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The Summer I Turned Pretty

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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 been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

276 pages, Hardcover

First published May 5, 2009

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161 reviews
July 27, 2012
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-loving heart. I totally, completely, 101% understand why Belly loved him her entire life.

As for Belly, heavy burdens are hard to accept, but World War 3.5 broke out the Summer She Turned Pretty. I totally sympathized with her, with all those choices she had to make. As a famous poet once wrote, "Two roads diverged into a yellow wood. And I, I took the one less traveled by." Like this, Belly did just that. Instead of romancing just one guy, she made the unusual, yet incredibly understandable choice to romance THREE GUYS. And WOW! Was this beautifully conflicting love SQUARE intense!! nearly had a heart-attack, my heart beat so loud in my ears, when THIS scene happened:

"Get out of my face," Conrad growled.

"No." Jeremiah stepped closer, until their faces were inches apart, just like ours had been not fifteen minutes before.

In a dangerous voice, Conrad said, "I'm warning you, Jeremiah."

So well spoken, so unique, so original, AMEN BROTHER. No scene has truly ever frightened me so much, to the point where I just had to wrench this book out of my own hands and go take ten minutes' breather in the bathroom. But since this review isn't marked with SPOILER, I'll just say that you will have to stop and re-read a few times what has actually happened at this 90-degree-climax.

I sympathize so well with Belly, and again, I praise Jenny Han for relating SO WELL, SO WELL, I SAY, to teen girls. Ms. Han really brought this scene to life, it was so intense and completely, reasonably dramatic, my heart literally skipped a beat and I almost had an asthma attack:

"I stood by the fire alone and pretended to warm my hands even though they weren't cold. That's when I saw him. He was standing alone too, drinking a bottle of water. It didn't seem like he knew anybody either, since he was standing all by himself." Ah! Ms. Han, you have such an elegant, easy way of making contradicting words and plain sentences flow so naturally! So barely noticeable! Continuing on,

He looked like he was my age. But there was something about him that seemed safe and comfortable, like he was younger than me even though he wasn't." Again, what is this? A beautiful paradox? No, paradox isn't even the word. I was so dumbfoundedly awestruck by this sentence that I had to stop, pause, and wonder, what was going to happen next? Really, at this point in the book, things really take a turn around the bend.

BUT. I am truly amazed by the way Jenny Han has a talent with words, and finally releasing reader's from their growing suspicion that something more was going on between Belly, Jeremiah, and Conrad:

"Things had been weird with me and Conrad and also with me and Jeremiah-an impossible thought crept its way into my head. Was it possible they didn't want me with Came? Because THEY, like, had feelings for me?" I love how Jenny Han seems to remember how teenagers act, because by putting that single unnecessary "like" into the sentence truly, legit, won me over. I had no idea how poetic daily teen slang could have been.

There are some things I absolutely ADORED about Belly. She was so realistic in the sense that I felt she was RIGHT IN MY HEAD. Like, seriously, like honestly, like LEGIT:

"I didn't answer his question. Instead I said, "I was really good! I could have been dancing in a company by now!" I couldn't have. I wasn't that good, not by any stretch of the imagination." You can tell by this simply put declaration that Belly has given, how much she wants this guy to love her. She has gone so far, and given away her dignity, to BOAST HOW GOOD SHE IS AT BALLET.

""Maybe we can come back later." I knew he didn't mean it. Part of me was mad, and part of me was relieved. It was like craving a fried peanut butter and banana sandwich and then realizing two bites in that you didn't want it after all. I snatched my sweatshirt from him and said, "Don't do me any favors, Cam." Then I walked away as fast as I could, and sand kicked up behind me. I thought he might follow me, but he didn't."

This realistic intervention, this sudden, quirky, show of personality really is truly realistic. After all, EVERY teen needs to have their mood swings, but yet, this has shown Belly's true, twisting feelings for the guy she is talking to. I am truly amazed, I had no idea authors could get into my head so easily.

I feel proud to be a whiny, annoying teenager, because by the ways things turned out in the end of THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY, there is no doubt that I will Someday Find My Prince in the two hot guys I've obviously known all my life, but who started expressing their feelings towards me the Summer I Turned Pretty.

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1,156 reviews641 followers
February 26, 2011
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 specifics in a few.

