The Summer I Turned Pretty

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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 — ...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book has what every girl wants in a summer." — Sarah Dessen, author of Just Listen and Lock and Key

"The Summer I Turned Pretty offers a hard-to-resist combination — a beach house, summer love, enduring friendship. A deliciously sweet read." — Deb Caletti, author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart and Wild Roses

"If I could live inside this amazing book, I would. I would inhale the ocean air and soak up the sun, and I would hang out all day with kind-wonderful-funny-awkward Belly and her two known-'em-forever buds, Jeremiah and Conrad. I'd watch the three of them stop being kids and start being more...and I'd hope hope hope that when Belly falls in love — 'cause you know she will — she'd give her heart to the exact right boy." — Lauren Myracle, author of the ttyl series and Bliss

"This well-written coming-of-age story introduces 15-year-old Isabel, aka Belly, for whom summer has always been the most important time of year. Han (Shug) realistically balances Belly's naïveté with her awareness of the changes the years have brought. Han's novel offers plenty of summertime drama." — Starred review from Publishers Weekly

"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

Publishers Weekly

This well-written coming-of-age story introduces 15-year-old Isabel, aka Belly, for whom summer has always been the most important time of year: it's when her family shares a beach house with her mother's best friend, Susannah, and her two sons. Like Belly's older brother, Steven, Susannah's boys have always thought of Belly as their younger sister. But this summer-"It was the summer everything began"-is different. One brother, Jeremiah, is suddenly interested in Belly, but she has always had a crush on dark and unattainable Conrad. And then there is Cam, also spending the summer at the beach, who becomes Belly's first boyfriend. Han (Shug) realistically balances Belly's naïveté with her awareness of the changes the years have brought ("In some ways it was even harder being the only girl back then. In some ways not"). Anecdotal chapters of past summers are interspersed, rounding out Belly's character, her attachment to Susannah and her desire for the boys to include her. First in a planned trilogy, Han's novel offers plenty of summertime drama to keep readers looking forward to the next installment. Ages 12-up. (May)

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VOYA - Anna Toegel
The Summer I Turned Pretty is a charming book about a girl who marks her life by summers. Everything good, everything bad, everything surprising, everything disappointing, and especially everything romantic happens during the summer. Like any other sixteen-year-old girl, she is dealing with her conflicting feelings for different boys, dealing with her feelings of being misunderstood, and dealing with difficult parents, friends who overpower, and being caught in a trap of low self-esteem. There is something in this book to which any girl can relate. Reviewer: Anna Toegel, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Kim Carter
All her life, Belly (short for Isabel), her older brother Steven, and their mother Laurel have spent the summer months with her mother's lifetime best friend, Susannah Fisher, and her two boys, Conrad and Jeremiah, at the Fisher's beach house in Cousins Beach. Belly has always adored Susannah, idolized Conrad, and been friends with Jeremiah. As she approaches her sixteenth birthday, not only are Conrad and Jeremiah treating her differently, she is also being noticed by other boys. Although Belly could vainly say "so many boys, so little time," the truth is that they have never before seen her that way. Now that everything is changing, Belly's head is spinning. How can she know who she really loves, and in what way? How can she sort through the intersections between love and friendship, want and need, and the past, present and future? With flashbacks of past summers interwoven with this particularly memorable and momentous summer, this novel chronicles the complexities of intimate relationships through Belly's first-person narrative. Despite the ambiguous and potentially unsatisfying ending, richly developed characters bridge an idyllic summer setting with the starker realities of life, much as gentle summer vacation fantasies must ultimately give way to the demands of daily life. Although most obviously a precursor to adult chick-lit books, this poignant summer tale is equally appropriate for male readers learning to navigate changing relationships with male and female friends and family. Reviewer: Kim Carter
Children's Literature - Renee Farrah
Sixteen-year-old Belly lives for her summers spent at the beach house. It is her time with her mother's friend Susannah and her two sons Conrad and Jeremiah. Family friends since she can remember, their summers spent together are comfortably familiar and all negativity from their everyday lives is left at home. But this summer is different. Belly's brother Steven will be leaving early to look at colleges, Conrad is being reclusive, Jeremiah is less perky than usual, and Susannah is spending a lot of time alone. Belly has spent her in-between-summer-time cultivating her crush on Conrad, and his rebellious absence is confusing and difficult to handle. As Belly sifts through emotions and memories, she recognizes that the summers of her childhood have passed but her freedom is just beginning. As information trickles out, Belly is ready to handle anything, even if it means the real world touching the beach house. A beautifully written coming-of-age story, it wistfully captures the beach vacation spirit and the dynamics of different relationships. Reviewer: Renee Farrah
School Library Journal

