Title: The Summer That I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Published: 3rd June 2010
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. [GoodReads]
Bitterly disappointed. Read raving reviews about this book and was surely let down. A reviewer said, I quote: "If you are a fan of Sarah Dessen, you will definitely enjoy reading this book."
A nice introduction to the characters at the beginning with background which was pleasant, with a similar outline to Endless Summer (although I did read this book first), Belly wants to get the attention from Conrad more than anything. Obviously, not that simple with Jeremaih in the way. I only wish that Belly wasn't such a irritating character with what she thinks, says and does. All the reasons for "crush" just seemed pointless as there is a huge sign of interest waving around her from what we can see as "Prince Charming". Reading this, it is constantly painful to read the actions around Belly and how she is so blind with everyone!
The storyline could have spanned out really well but the sad decisions of where the story gets blown to has let down the book. The main disappointment was the, what I think was supposed to be, "twist" that left everything very sour.
Above all the negatives:
I do like the occasional jump back to Belly's different memories of her summers which link back to the main story. Reading the past events in the moment was a better idea to have rather than, what Jenny could of done, is let Belly hint about what happened in the past.
Recommend or Not? Sadly, no. Characters are irritating and the unrealistic events brings a bitter result. Not my cup of tea.
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