Saturday, December 19, 2009

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Describtion (from Goodreads):
Some summers are just destined to be pretty

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.

I really thought that this book would be one of those books I can just read fast, without any thought (I really need those books to get rid of school stuff at least for a while). I was totally wrong, but also positively suprised about it. Belly is again at the beach house. Everything is the same as during the previous summers, but also different. Belly has grown into a beautiful start of a woman and especially Conrad notices it even though he does not show it. Belly has been in love with Conrad for ages and during the summer she notices that whatever she tries to do, she will keep loving Conrad.

It is interesting to read how Belly's crush into Conrad builts into love. Belly, the narrator of the book, goes back into the past in several chapters of the book and gives insight about things that happened on previous summers. I liked the fact that the book was narrated by Belly. The reader gets to know what is going on in her head, how she thinks about herself and how she fights with the feelings towards Conrad. 'The Summer I turned Pretty' is a lot more than just a love story. It is a story about growth, both physically and mentally, friendship, family and traditions. It is a heart warming story about the summer that changes Belly's life.

I love summer and since it is really cold and dark here in Finland it was lovely to read this summery book. A sequel to this book will be published in 2010 and I must say that it is one of the books I wait to read the most during the next year.

Check out the booktrailer from here!


  1. I've seen this book often in the stores but never actually picked it up. I'll have to check it out. I'm glad you liked it.

  2. It sounds perfect. In fact, your review made me sigh. Thanks for sharing this charming novel with me.
    Warmest regards,

  3. This book sounds like a pretty good, coming of age story. Thanks for the review!

  4. Sounds like a good book, and I do like one that makes me wanna read the next one


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