Gr 7-10

Romantic and heartbreakingly real, this novel follows 15-year-old Belly through the most important summer of her life. Every year, her family shares a beach house with Belly's mother's best friend, Susannah, and her two sons. Belly has always had a crush on Conrad, the older boy, but he has always treated her like an annoying younger sister. This summer, everything changes. The beautifully written novel captures Belly's realization that she is changing into an attractive young woman with a growing power over the boys in her life. They include Cam, the "nice" boy she should fall for but doesn't, and Jeremiah, Susannah's younger son. Only Conrad is seemingly immune to Belly's charms. Meanwhile, Susannah and her family are dealing with problems that Belly does not fully comprehend. Flashbacks to previous summers show her struggles to make Conrad and Jeremiah notice and include her, and how hurt she was when they didn't. The novel perfectly blends romance, family drama, and a coming-of-age tale, one that is substantially deeper than most, but it will still satisfy those hoping for a soapy story of summer love. Belly's discovery that you can't always choose who you love will appeal to readers, as will the author's expert evocation of a magical time when absolutely anything could happen.-Miranda Doyle, San Francisco Unified School District

Kirkus Reviews
Han's leisurely paced, somewhat somber narrative revisits several beach-house summers in flashback through the eyes of now 15-year-old Isabel, known to all as Belly. Belly measures her growing self by these summers and by her lifelong relationship with the older boys, her brother and her mother's best friend's two sons. 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. In the background the two mothers renew their friendship each year, and Lauren, Belly's mother, provides support for her friend-if not, unfortunately, for the children-in Susannah's losing battle with breast cancer. Besides the mostly off-stage issue of a parent's severe illness there's not much here to challenge most readers-driving, beer-drinking, divorce, a moment of surprise at the mothers smoking medicinal pot together. The wish-fulfilling title and sun-washed, catalog-beautiful teens on the cover will be enticing for girls looking for a diversion. (Fiction. 12-14)
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Fifteen-year-old Belly has always spent the summer at her family's beach house. It is where she feels defined, loved, and safe. But during the summer she is turning 16, everything begins to change. Belly, her brother Steven, and their best friends Jeremiah and Conrad are all growing up and soon will be moving in different directions. Each teenager begins the summer trying to go on as if nothing is changing, but as time passes, they are all forced to recognize the differences in their relationships with one another and with the world. Steven and Conrad will be in college in the fall, Belly has finally admitted her love for Conrad, Jeremiah has fallen in love with Belly, and the boys' mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Nothing can ever be the same. Jenny Han's hauntingly beautiful novel (S & S, 2009) is brilliantly read by Jessica Almasy who perfectly reflects Belly's teenage angst, emotional growth, and hard-earned revelations. She easily conveys the frustration and pain that causes Conrad to act out all summer, as well as the lackadaisical way that Jeremiah tries to breeze through his summer experience. All of the characters are wonderfully believable and the audiobook's overall tone creates an emotional and evocative listening experience. A must-have for public libraries and recommended for high school libraries, but it should be noted that there is some teenage drinking and mention of sexual situations.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416968290
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Series: Summer I Turned Pretty Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 35,031
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 5.60 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Han

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.

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  • Posted June 28, 2009

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    good summer read

    This was a good summer read, I read it in a few hours. The characters were very realistic, and I loved that, even though Belly's whinning got on my nerves at times...but that's a typical 15-year-old girl. This was a very touching story.
    The only complaint I have is the confusion of time. The author didn't indicate very clearly when she was talking about the past and when she was talking about the present, but once I got the hang of it (around the middle of the book) it was easy to follow.
    Just to spare you the same confusion, Belly is 15 in the present. When she talks about the past she was 13. And her friend Taylor came to stay with her, it was in the past when she was 13.
    Enjoy!

    79 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

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    Good suspense, great story with likeable characters. worth the t

    Good suspense, great story with likeable characters. worth the time

    36 out of 44 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2010

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    This book is amazing.

    I've read many books,I'm a book worm. But this book is my FAVORITE! I love all of it! I love how Belly isn't 'dumb' with her decisions like other books main girl. I love the connection she has with Jeremiah & even though they kinda have something,they are still best friends. & her relationship with Conrad is really emotional & crazy. I love love love love this book & I recommend it %100! I've read it sooooooo many times!

    35 out of 43 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

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    The summer I turned pretty

    This is my all time FAVORITE book!!! I read it over and over and over! this book is really good for teen girls that love to read about love.Haha.

    21 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    Reviewed by Angela S. for TeensReadToo.com

    Belly lives for the Summer. To her, the months in between summer are nothing but passing time until the next summer starts. Summer is a time that everything happens, and when Belly is happiest.

    Most summer's are the same . Driving down to the beach house with her mother and brother, Steven, swimming at night when she can't sleep, but finally, one summer, everything changes.

    When Belly gets to the beach house, the boys she's known forever - Jeremiah and Conrad, who've been her crushes and brother figures all at once - look at her differently. They don't just treat her like one of the guys anymore. Conrad smokes now, and he quit the football team, something that Belly never saw coming. His brother, Jeremiah, is now a jock.

    Belly wonders how everything has changed so quickly.

