Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 14+, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult Fiction.

Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ

Synopsis: Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good occurs whilst she visits Jermiah and Concrad at the beach house. She’s known the two boys practically since birth. They have been her friends, her brother-figures, her crushes, and the murky waters in between all of that. However Belly is no longer that naive little kid; She’s not just her brother’s little sister, she’s confident and becoming a new person.

This summer’s going to be the best summer. The summer of all summers. It’s going to be the summer that changes her life


The Summer I Turned Pretty is the first book in the YA trilogy. The novel revolves around Belly as she attempts to shake off the little kid image Conrad and Jermiah have built, and become the pretty woman they’ll finally notice. It’s all about this summer, and working on her confidence as well as attempting to navigate life with a heart that yearns for Conrad to notice her, as well as the heartbreak of a family member suffering from cancer. This novel also talks about and deals with issues of drug and alcohol abuse.

This is a slower-paced novel, dealing with some real-life issues that many face today. Recently the novel was picked up by Prime Video and made into a television series.

If you like the sound of this book, place a request on it on our Library Catalogue. If you enjoy Jenny Han, her other series is on BorrowBox.

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