The Summer I Turned Pretty
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The Summer I Turned Pretty

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Belly's never been the kind of girl that things happen to. Year after year, she's spent her summers at the beach house with Conrad and Jeremiah. The boys never noticed Belly noticing them. And every summer she hoped it would be different. This time, it was. But the summer Belly turned pretty was the summer that changed everything. For better, and for worse.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 142.24 x 215.9 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1416968237
  • 9781416968238
  • 191,843

Review quote

"Belly's dawning awareness of her sexuality and that of the boys is a strong theme, as is the sense of summer as a separate and reflective time and place. Readers get glimpses of kisses on the beach, her best friend's flirtations during one summer's visit, a first date." -- Kirkus Reviewsshow more

About Jenny Han

Jenny Han has her master's degree in creative writing for children from the New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. This is her second novel.show more

Rating details

105,655 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (32,169)
3 21% (22,400)
2 7% (7,162)
1 3% (2,777)

Our customer reviews

Also reviewed on my blog, The Vintage Bookworm. (www.vintagebookworm.blogspot.com) I've heard great things about this series. I've seen them around everywhere for a while and the covers are gorgeous. Finally, after seeing the third (And I think final.)book in the series released in April, I decided I HAD to at least read the first book before 2012. And I was able to snag it from the library and I am so glad I did! I was sucked in right away, blowing through fifty pages before even knowing it. Though at times I got confused with going back to when she was younger, even though it showed which age and everything at the beginning of the chapter. I wonder if it was just me. It was a little annoying for a little while, but didn't really take away from the story. Belly is a unique nickname, it really fit her character. She kind of annoyed me at times because she was a bit spoiled, selfish and a little immature (She sometimes felt younger than 15 going on 16.). I really liked Conrad and Jeremiah, they felt the realist to me. I think they were my two top favorite characters. I liked Cam as well, and Steven, but they just seemed kind of...bland to me. If you know what I mean? The writing flowed very well, and despite me not having a lot of reading time, I felt like I blew through the story. I can't wait to read the second book! I checked my libraries online catalog as soon as I read the last page, but they don't have a copy at my branch, it's currently being transferred between libraries. Darn! Though I am very tempted to drive to another one to pick it up.... Overall, this would be a GREAT beach read. (And someone DID read it on the beach because there was sand in the plastic cover of the library binding and water damage to the book...)I will definitely be picking this book back up in the future, maybe in the summer. =) Very cute and a fast read. Though there are some sad parts in the end, and I need the sequel as soon as possible to figure out how that ended.show more
by Amanda
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