The ups and downs of this love triangle are so relatable and filled with various emotions. Jenny Han is an amazing writer that captures the essence of young love. Jenny makes you fall in love with not one, but both Fisher brothers.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite romance book of ALL time I love this book, it is just too cute and adorable. I love the whole series. All three books are definitely worth the read. Jenny Han is an amazing author
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great first book A great first book in the series :)
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO GOOD ITS CRAZY I re-read this book every year and never get tired of it because it is that good!!
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute 3.5 Well that was a roller coaster of emotions. This book was going to be a 3 star for me the whole way through, and then the ending hit and I realized I was so much more attached to the characters than I had realized. I liked how real everything felt, I like the romance and I am curious/frightened of where it is going(i am sure the angst will be real in the next two), and the family relationships in this book were wonderful. There were a few issues with pacing, and I got lost a few times in the time jumps but overall it was pretty great.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE THIS I loved the book. Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it nice summer read, cute and quirky.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book! I loved this book. Actually, I loved the series. It is beautifully written and makes you fall in love with both Jeremiah and Conrad. It is a perfect read!
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Summer Read This is the first of three books- and although its considered a "young readers" novel, I think its a fun and light read for anyone! It's wonderful to read in the summer or on vacation as an easy book to just relax and enjoy. If you're looking to "improve your reading" this isn't the book for you. However, I think anyone who would enjoy a little young romance should give this novel a try!
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! This was recommended by a friends and I absolutely loved this book!
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Cute Contemporary Novel This is a good summer read or a good read to end the summer.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure about the rave reviews This series is rated so well and after reading the first book I can't see why. The main character belly is so immature and doesn't do much growing up through the book. I kept thinking it would get better but it didn't.. I was not excited to read the following books but I bought them together so I guess I'll have to stick to it. It's also fairly shorter than most books (200 ish pages). The whole 200 pages is about her whining about not being included with the boys and then whining because she's not sure which boy she likes or which likes her. What a dull topic and also fairly offensive to teenage girls. This lacks any depth.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Summer Read! This book trilogy is one of my favorites. I couldn't put the book down after reading just a couple of chapters. Definitely recommend this!
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love Jenny Han is an amazing author therefore, my hopes were very high for this book and it did not disappoint. This book is great for those who love a captivating, adorable and romantic books. I found this book to be easy to read and it will be very relate-able to several people. I love the story line and I admire all the unique characters.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series #plumreview great series for teens
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfect summe read! Admittedly I have read this book and this series before but I remembered it to be an enjoyable summer read and that was just what I wanted to read in the middle of July. This book was as good as the first time. The characters lovable, the atmosphere enthralling, mysterious romances and the details perfect. It really is the perfect summertime read.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Definitely Not A Disappointment! Wow, this book definitely DID NOT disappointed me. The story line is just so light and fun. It is a book that you can just sit back and enjoy without thinking too hard about it. It definitely is a nice break from all the fantasy novels I been reading. Most of all, it kept me out my reading slump. Yeah! Really enjoyed this book, and will definitely read the next one!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute! I love this book! It's one of those books, I would read over and over again.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great perfect book to read in the summer,gets you all squealy.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AAHHH IN LOVE!!! Absolutey loved this book so much! perfect mix of laughter, romance, and SUMMER
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Series I read this series every summer. I will never get tired of Belly and the boys!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfectly Simple and Lovely Perfect for a quick summer read, this novel although simple is perfectly lovely. Full of coming of age challanges and young summer love, this story is relatable and dreamy. Readers can expect to be pulled in by the drama of young love and left dreaming of the beach.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfectly Simple and Lovely Perfect for a quick summer read, this novel although simple is perfectly lovely. Full of coming of age challanges and young summer love, this story is relatable and dreamy. Readers can expect to be pulled in by the drama of young love and left dreaming of the beach.