But first, one of the biggest things that irk me, and for those that know my reading style, they will laugh because I've said this often times before, I can't stand when an author doesn't tell you the name of the person narrating the story or who the story is about. Very few, maybe like one or two books (The Gargoyle being one) have been exempt from this number one rule of mine, I want to know who is talking to me or who the story is about right away! "Belly" doesn't cut it , especially when I find belly buttons gross and cringe-worthy. Ewwww! It's not until more than half way through the book that we find out her real name is Isabel, but by then it was too late, I was calling her Bellatrix in my head and couldn't get it out. Sorry, but it just happened naturally.

Overall, it bothered me how selfish Bellatrix… errr… I mean Belly was to those in her life, including family and friends. For example, her father tried so hard with her by buying her books, a piano and fixing up a room in his new apartment in the hopes she'd come to enjoy spending some time with him, but NOOOOO she didn't like the books he chose, the piano was out of tune and she wanted the yellow sheets, not the pink scratchy sheets. Ugh! Also, she has no real heartfelt relationships with ANYONE. She uses her best friend Taylor by inviting her to the beach house for the sole purpose that maybe she'll be able to fit in better with the crowd because of Taylor, but it ends up backfiring so she ends up resenting her BF. Her relationship with her brother is downright mean and shallow, nothing heartfelt or aww-worthy there. Even her friendship with Jeremiah and Conrad left much to be desired. It bothered me when Jeremiah and Belly overheard a convo between their mothers about Suzanne's breast cancer and Belly had no clue how to comfort him, all she could think of saying was "I hope your mom doesn't lose a boob." Really? That's all you got?? Glad you kept that in your little air-filled noggin and didn't say it out loud. How about just give him a hug and ask him if he's okay or wants to talk?? There were so many opportunities for her to show some depth and growth, but she just fell flat IMO.

BUT, the thing that bothered me the most is that she crushes on two brothers. That's just gross!! Pick one and stop with the "I like Jeremiah... no... I like Conrad... oh I shared a Twizzler with Jeremiah now I like him more again... Oh wait I like Conrad's dark and brooding side, I change my mind, I like him better." That gets irritating right quick next to her feeling that life got better for her when she turned pretty. No really, she felt I'm pretty now, life is like sooooo good now! I love being sooooo pretty. I was ugly before and an outsider, but now I'm pretty. Yay for me! Whatevs! *shakes head*

Lastly, the writing was simple and the storyline wasn't very complex at all, except for trying to figure out who this Belly girl really was. The story did switch back from present to past in random ways, but I don't consider that complex, just slightly irksome. The one thing the book did have going for it was the setting. I like seaside, beachfront, boardwalk settings, but that wasn't enough to hook me… I'd much prefer a Dessen book to provide me that fix. All in all, there's better out there IMHO.

Okay, this review feels sloppy and random... I'll just blame it on the book. DONE!
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254 reviews1,487 followers
October 6, 2022
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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200 reviews6,190 followers
July 24, 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.
Profile Image for Tanja (Tanychy).
588 reviews253 followers
September 13, 2018
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, but then the movie came along and all that fuss. As by nature I'm very curious person I gave it a try. The result are three sleepless nights I spent reading that trilogy, with tears in my eyes. So yes, you can say that these characters might be silly, immature, and both stories too dramatic. However, no one can't question Jenny's ability to put emotions into her words, and that right there I consider magic. For that reason alone I think I'll always read anything she writes.

Bottom line is read the first three sentences I wrote all those years ago! :)

P.S. Jenny you totally deserve all this popularity you're getting and I gotta say that the movie was actually really good! If, by any chance, you see Noah soon can you say hi to him. (wishful thinking)
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107 reviews197 followers
May 7, 2012
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 not appreciating her at all. For confusing me every two seconds by saying “i dunt even lyk Conrad. I lyk Jere. And Cam. but omg, hes sexeh mmm”
Conrad. Are you sure you’re going to college next year boy? My eight year old cousin is more mature than you. Don't you worry though, puberty will hit you soon enough.
Cam. I liked you. How could you do this to me? That is for letting Belly use you to make Conrad jealous. If you hadn’t called her those two times at the end, I would have saved you some of my respect but nope. Sorry.

High points in this book:
Jeremiah. Since Cam is out of the picture, you’re obviously going to magically turn evil and fuck shit up and hurt Belly so she can hate you and have babies with Conrad. Even though you’ve been her rock and best friend and remembered her birthday. You will feel like shit when the series ends for sticking up for her but guess what? Tough fucking luck.

Taylor. You got slut shamed for kissing Belly’s brother and made her flip shit. You're invited to party with me.

That’s it.

