Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA, Teen Romance
Rating: /5 (RAMEN)
Blurb: “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.”
Review: “The Summer I Turned Pretty” is a beyond classic lovey dovey, teen romance novel. And I love it.
This book tells the story of a love-stricken 15 year-old named Isabel Conklin, or Belly, which is what almost everyone calls her. Her life is measured in summers. Every summer her mother whisk Belly and her older brother away to Cousins beach, to meet her best friend, Susanna who has two sons; Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher. They spend their whole three months of summer break there, it’s almost like a second home with traditions, family gatherings, and love. And Belly is head-over-heels in love with Conrad Fisher. Each summer Belly was never included in the fun, but this summer somethings changed. She’s ‘turned pretty’ catching the attention of both Fisher boys, along with something that will change every summer thereafter. **SPOILER
I’ll begin with Jeremiah. Jeremiah is this sweet sandy blonde boy, one year older than Belly. He is her go-to, the type of boy every girl need in her life. He’s the one who she can share her secrets to, the one who stays in to keep her company when she’s sick, or make sure she’s okay when she goes to parties, her second brother (in her eyes). But as the book continues, there’s a shift in the relationship between Jeremiah and Belly. There’s a little less goofing, and little more shying around each other, jealousy of Belly’s infatuation with Conrad -which may or may not get in the way of their friendship blossoming to something more. To be honest, I loved Jeremiah, I’d love to have a Jeremiah in like (sans the whole ‘falling in love with me’ part). He’s funny, caring, passionate, and a great listener when Belly is down, and sometimes she takes that for granted.
Next is Conrad. The typical Edward Cullen-esque love interest. He has dark, dark hair combined with very broody/ moody attitude. He pays Belly little to no attention in this book, and when he does it’s not very nice either. When I first read the book, I didn’t understand Belly’s obsession with Conrad, even as a kid. But you find out later there’s more to this book than a love story. Anyways, throughout the whole book, there are little snippets where Conrad shows his soft side to Belly, and to be honest, it’s not enough compared to the crap way he treats her. But, like I said earlier, you’ll eventually understand why. So, to pick between the brothers in this book, Jeremiah stole my heart, however Conrad was slowly creeping in.
And finally, Belly. God… I really did not like her, but then as I got older and reread the book (yes, reread), I kinda understand her. She’s just a love-stick FIFTEEN YEAR-OLD. Now think about that, all you Belly-haters, she’s only fifteen. Are some of her actions questionable and flat out stupid? Yes. But, she’s hardly an adult, barely teen, she’s not supposed to know any better. I sure as hell didn’t when I was her age, so that’s what made me understand her and her love-struck attitude. Since the book revolves around, there are many flashback scenes between her and the summer boys. You see her blossom from a child to a teen, her growing friendship with Jeremiah, and her budding love for Conrad. You see Belly decide what’s right, and what’s wrong, and we see her navigate something that no one should go through, and fight through it all.
This book covers the span of one summer, one summer filled will flings **SPOILER, one summer filled with friendship, and one summer filled love. “The Summer I Turned Pretty” is my go-to good feeling book. It illustrates a love story, wrapped with the concept of friendship and family. It’s a book that you can read over and over again, and just can’t not smile. I highly recommend this book, 5/5 noodles, it’s one that you can just read, just to escape in this whirlwind of love and it’ll make you feel like falling in love.
Ramen: Seriously awesome, a must read
Chow mein: It was great, def add to reading list
Udon: It was satisfying, nice little way to pass the time
Lo mein: It was ok, better books out there
Soggy noodles: Not that good, do not recommend