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perfectly Simple & Lovely Perfect for a quick summer read, this novel although simple is perfectly lovely. Full of coming of age challanges and young summer love, this story is relatable and dreamy. Readers can expect to be pulled in by the drama of young love and left dreaming of the beach.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not all that. At all. I could not finish this very popular trilogy opener. Belly is just so. Darn. Annoying. The sad part is that it was sort of appealing at first. Maybe because Belly was stepped on so many times in trivial but memorable ways. The feelings she expresses are universal, or nearly universal, at least. Most people have been that dorky girl who was left out, laughed at, or superficially injured by someone she admired or wanted to be friends with. The problem was that Belly just kept going on and on about it. These memories continued throughout more than half the book without any discernible plot forming. Belly was not the only annoying character. This is one of the few books about which I can say this: its characters were not only less-than-compelling -- they were downright unlikable. Moody, selfish, and awful, every last one. Okay, except for the moms, who weren’t really too prevalent in the story. Back to Belly, though, unfortunately. She made herself seem perpetually wronged, but sometimes other people did nothing wrong, and she took it too personally. Also, when she gets a sort of boyfriend who is not the guy she really wants and she tries to go skinny dipping with him, he does not feel comfortable with it. What is Belly’s response? Anger, and the desire to ask him, “Are you gay?” Seriously? Seriously. This boy is in his mid-teens and he hasn’t known her for very long. His response is perfectly normal, even for a straight guy. These leaves me asking two questions: 1) Is she seriously so arrogant that she can’t fathom rejection? and, more importantly, 2) How come guys are considered to be jerks for being sexually pushy, but girls get sympathy when they are sexually pushy, as if their boyfriends are somehow neglectful? That’s a double-standard, and I’m really disappointed in Jenny Han for perpetuating that. Eventually, there was just nothing to like, nothing to wait for. My advice: ignore the hype.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Page-Turner From Beginning to End! "The Summer I Turned Pretty" is a teen romance that begins in Cousins Beach where Isabel (Belly) Conklin and her family vacation in the summer with Susannah (Beck) Fisher and her two boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. Since childhood Belly has felt left out when the boys get together but the summer of her sixteenth birthday things start to change. For years Belly has had a crush on Conrad yearning for the day he will begin thinking of her more than just a tag-along kid. This summer she's blossomed into a pretty young woman which hasn't gone unnoticed either by the Beck boys or newcomer Cam. But her emotions are topsy-turvy because Conrad the boy who stole her heart as a child has changed in disposition, and her mother's best friend Susannah who's been like a second mother is facing a health crisis. Narrated by Belly with flashbacks of childhood memories the reader is swept into the close relationship between two lifelong friends and their families - the Fishers and the Conklins - as they deal with life's capriciousness. Belly has always yearned to be part of the boys circle and this summer they have not only begun to notice her, but Conrad who she's loved for years has changed; his mood sour and remote. Frustrated by their heated chemistry and his mixed signals, Belly is distracted by Cam a smart, straight-edged guy who likes her for her brains as well as her beauty, and the romantic overtures of her friend Jeremiah. Well-written with realistic dialogue and emotional intensity the plot not only follows the romantic ups and downs during Belly's summer vacation but also both family's struggle to deal with the pain of Susannah's progressing illness. The story's electrically-charged and intense, although often broken by laughter and humorous situations. For Belly Conklin the summer is a journey of self-discovery as this intelligent, naive and feisty teen not only chases love but faces the pain of loss. A spoiled, tattle-tale as a child, Belly can still be shallow and inconsiderate especially when she's influenced by her friend Taylor Jewel who's a self-absorbed, flighty tease. Yet as the story progresses her kindness and deep love for her extended family shines through in her words and actions. Conrad the eldest and most sensitive of the Fisher brothers is aloof, quiet and moody, caught up in the agony of his own pain. Although it's apparent he cares deeply for Belly, he remains unattainable and unavailable, toying with the affections of other girls and snubbing her. In contrast Belly's brother Steven can be an obnoxious and insufferable tease, but also very protective; the very popular Jeremiah funny and likeable; and the new boy Cam thoughtful and caring. Of the other protagonists who add passion and power to the drama, Susannah Fisher is a kind woman with a heart of gold who can be resolute and stubborn especially when dealing with her husband's infidelity and her illness. In contrast Laurel, Belly's highly independent mother is confident, reasonable but very secretive. Jenny Han has a flare for creating characters that are unforgettable even with all their flaws and faults. I enjoyed reading "The Summer I Turned Pretty" and can't wait to read the next book in this absorbing trilogy.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing the best book ever!!! utterly and truly amazing. fell in love with the book with in the first few pages!! Great read
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing Amazing book, couldn't put it down! Well written, and I have to admit one of the few teenage books which I truly enjoyed reading. You fall inlove with all the characters and become a part of the book going through bellies journey with her.