    But when things start to change, they eventually end up just as they should have been all along. THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY is a wonderfully written novel that you won't want to put down!

    20 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

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    Light hearted read

    Belly, her brother Steven and her mother always go to Susannah's beach house every summer. Susannah has two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. Susannah and Belly's mother, Laurel have been friends forever, and every summer they spend at this beach house, in Cousin's. Belly was always the one that was left out. The only girl out of the four kids, she was used to having to hang out with herself. But this summer is different. She's pretty.

    Belly has always been pretty, but for some reason this summer people actually see her beauty. Her brother Steven is going to be a senior, and later in the summer he leaves with his dad to go on a road trip to look at colleges. Conrad is going to be a freshman in college, and he has been acting strange all summer and Belly wants to know why. Jeremiah is still the same, Belly's true friend, they always stick together. There's a secret that Susannah is keeping from Belly, and she doesn't find out until it's too late. And she also enjoys a summer romance with a boy named Cam.

    Belly has to learn that as she gets older, and the summers creep past her, she has to grow up and be a mature, young woman. She battles boys, love, family issues, and her maturity.

    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.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    The perfect book

    This book took me away every moment I pick it up. I would drool over this amazing story.Once you begin to reconize the story and grow with belly you will bye the 2nd and3rd book before you have even finished the first!!!
    I would surley recomend this book to every one i know!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Summer series

    I cried when i finished the summer series because it is very relatable and everything the author says has something important to the plot not just filler sentences


    Unexplainable joy after reading

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    Best book of life

    The characters were sooo real. I wish i had my own Fisher family for the summer:( if only they made a movie!!!!!!

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Horrible

    This book had so much potential but let me down so many times. First, the main character Belly was VERY annoying and got on my nerves throughout the entire book. I thought she acted very immature. The other characters were generally annoying at best all except for Susanna and she was hardly mentioned. The writing was amateur at best and all the flashbacks were highly confusing. Overall a terrible book and i would not recomend it to anyone.

    7 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Love this book

    Cried reading all 3 books. Story of my life.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2011

    A MUST READ YOU WILL NOT REGRET!!

    I absolutely LOVED this book! You will not be dissapointed with it.I just love the characters.You get so drawn into them that it came to the point that I felt like I was belly! :) Another thing that I liked about this book is how Jenny Han made a happy medium with the two brothers Jeremiah and Conrad.One's mysterious and dark,(Conrad)a little on the quiet side,doesn't let you know what he's thinking about but you're still drawn to him.Then you have Jeremiah,who is the complete opposite of conrad.He's always happy,always smiling,always having a good time.He can turn a quiet room into a laughing one :) So I'm glad Jenny Han kinda gives you a choice.That way if you don't like the dark mysterious conrad,you can always go for the happy uplifting jeremiah :) But I will forever be Team Conrad! haha :) So read this book,you will definitely not regret it.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2009

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    A Terrifically Emotional Ending!

    This book was good all the way up to the last few chapters when you think you knew what was going to happen and nothing you expct happens! The ending was incredibly emotional I cried! This book keeps you wanting more all the way to the end (i read it in three straight hours).

    Although my only complaint about this book was that the synopsis given on the inside cover of the book I feel did not justly sum up how the relationship between Belly and the two Beck boys truly is.

    However, this truely was a fantastic piece of literature and could be enjoyed by women of all ages. Everyone could gain a little something from a book like this one! Can't wait to see what else the author has to offer!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is just like most girls .WE GET STUCK BETWEEN TWO GUYS!!!!!!!!awsome story and awesome/sad ending

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Anynomous

    Ive read the whole series, once you start you cant stop. This is on the top part of my favs list.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    LOVED IT!- Deff a Need 2 Read for Teens!

    Great book and it takes you on an emotional roller coaster saying what weve all beent rhough in a book!!! <3

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

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    This is the perfect book to read during the Summer time. Filled

    This is the perfect book to read during the Summer time. Filled with romance, and the beach, this is truly one book of Summer Romance. I know I am a guy and sometimes the romance can be all to much for me, but this book was one I fell right into and couldn't stop until the end.

    Belly is a girl who is very unknowing of things and when heading to the beach, for what she thinks will just be like any other summer, she will see that she turned indeed &quot;pretty.&quot; I don't know which guy I wish I could root for, because I will be going for one brother and than the other one comes out of no where and surprises me. However, by the end, I know who I would hope Belly would choose and I stick with that answer.

    This book is filled with happiness but sadness follows close in the shadows. The Summer I Turned Pretty is a book people can relate to when they grew up and even now when they grow up they can still relate to as well. Filled with the Summer bursting out of its pages, this book is a must-read for every summer.

    I can't wait to pick up the next book in the series, and i yuo haven't stumbled across this book yet, swing by your book store and pick up a copy to read.

    I give this book 5 souls!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    Happy

    Best book ever

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Gret Gret Great:))

    AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Amazing

    I loved this book from cover to cover. Great summer read
    :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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