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The Summer I Turned Pretty Paperback – 6 april 2010
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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.
Belly's dawning awareness of her sexuality and that of the boys is a strong theme, as is the sense of summer as a separate and reflective time and place. Readers get glimpses of kisses on the beach, her best friend's flirtations during one summer's visit, a first date. -- Kirkus Reviews
If I could live inside this amazing book, I would. I would inhale the ocean air and soak up the sun, and I would hang out all day with kind-wonderful-funny-awkward Belly and her two known-'em-forever buds, Jeremiah and Conrad. I'd watch the three of them stop being kids and start being more...and I'd hope hope hope that when Belly falls in love -- 'cause you know she will -- she'd give her heart to the exact right boy. -- Lauren Myracle, author of the ttyl series and Bliss
This book has what every girl wants in a summer. -- Sarah Dessen, author of Just Listen and Lock and Key
This well-written coming-of-age story introduces 15-year-old Isabel, aka Belly, for whom summer has always been the most important time of year. Han (Shug) realistically balances Belly's naïveté with her awareness of the changes the years have brought. Han's novel offers plenty of summertime drama. -- Starred review from Publishers Weekly
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- Uitgever : Simon + Schuster Inc.; Reprint ed. editie (6 april 2010)
- Taal : Engels
- Paperback : 304 pagina's
- ISBN-10 : 1416968296
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416968290
- Leeftijd lezen : 12 - 17 jaar
- Afmetingen : 13.97 x 1.93 x 20.96 cm
- Plaats in bestsellerlijst: #1 in Boeken (Top 100 in bekijkenBoeken)
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I really enjoyed Belly's story and the love triangle blossoming between her and the two brothers. It was a really fun dynamic, being as before this Summer happened - Belly was an outsider, the 'little sister' they didn't want to hang around with except when teasing her, etc. The boys treated her differently and after all those years of desperately hoping she'd be welcomed in to the group - also including her older brother, Steven - she had finally found her way in.
If you love a story that has you picking a team, this one is the one - Team Conrad? or Team Jeremiah? Personally, I was definitely more #TeamJeremiah because he was the most genuine and lovely brother of the two, treating her as the best friend she had always been. Even if that meant pushing his long-lasting feelings towards her away and accepting the fact that the only person she'd have her eyes on that Summer, was Conrad.
I wouldn't say Conrad is one of those bad boys you love to hate, or hate to love, but there is some arrogance around him and he doesn't have anyone's best interests at heart, except his own. He spends the Summer extremely moody towards Belly, treating her like the little girl he's always known. That being said, you could still see the care he had towards her, even if that care was only there because he thought of her as a little sister.
Whilst this book was definitely a light-hearted Summer read, there was definitely a more deeper story within the families, including an illness and because of this and other things such as the teens all going their separate ways after Summer was over - you could tell that this was going to be the last time at the Beach House where everything was like every other year before. I was glad to have read little snippets of previous Summers, as it would've been sad to see it all go so quickly.
The first instalment to 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' series was a great read, with the shortest of chapters (thank you Jenny Han!!) meaning I absolutely whizzed through this book within a day or two. I would describe it as a book that you can't put down once you pick up, however, that being said, it will only be that type of book for you if you're in to the cliche's, cheesy romances, love triangles, etc. like myself! I have grown to care for every character including; Belly, Conrad, Jeremiah, Laurel (Belly's mum), Steven (Belly's brother) and Susannah (Conrad & Jeremiah's mum) and can't wait to see what awaits them next Summer!
15-year-old Isabelle (Belly) is heading off with her mother and brother for a summer at the beach, with her mom's best friend Suzanna, and her boys Conrad and Jeremiah.
Belly has had a crush on Conrad for as long as she can remember, but he treats her like a little sister. Belly is hoping that this year things will be different and that Conrad will notice her as a girl for once.
What is special about this summer though? What is going on with Conrad? And who will be Belly's summer romance this year?
This was an okay YA coming-of-age story, but I would have liked more romance.
I felt a bit sorry for Belly in this book, and not only because they call her Belly! In the flashbacks it was obvious that the three boys all treated Belly like an outsider cause she was younger and the only girl, which wasn't very nice for her, and they hadn't changed much now that she was older.
Although there was a bit of romance in this story it was more a coming-of-age story, and most of the actual romance happened between Belly and Cam - a boy she met on the beach, which was a bit disappointing.
The storyline was okay, although I was surprised that Belly didn't catch on faster to what was going on with Suzanna, it was pretty obvious to me. It was a bit odd trying to work out which boy Belly was actually interested in at any one time, as she seemed to like Conrad, Jeremiah, and Cam at one point or another.
I thought the ending was okay, although I expected a bit more romance. I would like to read the next book to find out what happens next but at £5.49 for the kindle edition I think I'll wait!
I will say that this book has me longing for the summer and the beach though! I'm so jealous! I'd love to spend a whole summer at a beach house enjoying the sun, sand, and sea!
Overall; an okay YA coming-of-age/contemporary romance story.
7 out of 10.
I have To All the Boys I've Loved Before in paperback too, but after this I'm not in any hurry to read it.