The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)
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The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1)

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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 be...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Ruth
I nearly melted when Conrad was introduced. That strong, silent, protective guy, why, he was even sexier than Edward Cullen! And although he didn't sparkle, he certainly made up for it by his sorrowful brooding, which my heart soared out to. I mean, who DOESN'T understand when someone who is in pain turns to drinking and picking fights at parties?There is just something so alluring, so captivating, about Conrad, because what he does not say or do in words is immediately engraved in my ever-lovin...more
Arlene
There was so much about this book that bothered me, and I almost gave up on it several times. I think the thing that bothered me most though was the protagonist. Very often, if I can't connect or feel compassion for the main character, the book has slim to no chance of winning me over. In my opinion, Belly was such an immature, self-focused and petulant child. Her actions and feelings about events and people really were annoying that I wanted to shake some sense into her, I'll provide more speci...more
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Amazing...that's only thing i can say! :) I recommend this book to everybody. One of the best books I've ever read :)

EDIT: 19 likes for two sentences? seriously, well thank you! Still this book is probably the best summer book ever.
Melannie :)
I didn't like this book.

The thing that bother me the most was the girl, Belly, she was VERY annoying. I also just couldn't connect with the story, I mean all the book is about how much she loooooves Conrad (one of her mom's best friend's sons) and everything in her lifes revolves around Conrad.

It was bording on obsession actually, she came across as pathetic. And she complained about EVERYTHING, that the boys wouldn't play with her, that the boys weren't paying her attention, that her bestfriend...more
Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Characters: 5 stars

Setting: 5 stars

Plot: 4

Honourable Mention: To Susannah. For being the embodiment of summer, and pretty much perfect.

***OOH, possible spoilers ahead guys, watch out!

Well. So that was...

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I feel a lot like this:

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Because I am sure of two things:

1.) I freaking love this series. And Conrad. I really freaking adore him, more than Jeremiah I am happy to say. Ah, to be young and fictionally in love...

2.) This is my new favourite series.

And three, because I'm...more
Sam
Contemporary fiction and I are hardly well acquainted, so it is always a much welcomed surprise when a book in this genre manages to grab my attention. Admittedly, any sort of story with a love triangle at its core is destined to frustrate me to some extent, and that much proved true for The Summer I Turned Pretty, but I was strangely content with the story overall. I have my favourite boy, and I have declared myself Team so-and-so (and things better end up the way I want them to), but trivial p...more
Hershey  (Wants to be Magneto)
☼ An awesome summer read ☼



This story was so cute! I loved all the characters because each and every one of them made me grin happily.

Belly

"It was a summer I'd never, ever forget.It was the summer everything began. It was the summer I turned pretty."

Belly's whole life was measured in summers. According to her, winter didn't count. It was summer that mattered. Why? Because she gets to meet her two favorite boys, Conrad and Jeremiah.
I found Belly very amusing and fun to read about. She was such...more
Jessie
Just some thoughts.

Actual rating: 2.5 stars

Belly:
Belly's pretty much clueless the whole time. She thinks the world revolves around her but it doesn't. She's shallow as hell. But for some reason, she doesn't annoy me too much. (She was getting on my nerves a lot toward the end of the book, though.) Overall, she's just an okay character.(view spoiler) I also don't get h...more
Kat Stark


This book begs the question: Can you actually enjoy a book even if you hate the MCs guts?



Answer: Surprisingly, yes

I'm still a little shocked myself on how much I enjoyed this. Let's just go over my notes first:
"Belly" is a brat. She pouts to much, she's selfish, and she gets pissed when things don't go her way. It's so aggravating to the point where I want to push her off a cliff. Here are a list of things that I hated:

-She is extremely possessive of her guy friends. God-fucking-forbid if there'...more
 Arushi
This book made me want to cry tears of blood.

Belly, if someone is hurting and tells you to stop talking, you don’t just kiss them. Also, if you and your friend overhear about his mother’s breast cancer, you don’t think thoughts like ‘oh, I hope she doesn’t loose a boob’

No. Just, no.

