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The Summer I Turned Pretty

(Summer #1)

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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  390,781 ratings  ·  35,131 reviews
Some summers are just destined to be pretty.

When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother's best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conra
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Paperback, 276 pages
Published April 10th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (first published May 5th 2009)
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Jenny Han
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Jill It definitely is not for everyone, but if you are the kind of person who really enjoys reading coming of age novels, then this is probably your kind o…moreIt definitely is not for everyone, but if you are the kind of person who really enjoys reading coming of age novels, then this is probably your kind of book. People shouldn't criticize it just because it was not their cup of tea.(less)
Corrina No this book is not interesting in my opinion. The characters have no development, they barely have any emotion, the girl is literally so insane and s…moreNo this book is not interesting in my opinion. The characters have no development, they barely have any emotion, the girl is literally so insane and selfish and oh my freaking goodness I did not like it at all. I can see how someone could like it, if you enjoy books where the main character has no feelings or brain cells in any way, but it was not my cup of tea.(less)

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Ruth
May 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
SK
Jun 26, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The summer I turned pretty? No, more like- The summer I turned whiny.

If you ever have an enemy of sorts who likes to read, give them this book. It's a high tech torture device that will combust their brain into little pieces of nothing. Their soul will die a slow death and the will to read books will diminish. Isn't that great?
*proceeds to sob*
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elle
Jul 18, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, 2022
if my name was isabel and my mom nicknamed me belly i like to think i'd have a very very out of control rebellious phase. ...more
Tanja (Tanychy)
Amazing...that's only thing i can say! :) I recommend this book to everybody. One of the best books I've ever read :)

EDIT: I keep getting notifications that people like this review and I wondered why, then after seeing other reviews I understood. Here is the thing, I thought that if I read this book again now I wouldn't like it as much as me being mature and all that (put into a box in my brain labeled "lies I tell myself"). For that reason I didn't want to read To All the Boys I've Loved Before
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Aruskabomb
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 f
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zyth ༄ ‧₊˚
Jul 03, 2022 rated it it was ok
Could not get past the fact that her name was Belly.
ella (taylor’s version)
Jul 10, 2022 rated it did not like it
i lost an abundance of brain cells reading this.
Sophia Judice
it is currently 4:30 am, i just read this in one sitting and i can confidently say this book was one of the cutest, most comforting reads EVER. it’s cliche and i hate the love triangle trope, but i am obsessed with the summer i turned pretty. i related to soooo much of this, it’s actually crazy. belly and i are very similar lol. this book made me laugh, tear up, and made me really frustrated at times. i am about to order the next two books in the series, because i have to know what happens next, ...more
emma
my sister has taken over my old room.

due to the fact that i am 23 years old, lazy, and immature, a good chunk of my belongings are still in my parents' house. this means that up until a week or so ago, my bookshelves (see my profile picture) were largely intact.

in a room my sister now lives in.

which means, if you know anything about little sisters, that my books are being treated like a library. except with no organizational system or accountability of any kind. which is how upon my return, i ha
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ZOË
Jul 17, 2022 rated it did not like it
1.5 You know what, maybe I’m the bad guy. Could it be that I just don’t know a good book when I read one? Perhaps I have a desperate need to hate all things popular… Or maybe, just MAYBE, a truly awful book has once again paved its way to fame and a TV adaptation! Why? I have not a clue, but here we are again trying to make sense of it all.

Not to judge a book by its cover, but by looking at the title and summary alone you can pretty (pun intended) much tell what fuckery you’ll find on the insid
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Larissa Cambusano
May 06, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 ⭐️ NAH BECAUSE I ENJOYED THIS WAY MORE THAN I THOUGHT I WOULD???? the fluff, the comfort, the characters.. i’m— yes.

i’m *drum roll pls* definitely team conrad. idk if my mind will change but for now THIS IS WHERE I STAND.

