Some summers are just destined to be pretty
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.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
I'm ashamed to say The Summer I Turned Pretty has been sitting on my to be read shelf for waaaay too long. I adore realistic fiction and contemporary novels hold a special place in my heart. The Summer I Turned Pretty did not disappoint. I started it early one morning and did not put it down until I was finished a few hours later. I was completely submerged in reading about Belly and her magical, heartbreaking summer. Jenny Han has written a truly fabulous novel.
The characters in The Summer I Turned Pretty were all extremely complex and developed. I felt as if I knew each and every one of the characters in this novel down to the very minor ones. Belly was a main character I will feel attached to from now on. She was by no means perfect which made her that much more relatable and likable. The reader gets to experience the ups and downs of Belly's life. She has her angry, immature moments just like anyone else, yet also has a great sense of humor and love for those around her. Belly has spent every summer she can remember with her mother, brother, her mother's best friend and her two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. Every one of these characters plays a large role in the story and by the end I felt like I truly knew them. The novel mainly focuses on Belly, Jeremiah, and Conrad and the feelings they have for other people, and, they may discover, each other. Jeremiah and Conrad were two terrific guys and although they were brothers they had very distinctive personalities. Readers got to really know the brothers and see how things in their life were a lot harder than anyone may have originally thought.
The Summer I Turned Pretty is a truly magical start to what I'm sure will be a romantic and emotional series. The plot was original and drew me in right away. I also enjoyed reading the "flashback" chapters that featured certain key moments from summers past. There are some very emotional parts in this novel and all of the characters are dealing with a lot. Belly is faced with some difficult decisions friendship and romance wise and I'm eager to find out more concerning that in the sequel. The ending was sweet, but left me teary!
Overall, The Summer I Turned Pretty was a beautiful and engrossing sophomore novel and I am dying to pick up the sequel, It's Not Summer Without You, as soon as possible. If you haven't picked this up already, I highly recommend it! Jenny Han has successfully made it onto my favorite authors list.
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
May 5, 2009/
Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing/276 Pages/Young Adult/Book One
Source: Bought (Hardcover)
Other books in the series: It's Not Summer Without You,We'll Always Have Summer (2011)