My husband does not approve of you.

Low Points in this book:
Belly. Girl, this is for being whiny and obnoxious. Also, for being a bitch to your mother and thinking that she would never ever do anything for you and for...more
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Jan 05, 2012 Aly (Fantasy4eva) rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those that have always wished for the perfect summer, for that perfect someone.
Rating: 4.5

I'm so glad I bought this with me now. It's one of those books that guarantee's you butterflies and giggles.

Every summer Belly visits cousins Beach with her mother and brother. There they meet up with Susannah (her mothers best friend) and her two boy's, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has always loved Conrad. But she has always been able to rely on Jer. He's the safety net, the sweet, uncomplicated best friend type-of-guy. But this summer promises to be different. You see, Belly's all gro...more
Regan
4.5? 5? I don't even know, but this book read like a dream and I really enjoyed it.

Also, I am terrified about what is going to happen in the later books.
Amy (Turn the Page)
The Summer I Turned Pretty is the first book in a YA series that by all accounts, seems to be well-loved and incredibly popular.

It’s your typical teenage love-triangle set against a pretty backdrop of sea, sun and sand, and not a whole lot else. With these types of books, when we all know what’s going to happen, it’s the characters and dialogue that really make the story.

It’s a pity then, that I so intensely disliked Isabel.

She was, to put it bluntly, a brat. (Other words I came to associate wit...more
Jude
I’ve heard a lot of gushing and good reviews about this novel, and that it has a lot of similarities to Sarah Dessen’s stories. Well, let me tell you, I do NOT agree, and I’m a HUGE fan of Sarah Dessen, and to compare it with her works? To be honest I find it insulting, even if Sarah Dessen herself said that this story was great, I just didn’t feel it. And it's not because I had a lot of expectations of the book, I swear I had never heard of it, but it seemed interesting, and it had a 30% off.

Be...more
Thomas
Every year, Belly craves for summer to come sooner. Summer is the time of year that brings her happiness and fulfillment. She looks forward to the beach house, the pool, the boardwalk - but more importantly, the people awaiting her. Her almost aunt Susannah, and the boys who are everything to her: Jeremiah and Conrad. This summer Jeremiah remains his usual self - cheerful, and Belly's bright best friend. Conrad, who Belly has crushed on ever since she was little, quit the football team and myste...more
Carolina
So… I liked the plot, the idea and all that. You want to know the problem? Belly.

Yep, I didn’t like her. She was selfish, she knew she should sometimes say something different, be nice, and she would be a complete bitch.

And her friendship with Taylor? There was no friendship at all. Belly was too focused in being jealous or in being happy because Conrad didn’t give that much attention to Taylor. God, what kind of friend was her? I mean, Taylor wasn’t perfect either, but come on! If Belly was re...more
Victoria
Ah I’m still gushing about this book! I can’t believe I never picked it up before. The Summer I Turned Pretty is one of those books that after you’re done reading it you want to pick it up and re-read it because you’re not quite done being there in the story. If you haven’t read them and are planning to do so make sure you have the first and second book right away, third if it’s out by then! I don’t know if I could have survived without having the second one right away, which I’m currently gobbl...more
Steph Bowe
The Summer I Turned Pretty is a gorgeous novel about first love that occurs over the course of a summer. Every year, 15-year-old Isabel (known as Belly to almost everyone) goes to the beach house her mother's best friend, Susannah, owns. Susannah's eldest son, 18-year-old Conrad, is aloof and moody, and Belly's been in love with him since she was ten. Jeremiah, the youngest son at sixteen, is friendly and like a brother to Belly. Then there's Cam - a boy she meets at a party. After spending ever...more
Hannah
WOW.... I am speechless to how AMAZING this book is!