Date published: 2014-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite trilogy ever! I'm 20 years old and I've read A LOT of teen books till' now. This series is hands down my favorite. No matter how much praise I give to the triology, it will never give it justice. Every girl has to read these books!
Date published: 2014-06-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay I was really excited about this book because I heard so many good things about it .. I'm really disappointed. Belly annoyed me so much. She's 15 going on 16 and still acts like she's 13. When the guys didn't want to hang out with her she was always like "I'm going to tell my mom". She was always complaining about EVERYTHING, that the boys weren't paying her attention, that her bestfriend was getting more attention than her, that her mom was annoying ( even tho she's really sweet ). She also couldn't stop talking about Conrad. Her whole life revolved around him. It was bording on obsession.. I don't get why she was so in love with him because he had nothing special, he just didn't sparkle. He was just being rude to her like 24/7. It was so annoying how he disrespected her everytime but she didn't seem to care because she was "in love with him"... This guy Jeremy was really in love with her, he was sweet and actually paid attention to her but she didn't seem to care because she couldn't stop thinking of Conrad. I really wanted to slap her a some point.   It had some cute & fun scenes. I'm not saying the book was awful but i just don't think it was as great as what people make it to be..
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Okay I was so excited about this book because of the reviews but I was really disappointed. The story was great but i've read better. Belly is such an immature child, she's 15 going on 16 and acts like she's 13. She's always complaining about everything & it's really annoying.. All the book is about how much she loves Conrad. Everything in her life revolves around him. Conrad acts like a jerk most of the time, he's mean to her but she doesn't seem to care because she "loves" him.  Jeremiah was really sweet to her I still don't get why she was so obsessed with Conrad. He didn't sparkle or anything...  I don't think I will read the other books .. 
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Books for Summer You'll Ever Find!! Jenny Han's Trilogy is perhaps the absolute best three books you'll ever find to read during the summer, or any other time for that matter! I could not put any of the three books down! Perfect!
Date published: 2013-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST. BOOK. EVER. OMG!!!!!!! The Summer I Turned Pretty was sooooo amazing!!!!! I loved it soooooo much!!! Belly has been visiting Cousins Beach since she could remember. There are two cute brothers, Jeremiah and Conrad, sons of Belly's mom's best friend, Sussanah. Belly has always loved Conrad and feels that this summer will change everything. And it will.... For me, it's so hard to pick which team I was on when I started the series, Jeremiah's or Conrad's. I love them both!! But, by the time I finished it, I turned out to be Conrad's!!!! I love him!!!! Gosh, I love this series! PICK UP THIS BOOK A.S.A.P!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2012-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved, loved, loved it! Summer, the beach, tans, parties, first crushes, first kisses, first loves, forever loves. This book had it all. I felt physically and emotionally transported back to when I was 16 years old and experiencing all the emotions and changes that Belly the main character was going through. When her heart pounded in her chest, so did mine. When her eyes filled with tears out of frustration and anger, so did mine. When her heart was broken, swollen with love, or hurt, I felt it all too. I have never been so physically affected by a book as this one. It was like experiencing life at 16 all over again. The heartbreak, the crushes, the yearning - it was all my heart could handle. At 29 and happily married, it’s easy to forget about the whirlwind of emotions that you go through in your younger years, when you’re discovering first loves and all that comes with it. Would I want to go through it again? No, I wouldn’t, but I had an amazing time escaping in it. --- I really can’t rave more about this book. It sucked me in from the beginning and had me bawling my eyes out by the end. Even if you aren’t a fan of YA or love-triangles, this one was so different, and so real. While I can’t wait to get started on the next book in this trilogy, The Summer I Turned Pretty didn’t leave me on a cliff-hanger, or make me want to throw the book across the room. Sure, I want to keep reading about Belly, Jeremiah and Conrad (how could you not?!), but I can honestly say that I closed the book after reading the last page with a satisfied sigh, and tears running down my face. See my complete review on my blog:
Date published: 2012-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO AMAZING!! This book was fantastic! I cried, I laughed, it was just truly amazing. This book is a must have! & a great read for the summer!
