The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer I Turned Pretty Series #1)

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer I Turned Pretty Series #1)

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by Jenny Han
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial 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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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
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
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
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)
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781416999171
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Series:
Summer I Turned Pretty Series , #1
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
7,384
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Jenny Han has her master’s degree in creative writing for children from the New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her second novel.
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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The Summer I Turned Pretty 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 1156 reviews.
BookNerd28 More than 1 year ago
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!
marianne68 More than 1 year ago
Good suspense, great story with likeable characters. worth the time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Arielle More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cried reading all 3 books. Story of my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. 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. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han will make you want to grab a beach towel, sunscreen, lemonade and head out to a sandy spot where you can read without being interrupted for a while. Belly has the kind of summers that seem dream like, where moms and kids head to the beach house for three months while the dads drop in on occasional weekends. Even so, all is not perfect: Belly's parents are divorced, her mom's friend Susannah has battled breast cancer, and the kids are growing up, changing the dynamic of all their relationships.  These are amazing books worth reading. I couldn't put them down the first and second time around. The absolute perfect summer read.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters were sooo real. I wish i had my own Fisher family for the summer:( if only they made a movie!!!!!!
Azjura More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just like most girls .WE GET STUCK BETWEEN TWO GUYS!!!!!!!!awsome story and awesome/sad ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read the whole series, once you start you cant stop. This is on the top part of my favs list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from cover to cover. Great summer read :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BookReaperCS More than 1 year ago
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 "pretty." 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have ever read!!it was SOgood!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read it 6 times and still can't get enough
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I started reading the firsy one and i finished it that same night and i needed to know what happened so i read and finished the second and third book that same night. I couldnt put the book down. They are all so well written and its really a great story. The whole time all i wanted was for belly and conrad to be together. Also i like how at the end of each book there is a passage from the next book, it made it impossible for me to stop reading. I would definatly recomend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started this book at the beginning of the week, and I am almost done with 3/4 of the book. It is really good. There is some language every now and then, and some of the themes aren't the best at times (teen drinking...). But all that stuff you forget when you get thrown into the love story of Belly. Really great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and it takes you on an emotional roller coaster saying what weve all beent rhough in a book!!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recomend this book to the romantic soul. It is a pefect book for reading on the beach or if your not at the beach and wish to be. It seems to take you there. While most of the story doesnt happen in the sand, you can still hear the sounds of the beach through the imagry used by the writer. I believe this is more a book for girls to read, due to the more sentimental and emotion elements of the story. I think the way the author tells the story allows the reader to relate and have a personal understanding to what is happening