So at one am this morning I decided I couldn't sleep and decided to read a book to make me tired! I chose this one.... I didn't get to sleep until 5am, I refused to put it down!
It is pretty easy to say that I LOVE this book, well because I do :P The characters are amazing and Belly as the main protaganist is a likeable character. She is easy ro relate to as she is your somewhat typical teenaged girl:
-Has a crush on a guy that's "unattainabl...more
Carla
I went into reading this book knowing nothing about it other than the fact that it had a pretty cover and a protagonist with the silliest name I have ever heard. But, something about the synopsis made me think that this book would be like no other girl book I have ever read. It talks about things that have been written about a hundred times over; girl finally getting noticed, hot brothers, maybe a possible love triangle thrown into the mix. But the way it kind of glosses over what the plotline r...more
Erin
Some books are read as an escape; moving readers into a fantastical world filled with mind boggling possibilities that exist outside the ordinary.

Some books are read for the mystery and intrigue; to work the case that no one else was brave enough to lead and to solve the whodunit in a way that stumps even the most skeptic critic.

Some books are read for love; to vicariously feel the unconditional and epic love that readers daydream of.

And then there are books that actually take you back in time,...more
Meg ♥
This was a quick, easy read, but very realistic. Belly is a character that I'm sure so many young girls can relate to. She sees summer as a time when great things happen, and she spends every summer at her mother's best friend's beach house. The story is paced quickly, and there is a great little love triangle that leaves the reader guessing if Belly will eventually end up with Jerremiah or Conrad...or even another random guy she meets at a a local party.

While it is a simple read I enjoyed the f...more
Tammara
Title and cover say Summer Beach Read -- but this novel delves so much deeper and unfolds into true coming-of-age genius. I fell in love with Belly, despite her nickname! The conflicting feelings she has for the brothers she sees every summer, and the love she develops for each of them -- oh, man. So well-done. I bought every word of it.
♥ Becky  22
The Summer I Turned Pretty (god, that is a long title. I'm just gonna call it SummerPretty from now on, kay? Kay.) is the perfect book to read while tanning on the edge of a pool in mid-June. I read it in January, but whatever. It made me feel like I was lying on the edge of a pool.



Belly (I do feel sorry for her being called Belly) is kind of immature but that's totally okay because she is young. And I can kind of relate to her, if only for the fact that we both measure our lives in summers. (W...more
Circus Princess
I'm not really sure why I liked this book---whether it was because of the actual story or because of the setting and background. Probably the latter.

Isabel's (I refuse to call her "Belly") summers are spent with her Mom's best friend, Susanna, and her two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad, down the shore. The way their summers are described are so painfully realistic. My friends always talk about going down the shore during the summer, and the one time I went with them, this book reminded me of that tim...more
Noelle Antonio
Sarah Dessen was not kidding when she said that, “This book has what every girl wants in a summer.” Who seriously would not want to spend a glorious summer living in a house by the beach? That is what Belly has done every summer ever since she was 10 years old. She would spend every summer in the beach house in Cousin with her mom and her brother, Steven, her mother’s best friend and her two boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. This book goes out to all the teenage girls who have had or still has that hug...more
~Tina~
I don't usually read chick-lit, but I wanted to read something light.
To my surprise I didn't think I'd like this book as much as I did, but books are funny like that;)

Belly and her family always go to the beach to vacation since they were little, but this summer is different in all the ways it does when one grows up. Jealousy flares, hearts break and maybe when it's all over you'll find the right one for you.

The Summer I Turned Pretty was an enjoyable book about young love and all the confusio...more
Bookables
I loved this book. It was a great summer read and it made me want to visit the beach and stay there for the whole summer.
I loved Belly and her fiery attitude and the boys, I love them as well. I must admit I am team Jeremiah. I think he is just sweet and caring. I am surprised I'm rooting for him because I usually root for the misunderstood bad boy, but Jeremiah just seems so genuine.
Whitney
4.5 stars

probably the most relatable contemporary i've ever read.
Nina
Ova knjiga je tako obična, ali ne mogu vjerovati koliko je i posebna! Jednostavno ima tu neku čar u sebi koju ne mogu objasniti, nešto posebno zbog čega mi je dospjela na policu faovrita! Odmah prelazim na nastavak =)
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