The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

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Belly?s never been the kind of girl that things happen to. Year after year, she?s spent her summers at the beach house with Conrad and Jeremiah. The boys never noticed Belly noticing them. And every summer she hoped it would be different. This time, it was. But the summer Belly turned pretty was the summer that changed everything. For better, and for worse.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010
ISBN: 9781416999171
Branch Call Number: FICTION Han
Description: 1 online resource
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Belly looks forward to every summer, when her family shares a beach house with some family friends, but this year is different. She is caught in a love triangle, while the boy she really wants ignores her. Will Belly make the right decision?

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Sep 25, 2017

Not the best Jenny Han book.
Because of all her other books I was expecting more romance and a great plot but overall it was likable.

Mar 27, 2017

I found this book slightly boring.

Nov 09, 2016

the summer I turned pretty again is one of the best book. Isabel(Belly) has been in love with Conrad since she was ten but didn't realize that Conrad's brother (Jeremiah) has been deeply in love with her. Belly herself does not like Jeremiah the way he likes her this book takes you to the adventure of heartbreak and joy with these triangles.

Aug 09, 2016

I loved this book. It's about a Girl named Belly who loved summer. Every summer was the same, but this year it was different. This was the summer she turned pretty. I can't wait to read the next book.

Jul 17, 2016

reminds me of youth and how you think of things when so young

May 18, 2016

The Summer I Turned Pretty is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel, the first book of The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. This summer everything is different. The same as every summer, but somehow different. Belly is nursing a long-time crush on Conrad, Susannah's, Belly's mom's friend's, oldest son. This summer, Belly meets a boy, and that takes her on a whirlwind of discoveries. This book is truly one of Jenny Han's best works. It combines family, friends, love, heartbreak, and finding oneself. If you are a fan of John Green and Stephanie Perkins, this book is a must read.
- @BookwormTAH of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This book is the perfect summer read. It is told through the main character, Belly’s perspective. It revolves around her vacation to a summer house in Cousin’s that her and her family take every year. There they are accompanied by lifelong friends, Conrad, Jeremiah, and Susannah. Belly talks about her relationship with Jeremiah and Conrad from when they were little until everything began to change this summer. She falls in love with Conrad, but is unsure how he feels about her as he is so hard to read. Eventually feelings are exposed, fights break out, and a love triangle is formed. This book is a perfect mix of comedy, romance, and drama.
- @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is a heartwarming summer tale of a girl who continues her family’s ritual and heads up to her moms best friend, Suzanna’s, cottage for the summer. There she spends her time with Suzanna’s sons, Conrad and Jeremiah, two teenage boys who Belly hopelessly falls in love with. The book is told from Belly’s perspective and she often ponders on her feeling for the two boys. She has trouble deciding between the two. She likes the dark and mysterious Conrad, but at the same time is intrigued by the outgoing and open Jeremiah. She spends her summer trying to get to know the two boys she has grown up with on a more romantic level. Throughout the story, readers are able to see the jealousy of Conrad when belly starts to engage in more meaningful relationships with other boys. This book is an overall fantastic summer read that I really enjoyed. It is an easy read and there is no need to be disappointed because this book is part of a trilogy. I strongly advise you to pick up the book and read it and become captivated by the love triangle between two brothers and an oblivious teenage girl!
- @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

I picked up this story in the hopes that it would be interesting as Jenny Han's other trilogy, "To All The Boys I've Loved Before." To be quite honest, I liked that one a lot better. I'm not to sure what it is about this story, but I no longer think I can compare the two. I like Belly's characters development throughout, even though it took forever, and she started off like a child. The subplots were very interesting, to say the least, and they kept me going even when I got frustrated. The romance is very intricate, but I feel there's room for improvement as I believe it could have been a tiny bit better.
- @Siri of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Jan 08, 2016

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.

Dec 11, 2015

I absolutely love this book and the rest of the series. I would total recommended this book to anyone who wants a love story, drama. When I first got this book I was not a big reader but after that I just had to get my hands on the rest of the book.


Aug 30, 2015

Belly loved summer. Summer was the time of the year when Belly gets to spend the two months off at the beach house that Susannah owned. Belly leaves her school life to go to Cousins beach, to spend time with her favorite people. Susannah loved Belly like her pretend daughter that she never had and Belly loved Susannah as much as her mother, maybe even more. Susannah had always told Belly’s mother that one of her boys is for Belly. Susannah had two boys that are older than Belly one of them is Conrad and the other one is Jeremiah. Jeremiah is the more funny type of guy who never really upsets people and Conrad is the one who is more serious and the oldest one. Belly always liked Conrad ever since she was ten, but both of the boys are so close to her because they spend all summer together now they feel part of Belly’s family. This summer was different and things were starting to get different around the beach house. Conrad didn’t really mind Belly as much as he did from the previous summers. Although Conrad was acting different, Belly still does like Conrad. Jeremiah had started looking at Belly differently this summer, not anymore of a little sister or a friend but more than that. Who would Belly choose? I s everything that Belly ever wished for every birthday is for Conrad, but will this wish change this summer? A lot of crazy things are happening but there is something wrong with Susannah and everybody had known except for Belly, but the secret that is being hid might change all the summers that are coming up.

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Dec 14, 2012

Every year, Belly looks forward to one thing - summer. She looks forward to the view of the beach from her room, feeling the smooth ocean water between her toes , soaking up the warm sun, kind, lovely Susannah and the boys.Especially the boys. Beck's boys, her mother called them. Conrad and Jeremiah. Sweet, lovely, and together as always. The summers spent at the summer house were like a dream, a memory of the fun times they could all just be together like children. But this summer, everything changes. Big brother Steven heads off to college, Conrad starts spending more time alone, and the boys look at her in ways other than just friendship. It seems as though they'll never be the kids of the summer house again. But Belly soon starts to realize...the more everything changes,the more it all ends up the way it should have been all along. This summer, and all the summers before it, led up to this. Up to now.


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