Jun 2, 2014

Book Review | The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han
Published Date: May 9, 2009
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Belly lives for summers. She, her mother, and Steven, her brother, always go to Cousins and spend their summer with Susannah and her boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. It seems like a tradition of the two families because they've been doing that way before the children was born.

But this summer is different from all the summers that Belly spent with everyone else. Steven and Conrad will have to go to college the following school year, and then Jeremiah will be busy for his football practices. Belly knows that this summer will change something between the four of them.

First of all, Belly is just the protagonist's nickname. You'll know her real name, Isabel, after reading a few chapters. Belly is your typical 16-year old girl, whose problem is mostly about boys. She doesn't believe that she's pretty, until puberty hits her, and when guys started checking her out, and the Beck's boys are not an exception. Belly can be annoying sometimes, especially how she treats people when she thought they're doing something not right, but then again, at some point we can relate to what she's feeling.

Throughout the summer, she spent most of it with Steven, and with Beck's boys. Conrad is the eldest, the enigmatic leader among the boys. And then there's Jeremiah, the easy-going guy who makes everyone laughs. And then, there's also Cameron, the guy who thought that Belly was beautiful even before Belly realized it.

The Summer I Turned Pretty is told in Belly's point of view. Aside from what's happening that summer, readers will also get a glimpse of what were there summers like before. It certainly gives us the reason to know why Belly fell in love with the serious, enigmatic guy that is Conrad, instead of the carefree Jeremiah.

All in all, The Summer I Turned Pretty  is a light read that is perfect for summer, a romance story with a pinch of drama. It certainly has that cliche atmosphere, but if you want to read something that is light and easy to go through, Belly's story is the right one for you.


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