Date published: 2012-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "This book Has everything a girl wants in Summer" -Sarah Dessen I loved this book. I thought that this was truly amazing for someone who has only written one book before this. The characters were amazing clearly described. The plot was good but maybe could be a little more focused. The settings were great and I really like how the author made this book as real as she did. I brought new meaning to the book, plot and characters that way.The book was just overall amazing and I really liked the way she wrote and worded everything. Kudos to the author. [Jenny Han] :D
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It Truly Is What Every Girl Wants Many people have told me over a few years that they've read this books and they all loved it. I saw that this book was available at my local library and I decided I might just give it a try, but I HONESTLY did not at all expect to ilke it. The hype made me more skeptical but I must say this read is truly incredible. I adored the characters and I think every girl can relate to this book in some way. I mean we all want to be beautiful, have books gawk over us, and we all of course have summer crushes and dreams. I loved how realistic the book was, I felt like I was there the whole time. I swear I felt like this book was amazing, it was just the perfect book for me. I will surely be checking out other books by Jenny Han (and i'll also continue reading this series.) LOVE YA JEREMIAH ;D
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed it At first I thought the book was incredibly slow, but I was sorely mistaken when I finally got into it. This book is part of a series and is only a stepping stone to the other two, which were AMAZING. I recommend reading this book so you can get to the other two, which in my opinion are what make the entire series. This book was more to set the background content in motion, in order for you to know what is going on in the next two.
Date published: 2012-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!! I really liked this book, their is a little bit of everything and it was so easy to read I finished it in 3 hours and I wanted more. I really liked this book, their is always something that leaves you wanting to know more. You can`t put it down.
Date published: 2012-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sweet but sad This book, it was indescribable! I utterly loved it! The storyline was sad and sweet in more ways than one. The way that Conrad is so protective of Belly, its really sweet, even though it drives Belly crazy! And the thing with Susannah, that's also heartbreaking. This book really had an effect on me, and gave me a bit of a reality of what boys are like. This is a really great book and I suggest any, and every girl to read it!
Date published: 2011-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! i read the trilogy is 3 days. I couldn't put it down! I recommend this if you like teen romance novels, or if your a teenager. I don't want to spoil it, but just give it a try! It's absolutely amazing!
Date published: 2011-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed It I read this book in just over a day, it was SSOOO good, such a nice break from all the paranormal stuff I've been reading lately! Belly is such a down-to-earth girl and I could totally relate to her. I think that's pretty much how every girl feels whenever the boys decide to leave you out of everything! At first I really wanted her to be with Conrad, but then he was always so moody and distant I got tired of him before she did. Then the other guy from the bonfire comes along and I'm all like YAY but he doesn't last very long and he doesn't seem to really suit Belly's life. When we find out her mom's bff has gotten sick with cancer again, and this could be her last, I seriously balled my eyes out. I was so caught up in the story and everything felt so relate-able, it's a really incredible and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2011-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for summer! I believe I was 18 or 19 when I read this book, and I loved it as much as any younger teen girl would. You can't help but get caught up in the love story and pick a favorite brother (*cough cough* Jeremiah). It's the summer that every girl would love to have (or at least I would've loved it)! Plus, the way it ends you can't help but anticipate the sequels (which I also recommend for those who loved this).
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Well I can easily say this is my favourite book, and with 2 more books after this one they only got better. It was such a page turner, and made me want to be her in so many ways. I have given this book to all of my friends and I only get positive results. If you are looking for a teenage summer romance book, this book would be it. As well be prepared to buy the 2 after this one, because you won't be able to read another book until those are read!
Date published: 2011-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Summer Read! I've been reading darker books a lot lately, and decided that I needed a light-hearted summer read. This book definitely has a feel-good aspect that I fell in love with. After I read the first chapter, I went back to the bookstore and bought the other two books in the series. I love them, and I'm flying through them so quickly. It's a great page-turner!
Date published: 2011-06-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay. I heard such great reviews for this book but it ended up being much less interesting than people made it seem. I don't know, the book was just kind of boring. I was disappointed at the end and it was really predictable. For the whole length of the book I was like, "Okay, something good is going to happen! It can't be THIS boring!" but nothing happened. It's like.. during the whole book, things DID happen but nothing REALLY happened. When I finished the book I felt like I had wasted my time and I was like, "So wtf was the point of this?" Plus, the main character kind of ticked me off. Other people seem to enjoy it so I guess it's just me.
