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Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty (The Summer Trilogy)

Author: Jenny Han

Published by: Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers

Pages: 276

Release Date: May 5, 2009

Reviewed by: Pat

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.

My Thoughts

I never knew about this series until I watched a Sims 3 series of this (Sadly, it was only three episodes and I was looking forward to how it would go in a Sims movie) on YouTube. I decided to get the book after watching the Sims 3 version and I loved it.

It's an easy read and the chapters are a bit quick and short. It is an amazing read. It's good that the author added flashbacks, but some of them do tend to get in the way of the story. But the flashbacks were kept short and there weren't a lot so it wouldn't stray away from the plot. There were some parts that I felt weren't necessary or parts that kept me hanging. There were also cute moments in the books which I admit made me giddy and giggly. Towards the end, some parts drag a bit, but it quickly got me hooked back into the story.

The only problem I had with the book was the main character, Belly. I liked her in the first two chapters, but after that I started to not like her after that. I wasn't really fond of her personality and her attitude towards some things. I didn't like the way she treated her mother and her friend, Taylor Jewel. She treated Susannah like she was her mother and treated Laurel like she wasn't her mother at all. The way she treated her mother was disappointing and I felt bad for her because she did things so that she could be a mother to Belly. But towards the end, I did develop a soft spot for Belly since I started to understand her a bit more.

Since I had fun reading this one, I think I might read the next two books and I'm very excited to find out what's next. Since my birthday's coming up soon, I might as well get the last two books to read (Yay!). 


  1. I keep meaning to read this one because everyone seems to love it. Last summer I almost read it and then NaNoWriMo happened and I had to re-organise. But I am def putting this on the list for this summer.

  2. The book was a tad confusing at first because there are flashbacks to her previous summers at the beach house, yet I enjoyed this book very much. I am sorry if my review was a little confusing but I am writing this before I leave for my trip, so I am a little excited! Ha. I would recommend this book to every teenage girl who loves romance books with a little something else added to them.

  3. I really enjoyed this book too but I also agree with a lot of the points you have made. Belly was quite annoying and whiny but I did warm to her towards the end and her attitude towards Laurel was irritating too since her mother really loved her. The flashbacks - I felt - were quite good and worked effectively but they did get in the way of the story a bit! And I LOVE both Jeremiah and Conrad <3

    Great review, Pat!

  4. Nice book! A typical teenage love triangle. It happens all the time especially on young adults! Thanks for sharing it!

  5. I've been thinking about reading this series over the summer. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  7. haha everyone seems to have a problem with belly's personality - so did i! and i was also a bit disappointed about the way she treats her mum. i thought laurel was a brilliant mum and reacted to belly in just the right ways!

    so funny you actually found out about this via a sims3 movie, that's actually hilarious!

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