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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

  • Pub. Date: April 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 276pg
  • Age Range: Young Adult
  • Series: Belly Conklin Summer Series #1 
Where I got my copy? Local Library

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.

The Summer I Turned Pretty is the story of Belly, a 16 year old girl who spends her every summer in a beach house with her mother, older brother and two sons of her mother's friend. It is an ugly duckling story, a girl that grew up with these three boy and most of the time, they won't include her in their adventures. This particular summer was different though, there are a lot of awkward moments with the two boys, especially with Conrad. Silence in the middle of a comment, blushing and a lot of thinking. This was the summer Belly actually felt it, confidence and being pretty. It was a good story classic teenager, transitioning into a young woman.

I like Sussanah's boys and how different they are from each other. Conrad the bad boy rebel type and Jeremiah the sweet and fun loving type. I also like how Belly told stories of her previous summer spent with them. Th summer when she got her first heart break, the summer when she was 9, 11, 12 and the monumental previous summer Jeremiah and her became real friends. It is all normal their problems, their concerns and their attitude, truly a breath of fresh air. A great story about growing up, young love, coping, and friendship.

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