Date published: 2011-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't stop turning the pages. I started this book in the afternoon and refused to go to sleep until I had turned the last page. "The summer I turned pretty" has me giggling and crying by the end. I look forward to reading the rest in the series.
Date published: 2011-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from the most amazing perfect wonderful book i have never read such a book that i felt so connected to. the words just flow off the page and i felt like i was living in the book. of course there is twilight but i highly doubt that a pack of vampires is going to hunt me down. i just dont understand the very last page. when conrad comes for belly. what happens then? the book covers everything that a teenage or adult girl wishes she had. except for the heartbrake. a must read for anyone
Date published: 2010-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i feel pretty!! this book has everything a girl could ever want in the summer. the drama in it isn't like the others it is simple and flows very well with the concept. it surely was a great start to the series
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review Every summer Belly spends it at Cousin’s Beach with her mother and brother along with her mother’s best friend and her two boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. It might be the last summer where they will all be together as both Steven and Conrad are going off to college. It’s also the summer when Belly finally turns sixteen and she hopes this will be the summer when Conrad finally notices her. The story was very realistic with a more serious tone and basically not your typical fluffy summer read. To Belly this might be the last of the perfect summers she’s had at Cousin’s Beach. She’s growing up and doesn’t want to be seen as the tag-a-long little sister anymore. She’s getting more attention from boys but the one person who Belly’s wants to notice her has been acting indifferent to her. Everything at Cousin’s Beach is not what they used to be as both the relationship dynamics and people are changing. I fell in love with the story and the characters. The story switches between the present and the past where Belly recounts events of past summers spent at the beach. I really liked the flashbacks as it shows the depth of the story and the characters along with the relationship between Belly and them. For me this is an absolute summer must read with a laid back story that is perfect for those lazy Sunday afternoons.
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made My Heart Melt! What a heart felt and fun book to read during the summer! Reading this book makes you feel like you are at the beach and going through heart ache and break right there with the main character, Belly. It's a beautiful and cute story and I would totally recommend it to anyone who loves to read stories about fun summer love! I'm going out tonight to pick up the second book this series and can only imagine how fantastic it will be!
Date published: 2010-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Crazy Good! If you're looking for a great summer read, or even a cute, romantic, captivating book, do not hesitate to read this! I loved it from beginning to end, and I defiantly didn't expect it to turn out the way it did. The characters were absolutely fantastic, and the relationships they have with each other are so heartwarming that you become attached to them a long the way. What made this book so great was the chapters switched from summer to summer, so it shows how relationships grew since then, and it lets you relive some of their best memories. I finished this book in just a short amount of time, and the ending just leaves you wanting more of the characters and their unbelievable summers... Belly doesn't care about any time of the year, to her, Summer is all that matters. For as long as she can remember; her, her mother, Laurel, and her brother, Steven, head down to Cousins beach to stay at her mother's best friend's house. Belly has gone ever since she was a baby and thinking about all the summers she's spent at that beach house bring back so many memories, and now she's heading back, it's what she's been waiting for. Susannah is Laurel's best, best friend and no summer is complete without spending time with her, and her two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. Belly looks forward to this summer especially because she hopes things will be different. Ever since she was ten years old, she has been in love with Conrad; He's, dark and handsome, though he's secretive and likes to keep to himself. To Belly, it has always been Conrad, and Jeremiah is the one who has always been there for her. He is like her older brother. They have always been great friends, but is Jeremiah thinking about their relationship differently? The summer seems to start just like it always does, traditions repeat, jokes are re-told and memories are talked about. Conrad seems to only see Belly as the same little girl, but she can tell that something is different, and Belly can see it in their eye's that they've noticed she has changed since last summer. Will she finally be able to get through to Conrad? This summer may not be the one for that, Susannah is still getting over Cancer treatment, and the something that Conrad and Jeremiah weren't supposed to know, was found out. Conrad starts to change, and he begins to hang out with a girl. Belly meets Cam, he's new but he remembers her from long ago. They spend almost every day together, and Conrad seems to care a lot about that. Though, he knows something Belly doesn't, that's leaving him spending time by himself. Belly has claimed to have lost her love for Conrad, but even she knows that that's not true. This is the story of one summer that is unlike any other. Emotions make relationships stronger, tears are shed, fights brew and love is attempted, but will it last? Belly likes Cam, she thinks of Jeremiah as a friend, and Conrad is still a mystery....This is the summer that changes everyone, and everything. I loved, loved, loved his book! And I absolutely recommend it without a doubt! I cannot wait to read the next book In this fantastic series! 5/5 2010-046
Date published: 2010-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great story This is a story that touches your heart. Definitely going to read the next book. Quick read - couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2010-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! this book had everything i would want in a summer. The storyline was great and i didnt ever want to put the book down! I could really realate to the main character, Belly as she goes through many transitions. This book is a great read for those who are happy the way they are and finally realize that they are truly beautiful. I`ve read this book two times and still fall in love with it everytime! Can`t wait for the next one!
