TITLE The Summer I Turned Pretty
AUTHOR Jenny Han
Belly Conklin measures her life in summers. Summer is when she gets to go to Cousins beach, her home away from home. Cousins beach is where Susannah is. Cousins beach is where Susannah's sons are, Jeremiah and most importantly, Conrad.
Since the age of 10, Belly has been in love with Conrad, and everyone knew it. Unfortunately for her, he's never looked at her as more than a little sister. In the past, all that Belly's ever tried to do was get dark and careless Conrad to notice her, and now that Belly is coming back at the age of fifteen and looking gorgeous as ever, he just might.
On the other hand, there's Jeremiah, Conrad's cute and caring goofball of a brother who is quite the charmer and nothing but fun(the exact opposite of Conrad). He's always been Belly's best friend, but things change, Belly changed, Jeremiah changed(got wicked hott). He suddenly sees her as more than a friend, it's just a shame that she's too busy lusting for Conrad to notice Jere along the way.
This summer is different from all the rest. This summer there's something wrong with Susannah and it seems that everyone but Belly knows whats up. This summer there's divorce. This summer there's heartbreak. This is the summer where sickness, confusion, and tears turn sunny days dark. This summer Conrad and Jeremiah aren't the only ones that notice Belly's changes, and there's also a cutie named Cam throwing glances her way. This is the summer of first loves, second kisses, and being noticed. This is the summer that's different from all the rest, this is the summer that Belly turned pretty.
The Summer I Turned Pretty is one of my fave books in the whole wide world (the other ones being the next two books in the series)!! I honestly reread this book every week; it's just so gosh darn good! Sarah Dessen was right when saying "the book has what every girl wants in a summer". One of the reasons this book is so close to my heart is because I guess it represents everything I'd want in a summer too, to leave school and come back and be transformed into that gorgeous girl that all the boys fall for with the bat of an eyelash...*sigh*.
The first time I read this book, I was left breathless. Correction: Every time I read this book, I am left breathless. This book is the PERFECT beach read. The characters are made perfect for the story, the storyline is perfectly executed, and I really loved watching the characters evolve over time. This book made me cling to every word ,and when I was done, I read it again.