The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han (May 5th 2009—Simon & Schuster)
Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “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.”
Review: Okay so I read books before that lose me here and there but The Summer I Turned Pretty takes the cake. I honestly have no idea what the main point of the book is. Was it to show the relationship of Conrad and Belly (Isabel)? If so then the rushing everything in the last chapter does not qualify it. Or was it to showcase the tightness between the two families? Then why would you write half the book solely on Belly’s romantic swing. Maybe it was the combination of everything—love, family, growth, and coming to terms to the present. Even so the execution was choppy.
At first when the author switches back and forth between present summer and past summer I did not like it. The main reason was because I had trouble following the timeline. But then I noticed the age beneath the chapter and it all became clear. Once I got the flow of things I liked how the author reverts back and forth. It gave more detail about Belly and her situation with the summer family.
What I did not seem to like about this book was the non-connection I had to the majority of characters. There were scenes that I had a deep sense of understanding but overall nothing. I guess if I gave more maybe I would have gotten back more. Who knows?
I just do not know what to say about this book. It was fine—nothing wow, nothing too disturbing to blab on for 5 pages, but nothing really worth picking up.
Overall: I would not really consider this a summer read since it has more of a deeper meaning. More of a fall read when we want to remember summer.
I’m sorry but the guys are so very odd looking. The one on the right looks to drop dead asleep anytime soon and the one on the left has some funk to his hair.
P.S. If I read another book that the main character is name Isabella, Isabelle, or some form of that, I’ll choke myself.
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