Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty By Jenny Han


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 terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.


Jeremiah is just.
What kind of nickname is Belly?

I know that this is a coming of age novel but come on. She can’t be possibly that ignorant of a person to be a hypocrite. One second she is obsessed with Conrad and the next it is Cam. She seems to hate her mum so much when she has not been rude at all, or even saying much.
I know teenage girls obsess over guys but this chick wastes most of the novel going on about Conrad or how much Jeremiah likes her. Or Taylor her best friend hopping to every guy, trust me we know the type, she is a slut. And what is with Taylor saying to her that she knew she always had a thing for her brother? As far as we the reader can see she has never mentioned it. Some elements does relate to being a teenager but I feel like it was a bit exaggerated at times to portray the girl as a very naive girl when she probably isn’t however the writing style makes it seem that way.

I also noticed the ironic copy-cat ness with the older film Dirty Dancing. However with this novel being published in 2009. It most definitely is outdated even back then when this novel was released.

The Summer I Turned Pretty wasn’t too bad of a read, a bit out of my normal reading spectrum maybe but I remember this being on my TBR originally ages ago.

However it turned into a decent coming of age tale. Belly is obviously young and naive in the story and in some ways that made it seem a bit unbelievable as kids these days generally are A LOT more advanced at her age. This in a way made this one feel a bit dated as if it were something from decades ago, along the lines of Dirty Dancing and Baby being naive and growing over the summer just without the dancing side. Of course I loved that movie so when giving up trying to picture the story in this decade I found myself enjoying it more.

3/5 Stars


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