The Summer I Turned Pretty, Paperback

The Summer I Turned Pretty Paperback

Part of the Summer series

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han is the first in this gorgeous series, if you want to lose yourself on the beach, this is the book for you!

Everything that happened this past summer, and every summer before it, has all led up to this.

To now. Every year Isabel spends a perfect summer at her family friends' house.

There's the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of sandy beach ...and the two boys.

Unavailable, aloof Conrad - who she's been in love with forever - and friendly, relaxed Jeremiah, the only one who's ever really paid her any attention.

But this year something is different. They seem to have noticed her for the first time. It's going to be an amazing summer - and one she'll never forget ..."This book has what every girl wants in a summer". (Sarah Dessen). "Impossible to put down and I read it in one afternoon". ( Jenny Han was born in Richmond, Virginia, and studied at the University of North Carolina.

She lives in New York, working part-time as a children's librarian alongside her writing.

Find out more at website.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780141330532



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This book looks like a vacuous, quick, summer read - and it is. For the first chapter. Then it draws you in with excellent storytelling and convincing characters. I loved Belly, she's a great character who you want to know. The story flips back and forth between earlier summers and the present summer and that did throw me until I realised what was happening, but it only enhances the story. The device enriches the characters’ relationships as you can quickly see how they’ve bonded over so many summers together. The plot twist near the end is no big surprise to the reader, however how it affects Belly and everybody in the house is riveting reading, (I have to say -I did cry a bit).The book is a chameleon, it pretends to be a light fluffy read but it sneaks in issues like divorce, friendships, unrequited love, cancer and other darker issues. It’s beautiful to read, I recommend it to everyone who’s been a fifteen year old girl.