Published December 2012|Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers|292 pages
Purchased for my Nook
Goodreads.com Summary: Some summers are just destined to be pretty.
When each summer begins, Belly leaves her school life behind and escapes to Cousins Beach, the place she has spent every summer of her life. Not only does the beach house mean home away from home, but her favorite people are there: Susannah, her mother’s best friend, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly has been chasing Conrad for as long as she can remember, and more than anything, she hopes this summer will be different. Despite distractions from a new guy named Cam and lingering looks from Conrad’s brother, Jeremiah, Belly’s heart belongs to Conrad. Will he offer his to her? Will this be the summer that changes everything?
I loved The Summer I Turned Pretty! It’s such a fun, cute read, and I even get a little teary-eyed at one point!
I just…I really loved The Summer I Turned Pretty…I love that it takes place during the summer. I love that we only see the characters during the summer. I loved the characters most of all- Belly was fun, I totally get why she likes Conrad, and Jeremiah is such a great guy. Susannah is such a cool mom, and while Belly’s mom is my least favorite character, she was still an interesting character.
It is the perfect summer read, although I would read it anytime I needed a dose of summer. I loved seeing what Belly was up to, her relationships with Conrad, Jeremiah and her brother Steve, and all of the flashbacks throughout the book. The flashbacks really added to the relationships.
I so wanted Belly and Jeremiah to end up together, but I also get why she has this huge crush on Conrad. I liked seeing snippets of her relationship with both boys, and how her relationships with them changed throughout the years.
There is a certain simplicity to The Summer I Turned Pretty. You get taken back to a time when your biggest worry was what you were going to do that day and hanging out with friends for one last summer. You feel happy and sad and you can’t help but smile and laugh too.
Final thoughts: I loved The Summer I Turned Pretty so much that all I can do is gush about how much I love it. It’s cute, it’s fun, and great if you’re looking for something summer-y, no matter what time of year it is! It gets a 5 out of 5.