The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han

Posted July 16, 2013 in 4 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

The Summer I Turned PrettyThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
 Januray 2009
 Young Adult, Contemporary
Maturity Rating:
 Ok for a slightly younger teen
 4/5 stars


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.


When I started this book I thought it would be a typical summer romance story. Clearly I was wrong. I fell in love with most of the characters at the very start. The main character Belly (the worst nickname ever) is easy to relate to which is really important in a book like this. She likes this boy Conrad and has every since she was younger. I liked Conrad at the start of the book but as it got to the middle I started disliking him more and more. He’s basically a jerk who doesn’t care about breaking someone’s heart. My favorite was Jeremiah because he was the funny boy who always eased the tension. I wish there had been more of him in this book.

The plot was pretty basic. Belly is in love with Conrad and wants to be with him. The usual stuff. This is why it doesn’t get 5 out of 5. It was addicting and hard to put down but when it was over I didn’t care. A really good book makes you want more after it’s done. This one didn’t do that for me.

I’m giving it 4 out of 5.

“It’s the imperfections that make things beautiful”

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