The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Book - 2009
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Belly spends the summer she turns sixteen at the beach just like every other summer of her life, but this time things are very different.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780606145299
060614529X
9781416968238
1416968237
9781416968290
1416968296
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 22 cm
Call Number: Y HAN, J

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DCLteens Apr 06, 2020

The summer Belly turned pretty was the summer that changed everything. For better, and for worse.

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DCLadults Nov 21, 2019

Two families tied together, a beach, a girl and two boys. Love and loss kick off part one of this trilogy. Also a great listen.


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vydang1
Oct 01, 2020

This has been one of my favorite Young Adult fiction so far. Written by Jenny Han, the major theme in the book is about teenage crushes and boys, even though it does introduce new conflicts close to the end which ties in with other aspects of life. Belly is one of the main characters in the book and she’s also the one who’s telling her story (first person point of view). This book captures Belly’s affection for Conrad, the older son of her mother’s best friend, throughout the years she came to the summer house every summer to see him. It will make you live through the life of Belly as well as understand why she made the decisions she did. Her character is pretty relatable to many young teenage girls, and I think Jenny Han has done a great job doing just that! I would say it is very relatable, and I for sure went through a roller coaster of emotions reading the book. It is a great book in my opinion and I really look forward to the next ones in the sequel!!

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R_u_o_
Sep 05, 2020

I read a lot of books and a lot of times I can’t read them a again, but for some I can read this over and over again maybe it’s because it’s such a good book and you can’t put it down and when you finish it you just want to read it again and again and again, so you don’t miss a thing and you just can’t stop!!!!!📔📔📔Cause if you feel like that than you think exactly like me!!!!....

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Lienhoatn
Jul 23, 2020

ummmmm who would let ppl call them belly?

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chelseawen
Jul 13, 2020

If you loved to All the boys I've Loved Before you would love this. Its by the same author and the characters are so developed. In a way Lara Jean is Belly's reincarnation.

sjpl_rebekah Aug 02, 2019

There is a lot of hype right now surrounding Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series due to the delightful Netflix movie adaptation that was released last year (if you haven’t seen it already, go watch it immediately!). I will probably get to that book series eventually, but her Summer trilogy has been on my “To Read” list for years, so I finally decided to check it out.

Jenny Han’s writing has a way of transporting me back in time. I literally felt 15 years old again as I was listening. The angst and anguish of first love and the end of childhood innocence was conveyed so incredibly well. It made me wish desperately that I had had a summer home in my youth. Seriously who doesn’t long for carefree days filled with waves and sun and ice cream! As someone who had many unrequited crushes in my youth, I could also completely sympathize with Belly’s longing to be noticed by the object of her affection.

Although this book is part of a trilogy, I almost wish it was a standalone. The ending of the book was very sweet, but I could sense that there was going to be a lot of heartache in the next book (which I of course checked out immediately upon finishing this one). Just like Belly, I did not want the summer to end!

They selected a great reader for this series. Her voice sounds age appropriate, and she infuses the story with a lot of emotion with the inflection and tone of her voice.

I think that it was a great experience reading both of these books. These two books include many adventures. I liked what I read because it is like I am in the story, but I am just reading it. There are many problems in this book which makes it more interesting to read. It was really depressing when both of the boy's mom had passed away.
- Ling Ling, Age 14

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blue_bee_1863
Sep 25, 2017

Not the best Jenny Han book.
Because of all her other books I was expecting more romance and a great plot but overall it was likable.

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BookReaderGirl99
Mar 27, 2017

I found this book slightly boring.

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fseac20
Nov 09, 2016

the summer I turned pretty again is one of the best book. Isabel(Belly) has been in love with Conrad since she was ten but didn't realize that Conrad's brother (Jeremiah) has been deeply in love with her. Belly herself does not like Jeremiah the way he likes her this book takes you to the adventure of heartbreak and joy with these triangles.

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avao418
Aug 09, 2016

I loved this book. It's about a Girl named Belly who loved summer. Every summer was the same, but this year it was different. This was the summer she turned pretty. I can't wait to read the next book.

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