Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han


Publisher: Puffin
Format: Paperback
Released: June 3rd, 2010
Grade rating: A


Amazon summary:

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...

Review:

Everytime I think about The Summer I Turned Pretty, I end up with a huge grin on my face. Jenny Han's writing is fantastic, the boys are gorgeous, and Belly is definitely high on my list of best female characters. If you want a summer read with charm and romance, then this is the one for you.

Belly goes to the beach house every summer, to spend time with her mum's best friend Susannah, and her sons Conrad and Jeremiah. Before now, she's been like a sister to them, much to her growing annoyance. However, this summer, something changes, and they actually notice her in the way she wants them to. This summer is all about growing up, with an emphasis on how all relationships inevitably change and evolve.

Jeremiah is sweet and caring, while older brother Conrad is more closed off and aloof. Both boys have attractive qualities and attributes, and it's really hard to choose between them. Just when I thought I had a clear favourite, one of them would say or do something to make me change my mind. I've come to the conclusion that I'm supposed to love them both equally, so I'll just leave it at that (though I think Conrad would *just* win, if I really had to choose). Belly is one lucky girl!

If you're a fan of The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols, run out and get a copy of this right now - I guarantee you'll want to join the Jenny Han fanclub ASAP. The Summer I Turned Pretty is realistic and relatable and, while not the most original of ideas, it's the writing and characters that will draw you in. It's a stroke of YA genius, and I thoroughly enjoyed every single page.

19 comments:

KM said...

Sounds like a good book!

Bere said...

Wonderful review! I haven't read this one but it does sound wonderful and just the type of books I love to read. I just added it to my list. Thank you! =D

Carla said...

I have been waiting for this review mon pip. OMG how amazing, i'm grinning so hard, and your right, you can't think about this book without a gigantic smile spreading across your face. I can remember thinking that Belly was the silliest name I had ever heard, but now I want it for myself. Fabulous review! And the Han likes the knee socks and Buffy, so she is win all around :-p

Audrey; (AyC) said...

Ive read nothing but good things about this, i've gotta pick it up! great review :)

Kelley Vitollo said...

Love this book! I read it in one day and then read book two the next day. They were both two of my favorite, if not my favorite reads of the year so far. Fantastic!

Great review.

Carla, yeah it took me a while to get used to the name Belly

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Thanks for the lovely review! I'd like to read this one some time.

Sara said...

Aww glad you liked it! I loved this too! Both boys were amazing. I just got the sequel and I'm about to start it this second. Thanks for the really amazing review :D

thebookfairyhaven said...

What a lovely review - I can't wait to get this book :)

Becky said...

Great review. I'm really looking forward to this. It looks like the complete embodiment of summer love *sigh*

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Fantastic review! I have to read this with a review like that!

Sasha said...

This one looks really good. I thought it would be okayish but a lot of people have said it's amazing! :)

Katherine Langrish said...

Sounds like a really sweet book!

Rowena said...

I just finished reading The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols so I'm definitely going to try to read this one too. Great review, this sounds like a book I'd definitely enjoy! Man, all these books to try, how will I ever find time to read them all?

Lauren said...

I've already made up my mind to read this, but your review has definitely made me even more excited about it. I'm not sold on the name Belly, but I'm sold on the book. It sounds lovely!

Dot said...

This sounds ever so good and I love the cover!

Clover said...

Cannot wait to read this one, I only hear good things about it.

Jesse Owen said...

This book sounds really good, i'm looking forward to reading it.

Sarah said...

Great, great review! I'm so glad you enjoyed this book. I love the UK cover cover too.

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. My friend recommended it and I LOVE IT. but im so peeved cuz all the books ive read always end up with the girl having to choose between 2 guys that love her :P but its so good anyways :3