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The Summer I Turned Pretty

(Summer #1)

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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  134,617 ratings  ·  10,180 reviews
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 bee ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published May 5th 2009 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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…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)

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Ruth
May 22, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
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/James
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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Melannie :)
Nov 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2011
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
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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
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 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
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Regan
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Maureen
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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.
Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, reviewed
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
Hershey
☼ 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
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Zoë
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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).
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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Aj the Ravenous Reader

I read it in one sitting. Even though there’s a thin air of sadness coating the story’s atmosphere, to me it was still familiar, warm and comforting. Jenny Han’s writing and stories usually do that. I appreciate how the first book to this trilogy is more like a coming off age novel more than anything. The writing actually reminds me of that of Shug, a middle school book written by Ms. Han which was completely endearing.

The entire story happens in a span of an entire summer but I was impressed w
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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
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Carrie
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han is the first book in the young adult contemporary Summer series. The story is a bit of a coming of age tale with a side of romance and family dynamics.

Fifteen, almost sixteen, Isabelle or Belly as she’s always been known is ready for yet another summer at the beach. Each year Belly’s mother packs up Belly and her brother and heads to her best friend’s beach house with Susannah and her two sons, Conrad and Jeremiah, at Cousins Beach.

Every year Belly has got
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Leslie
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5

This book really surprised me. I loved it!
Like CAN I HAVE A CONRAD... (Preferably One who doesn't smoke)
Sky
Aug 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: could-not-finish
DNF at 30%

I’m sorry to anyone who loved this book. I’m glad you loved this book, really! But this is what makes book world, book world; diversity in opinions.

Okay, The summer I turned pretty is about a girl named Belly (I know), who every summer goes to this beach house they share with their mother’s best friend, who by chance has two swoon-worthy boys.

I was not interested, I was not intrigued, I felt literally nothing. By now the characters names are slipping out of my grasp. Belly, our MC, is
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“It was a summer I’d never, ever forget. It was the summer everything began. It was the summer I turned pretty. Because for the first time, I felt it. Pretty, I mean. Every summer up to this one, I believed it’d be different. Life would be different. And that summer, it finally was.”

Obviously I was not the target demographic for this story, but lemme tell you, it doesn’t even matter. I was all like . . . . .



And totally channeled
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Kat
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-2
What a perfect summer beach read! Belly is 15 about to turn 16 and spends every summer at the beach with her mom’s family friend, who has two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad. The complicated relationships there are the focus of the book. Belly has had a crush on older son Conrad since forever, but he’s two years older and mostly sees her as pretty annoying. And in all fairness, Belly is definitely the least mature of the group, but then she’s also the youngest. Can we blame a guy going into college in ...more
Leona  Carstairs
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I wish I had ten thousand middle fingers so I could give them all to this book.
leni
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-thanks

where the fuck am i?
oh right
i eye rolled myself into another dimension

Rachel Reads Ravenously
2.5-3 stars

A very cute beach read. I only read this because I loved Han's TATBILB series and wanted to read more by her. This book is VERY different from her others. Also placed in 2009 I feel there's a few things in this book that was "okay" for that time but very much not okay to say now. First off the use of the word retarded. Not okay. Second the main character pushed a guy to do something with her and when he didn't want to, her response (in her head) was "are you gay?". Ehhhhhhhhh no. Bo
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Eliza
The Summer I Turned Pretty is the definition of a “typical” summer-on-the-beach read. It’s cute. It’s easy to read. It’s romantic and fun. It's an overall enjoyable read, even if it wasn’t unique in the slightest.

Besides the story and characters not feeling unique, I really couldn’t stand the name Belly. I know it’s supposed to be a nickname from Isabel — but why Belly? Again, I know it's explained in the story — I’m asking this more towards the author. I think Isabel is a pretty name. Why not B
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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
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Vathna Dany
284 pages where absolutely nothing happened.

I originally wanted to give it a star, but well, at least I finished the book, so this is me being nice. I've read many books with annoying-but-bearable protagonists, but this one made me want to pull my own hair out.

Edit: I changed my mind, bye.

Belly wasn't that bad, but whenever I tried to like her, she immediately did something entirely stupid and I just had to hate her all over again. Not exaggerating, but she was annoying 90% of the time. Like how
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Shaikha
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I think he would have stayed with her forever, trying to figure out the mystery. He was a puzzle solver, the kind of person who likes theorems, theories. X always had to equal something. It couldn't just be X".

Isabel "Belly" measures her life in summers, it has always been the most important time of the year. Everything good, everything magical and everything special happens between the months of June and August. It's when her family shares a beach house with her mother's best friend, Susanna
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Brooke
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
Awe, this was a great book! Very relatable and surprisingly heart breaking. There's just something about ocean air and summer days that make growing up easier. I loved this story.
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
I MUST READ #2 NOW
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
Mar 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Re-read 8/1/17: I needed a fast, fun re-read after the chaos of booktubeathon and this perfectly fit the bill for me. I'm keeping my rating at 4 stars because while I did have some issues with it, I still enjoyed this SO much. Also older Chelsea is over Conrad's shit tbh. It's all about Jeremiah now. JUSSSS SAYIN'

Original read 4/25/14: *hugs myself* oh, conrad
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