Friday, May 2, 2014

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy by Jenny Han (ALL 3 BOOKS)

Release Date: April 6, 2010 - April 24, 2012

PublisherSimon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 304

Received: Library

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★  

Summary: (The Summer I Turned Pretty #1)
                     Some summers are just destined to be pretty 

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 wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

My Thoughts:

The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy consists of 3 books. The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You, and We'll Always Have Summer

I will be talking about the whole trilogy as a whole. There shouldn't be any major spoilers.

Oh, where to start. I first want to say this trilogy is one of my favorite contemporaries. Jenny Han is a superb writer. I can assure you, it's not a waste of your time. The plot is so fascinating and it makes YOU want to be in Belly's position. But I probably wouldn't want to be in her place because she has to make hard choices that change how her life goes from there.

The first cover has 2 boys and 1 girl on it. What can you expect? Yes, a love triangle. The love triangle consists of 2 brothers and a girl who've known them her whole life. 

Isabelle "Belly" lives for summer. Her summer is always spent at Cousins Beach with her mother and brother. She has spent countless times with Susannah's sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. They have acted like Belly's older brothers, first crush, and anything in that category. Everything changes when she's fifteen and she walks outside of the car. She has changed. Belly feels pretty.

Things are going to be different this time around. Conrad and Jeremiah look at her differently from the girl they grew up with. THUS THE STORY BEGINS. Everything is light and we see the characters develop. There is grieving, happiness, and broken things. All the characters go through different obstacles that make me root for them.

Belly is likeable and a typical teenage girl. Her struggles will seem relateable to most of the audience. Jenny Han takes the transformation of a teenage girl to an unexpected young lady. The flashbacks of her previous summers, many readers will understand her and her feelings better.

How Han ends the trilogy is well written and worthy of praise. Belly finally sees the problem, and goes back to school, studies abroad, and finishes school. I am so proud of Belly. Her man came to her. She waited. Good things happen to people who wait. This book is good for people who want start reading. This is good for teens that love a good story about romance. It's different. The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy is summer and what good things come from it. 


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