“that was the summer I turned pretty.”
Liz♡
Aug 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want a beach house with hot boys
Shauna Diane
May 16, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taylor Swift made me do it.
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May 09, 2022 added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2022
you and i both know why i read this so let’s just move on with our days
raquel (taylor's version)
May 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
TAYLOR SWIFT IS PUTTING THIS LOVE (TAYLOR'S VERSION) IN THE SERIES, IT'S TIME TO HAVE MY HEART IN LOVE AND BROKEN WITH THIS BOOK AGAIN.

Let me just say I will never be over this slow burn childhood friends to lovers🥲.
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Regan
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
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.
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Ali Goodwin
Apr 10, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh such a good book to get into the summer mindset and I’m SO excited to start the sequel. I love the setting and the characters. It made me so nostalgic for past summers when I was in high school.
Vathna
Dec 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
[June 20, 2022: edited some of my ranting here from the time I was in the 10th grade because *cringe*]

284 pages where absolutely nothing happened.

I've read many books with annoying but-bearable protagonists, but this one made me want to pull my own hair out.

I tried my best to like Belly, but every five seconds, she immediately did something so stupid and I just had to hate her all over again.

The main issue with her character is that she was always contradictory. It was so obvious that it had al
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Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
Hi, so this book isn't technically a five-star read. It's a little cliche and a lot cheesy and centres around a love triangle and just is not a literary masterpiece. I don't care about any of that though because this is the book I was reading before I was a reader. This is the book that made me want to read. This was the first book I read into the night. The first book I couldn't put down. This was the book of my preteen years and the nostalgia I feel for this book surpasses any reservations I h ...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, becau
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Kelsi
Jul 23, 2022 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel personally attacked by the hype surrounding this book that convinced me to read it.
Maureen
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5
I was in the mood for a YA contemporary romance and this was perfect for that. I loved the story, even if most of the characters were not super developed. Just a good ol' YA contemporary romance.
I liked Belly for the most part even though she was a little bratty at times, LOVED Jeremiah, liked Cam alright, and didn't really love Conrad most of the time.
Overall, pretty alright! I'm excited to read the rest of the trilogy.
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Bryce Rocks My Socks
the summer i turned from team conrad to team jeremiah
Layla
Jul 11, 2022 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, 1-star
1) if my parents nicknamed me Belly, I would disown myself from the family.

2) the love web and confessions made me want to repeatedly smash my head against the wall.

3) I'm Team Cam (not for Belly, she doesn't deserve him), and if you're Team Conrad or Jeremiah, maybe you need to self reflect.
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Zoë
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect book to get me into the summer mindset! I started reading it this morning when I got to the beach and I didn't stop until I read the entire book. This book is about more than summer and romance, but also family, self, and loss. I enjoyed every single character and how they were more complex than they first appeared. I definitely want to read the rest of the series soon (and also go to the beach a couple dozen more times). ...more
anna
Jun 17, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: english, 2022, audiobooks
i think we can all agree that the tv show is SO MUCH BETTER than the book
Emmy
Jul 17, 2022 rated it really liked it
cute little YA series. Also I’m team Jeremiah 10000%
Nina
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
*** 2.5 stars ***

“Would you rather live one perfect day over and over or live your life with no perfect days but just decent ones?”

I started reading ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ because I felt like a reading slump was heading my way and a couple of people told me that this would be the perfect book to read in such a situation. And it actually is because this was such a quick read and I finished it in less than a day. It’s also a perfect summer read that you can enjoy while spending your time on
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Karla Espinosa
Apr 01, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea I would end up in tears at the end of this book! :( such a quick & easy read which was perfect because I felt a reading slump coming along. This book had such good summer vibes and I loved every character so much! This story focuses on 4 teenagers, their moms, and the beach house in which they have spent every single summer since they were born. There's a lot of depth in this book which I didn't really expect since it feels like such a quick read. Even though, I predicted what ende ...more
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