Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Review: The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han


The Summer I turned Pretty

by Jenny Han
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.01
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Published on: May 5, 2009
Pages: 276



Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Rating: 3 stars

An overview of the Novel: Belly has been going to Cousins Beach since she can remember. There's always her brother, Jeremiah, and Conrad, and herself. Being the only girl, she's always been left out. But this summer is going to be different. 

And it is. First of all, it's the first summer that her brother leaves in the middle of it. It's the summer that something is going on with her mom and Susannah, but she has no idea what. And it's the first summer, she feels pretty and other people are noticing it. 

But Belly has always been in love with the same guy since the very beginning and he's never noticed her. Will this be the summer that changes that?

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have seen this book floating around on Goodreads for years. I have been wanting to read it, and just never got around to it. But when I saw it in my library, I finally snagged it.

I went into this book with little expectations and practically no clue where the book was going to take me. In the beginning, I was slightly disappointed. The book read like millions of others of contemporary books that I have read. However, toward the end it started picking up and it started getting better.

This book just really didn't stand out in any meaningful way to me. However, I really enjoyed it. It's a cute, fun, quick light read. 

So why 3 stars? Like I said, I enjoyed it, but it didn't stick out. 

Can I read the series out of order? With this series, I don't think I'd recommend in. I think you should read them in order. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Okay for all teens.   

The Wrap-up: A cute, light read that new adult readers will enjoy. 

Love,

Danica Page

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry to hear that this was just a "meh" read! Jenny Han seems to be a hit or a miss for many people. I haven't tried this series yet, although I have loved all of her other books. Great review!

    Bella @ Ciao Bella

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