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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Summer I Turned Pretty

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.

Cover C+
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.


  1. Too bad, I thought it was going to be cool. And agreed with you on the name thing. I don't dig Belly either. Sounds so weird.

  2. Hmm, I've been having this focus problem on my writing lately too. It's too bad this one didn't work out for you. I guess I'll check it out from the library and see what I think of it.

  3. Haha, so no Twilight series for you xD

    I don't think I would've picked the book up in the first place but thanks for the review!

  4. Thanks for the honest review. :D I'm still excited to read it though. ;)

  5. Nice review - it was honest. I still want to read it, but I think I'll get it from the library.

  6. Thanks for the review-I love it when reviewers are honest. I really enjoyed Jenny Han's debut novel Shug, so I'm interested in reading this one, although the premise doesn't thrill me. And I totally agree about the Isabel, Bella, whatever thing-can't anyone think of another girls name??

  7. The review was honest, I'll give you that, but really. I thought this book was so deep and it really brought out real life to me. As for the name, I loved how her name was Belly. It sounded realistic, and i really don't think it had anything to do with the Twilight series. Oh, and for the cover? I thought it was kind of shallow for you to say that. The models looked like real people, not movie stars. Overall, the book gets an A-. Great job, Jenny.

  8. Haha, I loved the book. xD *is pelted with water bottles*

    No, seriously! Probably my fave love triangle thing next to the Hunger games! The switching flashbacks confused me, too, but I loved it anyways. :P

  9. ARE YOU GUYS SERIOUS? THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK IVE EVER READ. I read this one for only a day (even though I normally finish reading a book for like a week) because its so great and amazing. The story is so amazing that I couldnt think of other words to describe it. This is truly a must read book. I dont know what those people were thinking before they posted a comment. I recommend this to all of you people. I even cried while reading this because it's so great and touching and ...........

  10. holy frekin crapp...u guys must be kidding...like seriously........this was by far the best book evaaaaaaa...ok...and let me tell u..i hate reading books more than once..yet this book, i read 7 times in one weekend..no joke..and tomrow im gonna read the next 2..and im legit dying to read them.....and btw..the name Belly is what mks the book so unique and nice..and more enjoyable.. ♥♥♥