The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Published by Simon & Schuster
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary: (From Goodreads)
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.
The Summer I Turned Pretty is an engaging read, and definitely one of those books that you wish you lived in. Throw in two really hot guys (totally crush-worthy, I might add myself,) and the awesome setting of the beach house, this makes a perfect summer read.
I love summer. I definitely agree with Belly: it's the best part of the year. There were so many vivid descriptions, and I felt as if I was swept up right into this book. I definitely felt that summer breeze wafting around, and wouldn't I want to be the one right there with Jeremiah and Conrad!
Speaking of those two hot guys.....WOAH. I completely fell in love. I have to say that I loved Jeremiah a whole lot more, but I did love Conrad too.
The only thing that bugged me about this book was Belly. I am sorry, but though I definitely thought Belly was a realistic character, but that girl bugged me. I just found that she was so back and forth, one second feeling this, and the next second totally different. I also found that one chapter she would say something, and the next it would be totally different. I appreciated her as a main character, and I liked that she was easy to relate to, but she bugged me.
Overall, though, The Summer I Turned Pretty is a gorgeous summer novel. It plagued lots of emotion in me, which is something that takes a lot. I can't wait to get my hands on It's Not Summer Without You, the second book.