Call me a masochist but I’ll read the next two books. Why? Because I like to torture myself that’s why. Or maybe because I’m hoping that Belly grows up and kicks Conrad once between the legs. My life will be complete.
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344 reviews197 followers
January 21, 2012
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 was getting more attention than her, yadda yadda...
it was ENDLESS!.

Plus, she was so mean to her mother!, and she kept thinking awful things about her mother and father. She was so snotty and whiny and urgh just overall annoying. I couldn't swallow her.

I wanted to like this, the writing was well done, the descrption of the setting was amazing, and there were a lot of cute and funny scenes, ALL OF THEM including Jeremiah (the other son), so I didn't get why Belly was so obsessed with Conrad anyway, he wasn't even an interesting character at all :|

I dont need to be reading this, I've had enough Bella Swan for a lifetime. So I'm probably not reading the rest of the series. God knows it was already a big achievement to have finished this one.
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38 reviews146 followers
June 14, 2022
I want a beach house with hot boys
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1,822 reviews48.7k followers
June 24, 2021
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 happened to see her tearing through this series like she owned it.

i quickly removed all the books from her room, yelled at her, and gave her legal and emotional ownership of this trilogy. because it's not like i want anything to do with it anyway.

the main character in this series is intolerably bratty, one love interest is a snooze and the other is god's gift to assholes everywhere, and overall this is such a nightmarish ordeal to get through.

i won't be rereading, and the best punishment i can give my sister is making her read these anyway.

this is part of a project i'm doing where i review books i read a long time ago. this time, as with many others, i have discovered unexpected fury within myself.
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57 reviews11.9k followers
July 22, 2021
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, especially after that final chapter like what????? i’m team conrad, but i also love jeremiah, so idk, i’m conflicted, which is why i hate love triangles lol. anyways, please read this book. filled me with joy.
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194 reviews169 followers
July 22, 2022
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 inside, and I honestly respect that transparency! We have our teenage-girl-with-quirky-name who’s been ignored by her two childhood friends all her life until one fateful day she ditches the glasses, grows a pair of tits, and suddenly they both want her! Due to this newfound horny-teenage-boy attention, Belly has “turned pretty” and now has to choose between them! Isn’t that every girl’s summer dream? Every night I lie awake praying that one day I’ll have two douchey immature male specimens fawning after my douchey immature self, all in a beach house during the summer! What a life that must be.

I wish I could say that our lovely MC, Belly’s unfortunate name was her only crime against humanity, but in this first book alone she has several on her hands. I’ll try to cut her some slack in the “pick-me girl” department since shaming teen girls for chasing the male gaze is just another way of putting each other down, and when you grow up surrounded by boys; I get it! However, that is where my leeway ends with this recycled America Singer of a main character because my GOD, Belly is insufferable in every sense of the word.

Somewhere between her begging to be treated as an adult while behaving like a child, her animosity for her mother (who did nothing), and the weeks she led on Cam in order to make C*nr*d jealous, the waters of my rage against this girl began to boil! And that’s not even it!! If I were to list everything this girl did that made me want to punt her halfway to Mars, we would be here all day. The only (temporary) relief to my suffering came at the end when FINALLY C*nr*d told her what she deserved to hear, it’s the only time I’ll ever cheer for that douchey immature male specimen, he spilled!

Of course, this consolation only lasts about 5 minutes before Belly starts making out with him, because that’s obviously the best way to comfort someone that has verbally stated that they want nothing to do with you and also just found out their mom has cancer, right? According to Belly and the tone of the book itself, apparently so!

The discussion surrounding consent in this book is actually appalling, almost to the point of being funny. We of course have Belly kissing C*nr*d when he’s clearly distressed and had rejected her the day before, but we also have Jeremiah kissing Belly even after she tried pushing him off, AND we have Belly going on a whole rant about asking for consent being “weird”. Not to be a Karen on the tl, but is this seriously the bullshit we want pumped into kids brains? I honestly wish I didn’t read it because now every time someone buys it, (usually girls 12-16, I work at Barnes and Noble) I want to throw it out the window instead of giving to them!