Date published: 2010-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Cute This book was very cute and all what summer needs to be. I was very busy when I was reading this book but I found it easy to jump back into and you were always left wanting to keep reading and fill that summer-less felling inside you =]
Date published: 2009-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Amazing Read! I devoured this book in just over a day! Every bit of spare time that I had, my nose was stuck in this book, walking through my house with the book opened in front of me. It wasn't a hard book to get into, as I was enraptured from the beginning. I love how the reader is able to see into Belly's younger life and the development of characters through the years. Although it was sometimes predictable, that was one of the things that I liked about it. However, there are parts that I wouldn't have assumed would happen as well. I suggest this book to anyone who likes a cute, funny, and romantic story should definitely read this book!
Date published: 2009-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for!! Beautiful. I wanted an amazing summer read, and I found it. I've grown out of the "unrealistic teeny-bopper" romance novels, but this one was romantic, relatable and moving. I absolutely loved it and if you're looking for the perfect summer read, this is it!!!!
Date published: 2009-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Sweet Drink of Sunshine! I devoured this book in one sitting. I loved the characters and the superb writing. The story is a coming of age, confusing first love, adventurous stay at the cottage in summer, with a dose of life changing reality mixed in every now and then for good measure. What could be better?
Date published: 2009-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute Page Turner I loved this book, I read the whole thing in one sitting, and am seriously sad that its over. It was brilliantly written and had an amazing story line. Best book I have read in a long time. A definite must read. I don't want to give any spoilers so I'll stop there, but seriously give this book an honest chance.
Date published: 2009-05-09

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The Summer I Turned Pretty chapter one We’d been driving for about seven thousand years. Or at least that’s how it felt. My brother, Steven, drove slower than our Granna. I sat next to him in the passenger seat with my feet up on the dashboard. Meanwhile, my mother was passed out in the backseat. Even when she slept, she looked alert, like at any second she could wake up and direct traffic. “Go faster,” I urged Steven, poking him in the shoulder. “Let’s pass that kid on the bike.” Steven shrugged me off. “Never touch the driver,” he said. “And take your dirty feet off my dashboard.” I wiggled my toes back and forth. They looked pretty clean to me. “It’s not your dashboard. It’s gonna be my car soon, you know.” “If you ever get your license,” he scoffed. “People like you shouldn’t even be allowed to drive.” “Hey, look,” I said, pointing out the window. “That guy in a wheelchair just lapped us!” Steven ignored me, and so I started to fiddle with the radio. One of my favorite things about going to the beach was the radio stations. I was as familiar with them as I was with the ones back home, and listening to Q94 made me just really know inside that I was there, at the beach. I found my favorite station, the one that played everything from pop to oldies to hip-hop. Tom Petty was singing “Free Fallin’.” I sang right along with him. “She’s a good girl, crazy ’bout Elvis. Loves horses and her boyfriend too.” Steven reached over to switch stations, and I slapped his hand away. “Belly, your voice makes me want to run this car into the ocean.” He pretended to swerve right. I sang even louder, which woke up my mother, and she started to sing too. We both had terrible voices, and Steven shook his head in his disgusted Steven way. He hated being outnumbered. It was what bothered him most about our parents being divorced, being the lone guy, without our dad to take his side. We drove through town slowly, and even though I’d just teased Steven about it, I didn’t really mind. I loved this drive, this moment. Seeing the town again, Jimmy’s Crab Shack, the Putt Putt, all the surf shops. It was like coming home after you’d been gone a long, long time. It held a million promises of summer and of what just might be. As we got closer and closer to the house, I could feel that familiar flutter in my chest. We were almost there. I rolled down the window and took it all in. The air tasted just the same, smelled just the same. The wind making my hair feel sticky, the salty sea breeze, all of it felt just right. Like it had been waiting for me to get there. Steven elbowed me. “Are you