The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han | Book Review #243

Book Review

5821978Belly 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.

Please note: This is my review of the second time I’ve read this book.
Trigger Warning: Mentions of (Breast) Cancer.

There’s not much to say other than I thought this book was pretty ordinary, to be honest. Yes, Belly measures her life in summers, me, at least, there’s nothing really special about this book.

The summer in which this book takes place is one that is different from all the rest. Belly actually takes action and does something about her crush–the boy she has loved for the last few years.

unnamed-4Yet with the events taken place in this book, I feel like more happened the first time I read it, than it did this second time I’ve read it.

I actually kind of like Belly’s character though. Living in a house for three months out of a year, with three boys her age (including her brother) and having them, for the most part, leave her behind? That sucks so freaking much! So I like the action that Belly would take to be included, even though she seemed more like a brat than anything else to me.

One thing that I did like about this book was that, whenever there was a point in the story that brought up the past, the next chapter would be that mentioned memory, and then the book would continue on after that.

My original rating for The Summer I Turned Pretty was 4 of 5 stars. However, reading The Summer I Turned Pretty for the second time.. I’m rating this book 2.5 of 5 stars.

Have you read The Summer I Turned Pretty? Is it worth reading the second and third books?

Happy Reading!

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