When all is said and done, this is a poor excuse for a YA novel. Unless you’re like me and enjoy hate reading things solely to critique them, you should stay far away! On that note, I must return to reading the second book (spoiler alert: it’s even worse).
May 7, 2022
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.”
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70 reviews
June 25, 2022
i think we can all agree that the tv show is SO MUCH BETTER than the book
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225 reviews1 follower
June 20, 2022
you and i both know why i read this so let’s just move on with our days
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311 reviews134 followers
May 27, 2022

Let me just say I will never be over this slow burn childhood friends to lovers🥲.
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334 reviews372 followers
July 20, 2022
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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106 reviews1,817 followers
April 15, 2023
— 2 stars ✰

belly was getting on my nerves, the amount of times she stuck her tongue out.. bffr. and the way she was talking about nicole? grow the fuck up smh

— i just want to read the trilogy and compare it to the show but i can already say that the show is better, nothing happened in this book
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126 reviews57 followers
July 23, 2022
I feel personally attacked by the hype surrounding this book that convinced me to read it.
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446 reviews109k followers
June 9, 2023
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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210 reviews50 followers
June 20, 2022
[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 always been Conrad who she liked, but what did she do? Flirt with everyone else to make him jealous? To make things worse, she tried to justify it by convincing HERSELF she did not like him.

Also, can she just stop whining about every single thing that happened? PLEASE STOP BEING SO ENTITLED AND ENJOY EVEN JUST AN HOUR OF YOUR LIFE. Plus, please stop overreacting.

My other complaints about this book includes:
Boring love interest(s): My friend convinced me to read this book saying it was her favorite romance YA book. I felt cheated. The only thing I could remember from this book was Isabel ranting about how her long-time crush did not like her back. Not to mention, all three love interests were completely dull. The fact that she felt conflicted to choose between them made me question her sanity.

Writing Style:
-Too much dialogue and not enough feels into the story.
-Very easy to go through but absolutely no plot at all.
-Chapters are too short and are often cut off to skip to another scenes. (It was extremely frustrating.)
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144 reviews12.4k followers
April 10, 2022
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.
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153 reviews354 followers
January 23, 2018
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 have about the plot now that I'm not 12 anymore. I've read this book upwards of fifteen times and no matter what stage of my life I'm at, I love it. These characters feel like family. The beach house feels like my own vacation home and the words feel like they live in my brain. So yeah, it isn't a perfect book and is the exact opposite of what I tend to lean towards nowadays but forever and ever and ever it will be a symbol of my love of reading and I will always be fond.
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242 reviews201 followers
August 13, 2013
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...


I feel a lot like this:


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 just boss that way:

3.) Reading this series takes my mind away from the horror that is snow all around, and while I'm reading this all I imagine are rainbows, the ocean and glorious warmth. Basically by endeavouring to read the rest of the series, I'd like to delude myself longer.

What I'm getting at here:

Is that this is a well-rounded and great book. I was so hesitant to try it because the other beachy novel on my CR shelf is stale and quite frankly, irrelevant to me at the moment. This however, this was relevant! It had so much heart and such soul...I love Belly, and Beck's boys.

You know at the back of books where the book blurb is all like, "...A true tale of touching inspiration and growth?" Well I feel just like that! I feel like donning my creep glasses and jacket and writing something inspirational too! You know what! I will:

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One step at a time, my friends, this book has touched me. Severely.

Summary (brief): Belly is this awkward teenager I couldn't help relating to because at her age I was just as clueless, if not more! She turns pretty one summer and everything changes, her two life-long "friends" begin to act differently and tensions rise as further complications threaten to ruin the tradition of Summer. Let me start off by saying Cousin's beach is a place I most definitely have to go!

I started off reading this with a bit of a raised brow because I didn't know if the importance Belly and everyone held for this place would rub off unto me or not. I knew that I really wanted it to and am all kinds of crazy mad-glad it did. Some authors can try to capture the idea of summer, but what Han actually does is that she grabs a hold of the very definition, transforms it and personifies it into a person. And one.

Both Belly and Susannah were summer personified to me; summer at different stages. Belly is at the beginning, like a beach inexperienced or sand yet to be tread--she's smooth canvas. Susannah on the other hand is the shore at twilight and she symbolizes something we have yet to ever see, the end of summer. She doesn't get there in this book but the gradual decline taking place is made very evident, and yet through it all she's this picture of dignity, something to behold. I kind of love this woman.

Women if you factor in Belly and Han, the author, because I adore them too. This book was so good that I left thinking I would nick-name my baby Belly somehow.


Yeah, I know!

It was just this awesome ride and reading it was such a privilege, I cannot begin to explain. I have nowhere to begin because I am at a loss for words, all I can say is that I have been thoroughly pleased. And for once (those of you who know me will know just how much of a breach from character this is) I cannot focus solely on the men, I just can't It would be an insult to do so, because despite the fact that they were major and wonderful parts of this book, they just didn't seem to matter more than the overall story.