thinking about Conrad?” he asked mockingly. For once the answer was no. “No,” I snapped. My mother stuck her head in between our two seats. “Belly, do you still like Conrad? From the looks of things last summer, I thought there might be something between you and Jeremiah.” “WHAT? You and Jeremiah?” Steven looked sickened. “What happened with you and Jeremiah?” “Nothing,” I told them both. I could feel the flush rising up from my chest. I wished I had a tan already to cover it up. “Mom, just because two people are good friends, it doesn’t mean there’s anything going on. Please never bring that up again.” My mother leaned back into the backseat. “Done,” she said. Her voice had that note of finality that I knew Steven wouldn’t be able to break through. Because he was Steven, he tried anyway. “What happened with you and Jeremiah? You can’t say something like that and not explain.” “Get over it,” I told him. Telling Steven anything would only give him ammunition to make fun of me. And anyway, there was nothing to tell. There had never been anything to tell, not really. Conrad and Jeremiah were Beck’s boys. Beck was Susannah Fisher, formerly Susannah Beck. My mother was the only one who called her Beck. They’d known each other since they were nine—blood sisters, they called each other. And they had the scars to prove it—identical marks on their wrists that looked like hearts. Susannah told me that when I was born, she knew I was destined for one of her boys. She said it was fate. My mother, who didn’t normally go in for that kind of thing, said it would be perfect, as long as I’d had at least a few loves before I settled down. Actually, she said “lovers,” but that word made me cringe. Susannah put her hands on my cheeks and said, “Belly, you have my unequivocal blessing. I’d hate to lose my boys to anyone else.” We’d been going to Susannah’s beach house in Cousins Beach every summer since I was a baby, since before I was born even. For me, Cousins was less about the town and more about the house. The house was my world. We had our own stretch of beach, all to ourselves. The summer house was made up of lots of things. The wraparound porch we used to run around on, jugs of sun tea, the swimming pool at night—but the boys, the boys most of all. I always wondered what the boys looked like in December. I tried to picture them in cranberry-colored scarves and turtleneck sweaters, rosy-cheeked and standing beside a Christmas tree, but the image always seemed false. I did not know the winter Jeremiah or the winter Conrad, and I was jealous of everyone who did. I got flip-flops and sunburned noses and swim trunks and sand. But what about those New England girls who had snowball fights with them in the woods? The ones who snuggled up to them while they waited for the car to heat up, the ones they gave their coats to when it was chilly outside. Well, Jeremiah, maybe. Not Conrad. Conrad would never; it wasn’t his style. Either way, it didn’t seem fair. I’d sit next to the radiator in history class and wonder what they were doing, if they were warming their feet along the bottom of a radiator somewhere too. Counting the days until summer again. For me, it was almost like winter didn’t count. Summer was what mattered. My whole life was measured in summers. Like I don’t really begin living until June, until I’m at that beach, in that house. Conrad was the older one, by a year and a half. He was dark, dark, dark. Completely unattainable, unavailable. He had a smirky kind of mouth, and I always found myself staring at it. Smirky mouths make you want to kiss them, to smooth them out and kiss the smirkiness away. Or maybe not away … but you want to control it somehow. Make it yours. It was exactly what I wanted to do with Conrad. Make him mine. Jeremiah, though—he was my friend. He was nice to me. He was the kind of boy who still hugged his mother, still wanted to hold her hand even when he was technically too old for it. He wasn’t embarrassed either. Jeremiah Fisher was too busy having fun to ever be embarrassed. I bet Jeremiah was more popular than Conrad at school. I bet the girls liked him better. I bet that if it weren’t for football, Conrad wouldn’t be some big deal. He would just be quiet, moody Conrad, not a football god. And I liked that. I liked that Conrad preferred to be alone, playing his guitar. Like he was above all the stupid high school stuff. I liked to think that if Conrad went to my school, he wouldn’t play football, he’d be on the lit mag, and he’d notice someone like me. When we finally pulled up to the house, Jeremiah and Conrad were sitting out on the front porch. I leaned over Steven and honked the horn twice, which in our summer language meant, Come help with the bags, stat. Conrad was eighteen now. He’d just had a birthday. He was taller than last summer, if you can believe it. His hair was cut short around his ears and was as dark as ever. Unlike Jeremiah’s, whose hair had gotten longer, so he looked a little shaggy but in a good way—like a 1970s tennis player. When he was younger, it was curly yellow, almost platinum in the summer. Jeremiah hated his curls. For a while, Conrad had him convinced that crusts made your hair curly, so Jeremiah had stopped eating sandwich crusts, and Conrad would polish them off. As Jeremiah got older, though, his hair was less and less curly and more wavy. I missed his curls. Susannah called him her little angel, and he used to look like one, with his rosy cheeks and yellow curls. He still had the rosy cheeks. Jeremiah made a megaphone with his hands and yelled, “Steve-o!” I sat in the car and watched Steven amble up to them and hug the way guys do. The air smelled salty and wet, like it might rain seawater any second. I pretended to be tying the laces on my sneakers, but really I just wanted a moment to look at them, at the house for a little while, in private. The house was large and gray and white, and it looked like most every other house on the road, but better. It looked just the way I thought a beach house should look. It looked like home. My mother got out of the car then too. “Hey, boys. Where’s your mother?” she called out. “Hey, Laurel. She’s taking a nap,” Jeremiah called back. Usually she came flying out of the house the second our car pulled up. My mother walked over to them in about three strides, and she hugged them both, tightly. My mother’s hug was as firm and solid as her handshake. She disappeared into the house with her sunglasses perched on the top of her head. I got out of the car and slung my bag over my shoulder. They didn’t even notice me walk up at first. But then they did. They really did. Conrad gave me a quick glance-over the way boys do at the mall. He had never looked at me like that before in my whole life. Not once. I could feel my flush from the car return. Jeremiah, on the other hand, did a double take. He looked at me like he didn’t even recognize me. All of this happened in the span of about three seconds, but it felt much, much longer. Conrad hugged me first, but a faraway kind of hug, careful not to get too close. He’d just gotten a haircut, and the skin around the nape of his neck looked pink and new, like a baby’s. He smelled like the ocean. He smelled like Conrad. “I liked you better with glasses,” he said, his lips close to my ear. That stung. I shoved him away and said, “Well, too bad. My contacts are here to stay.” He smiled at me, and that smile—he just gets in. His smile did it every time. “I think you got a few new ones,” he said, tapping me on the nose. He knew how self-conscious I was about my freckles and he still teased me every time. Then Jeremiah grabbed me next, and he almost lifted me into the air. “Belly Button’s all growed up,” he crowed. I laughed. “Put me down,” I told him. “You smell like BO.” Jeremiah laughed loudly. “Same old Belly,” he said, but he was staring at me like he wasn’t quite sure who I was. He cocked his head and said, “Something looks different about you, Belly.” I braced myself for the punch line. “What? I got contacts.” I wasn’t completely used to myself without glasses either. My best friend Taylor had been trying to convince me to get contacts since the sixth grade, and I’d finally listened. He smiled. “It’s not that. You just look different.” I went back to the car then, and the boys followed me. We unloaded the car quickly, and as soon as we were done, I picked up my suitcase and my book bag and headed straight for my old bedroom. My room was Susannah’s from when she was a child. It had faded calico wallpaper and a white bedroom set. There was a music box I loved. When you opened it, there was a twirling ballerina that danced to the theme song from Romeo and Juliet, the old-timey version. I kept my jewelry in it. Everything about my room was old and faded, but I loved that about it. It felt like there might be secrets in the walls, in the four-poster bed, especially in that music box. Seeing Conrad again, having him look at me that way, I felt like I needed a second to breathe. I grabbed the stuffed polar bear on my dresser and hugged him close to my chest—his name was Junior Mint, Junior for short. I sat down with Junior on my twin bed. My heart was beating so loudly I could hear it. Everything was the same but not. They had looked at me like I was a real girl, not just somebody’s little sister.

Editorial Reviews

"Belly's dawning awareness of her sexuality and that of the boys is a strong theme, as is the sense of summer as a separate and reflective time and place. Readers get glimpses of kisses on the beach, her best friend's flirtations during one summer's visit, a first date." -- Kirkus Reviews