What mattered were Susannah and Belly and their growth because there was so much happening here. So much character development took place that it was crazy and incredible at the same time! This feeling of watching someone learn and transform into something better than what they once were is what drives me to read, I hardly see enough of it in real life.

There were things I wished were better resolved, say Cam and Mr. Fisher, I wanted to know the reason for the impending divorce, and I also thought the adorable geek that is Cam deserved at least an explanation! No fair, Bells.

Other than that I am good. So good that I already have the second book sitting around somewhere waiting. I'll try reading a bit of Endless Summer again but if nothing comes of it, I'm dropping it like a hot potato.

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Because every book should be as good as this one.
December 1, 2020
”Moments, when lost, can’t be found again. They’re just gone”.

No sé si ya estoy muy vieja o qué onda, pero ¿qué fue este libro? I mean, yo sé que ya no soy la audiencia adolescente a la que quiere apelar Jenny Han, pero pocas veces he leído a una protagonista tan tonta y desesperante como Belly. Que, además, ni siquiera sabemos cómo se llama realmente sino como hasta la mitad del libro. Pista, se llama Isabel.

Básicamente aquí la historia va de que Belly, que toda su vida ha pasado el verano en la casa de una amiga de su madre que tiene dos hijos, descubre un día que ahora es bonita. Y, entonces, esa “nueva belleza encontrada” hace que su verano sea mega diferente y se enamore de todos los chicos y ellos de ella. ¿Se quejaban de una pareja irritante? ¿Los desesperan los triángulos amorosos? ¡PUES AQUÍ HAY UN CUADRADO AMOROSO! Es que esta niñita inmadura literalmente quería con todos y jugaba con ellos. Un día era “ay, me gusta Conrad”, luego “no, ahora quiero a Jeremiah” y después “no, me vuelve a gustar Con porque ahora también le gusta a Taylor y yo lo quiero para mí”. Ugh, dioses.

En fin, que todo es un poco cuadro, realmente. Y sí, es un libro que se lee rápido y tal, pero no lo compensa, honestamente. Además, hay un montón de flashbacks que cortan muchísimo la historia y, a la larga, se empiezan a sentir como relleno. RELLENO EN UN LIBRO QUE NO LLEGA A LAS 250 PÁGINAS. Háblame de la falta de contenido…

Todo es tan poco interesante que leí esto hace un mes y ya se me olvidó cómo acaba.
December 29, 2022
Edit- TEAM JERE TEAM JERE TEAM JERE!!! I said what I said. Yup it's a tad shocking but it was instant and idgaf. I know I'm so late, I finally watched the show and I loved it so much😭. The cast was perfect, it wasn't cringe, and I take back my previous statement from when I read the book - I fully believe in #justiceforcamcameron <3

“I will love this boy forever”

The Summer I Turned Pick Me🤡💅

Fav quote: “Why is Conrad such a freaking dad?”
Quote that describes the entire book: “Get your head out of your ass Belly. The world doesn’t revolve around you.”
(Conrad is such an icon for spitting facts👑. I was waiting for him to lose his shiza)

My favourite thing about this book is probably the summer beach house vibes🏖. It felt really comforting and cute. Such an easy read. You want to keep reading and reading and blow through all the short chapters to see what dumb decisions will be made next. The flashbacks were nice. But this was also pure clownery. I know some of y’all saw me losing my patience in the updates😂. The love story itself is a train wreck ofc because Belly doesn’t know what in tarnation she’s doing🥰. As you can imagine, the 3 love interests = super relatable😍. I had to think about what I was going to write in my review. So I did the only logical thing one does, watch The Bachelorette first. Then I realized😱 Belly should deadass be the next bachelorette. She can juggle a bunch of boys soooo well🎪. The cringe-o-meter was about to combust at times

What team am I on? Ummm *Jeopardy music*……

By the end of the book, it was honestly hard for me to choose. Conrad (my prediction from the beginning) has that mysteriously lonely thing about him. I really enjoyed seeing him hate everyone and everything. He needed a hug. Not from Belly or that dumb girl with a hat or something?? He can hit me up (the more I think about it, maybe not). Jeremiah in the last 20ish% though🥺. I SEE YOU!! He was sweet. I felt bad for him. How can I really be on anybody's team?? Because wtf were all these fools doing lmao HELP

I wish I could just watch the show🥲. The edits are all so CUTE!! I guess I’m glad I bought the book... Desperate times. It was a fun experience😅 and I’m not NOT happy. 3⭐️ I can see myself finishing the series during summertime (only if I'm in an amazing mood to tolerate everything🫡)
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April 29, 2021
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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