The Summer I Turned Pretty
Summer I Turned Pretty #1
by Jenny Han
* * Stars (Just ok)
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” by Jenny Han follows the protagonist, Isabel “Belly” Conklin, as she navigates a summer at the beach. Belly has always spent her summers with her family and their close friends, the Fishers, at the beach house. However, this summer is different. As Belly matures, she finds herself caught in a love triangle between two brothers, Conrad, and Jeremiah Fisher, who have been a part of her life since childhood. Susannah (Conrad and Jeremiah’s mother) always knew that Belly was destined for one of her boys. She just didn’t know which one. Will Belly decide between Jeremiah and Conrad? Read the book to find out!
“The Summer I Turned Pretty” wasn’t exactly a book that wowed me; I didn’t enjoy the boring plot. The love triangle involving Belly and the Fisher brothers, Conrad and Jeremiah, feels cliched and lacks the depth needed to engage readers on a meaningful level. The story unfolds in a way that can be anticipated from early on, leaving little room for surprises. This book would be a great start for younger teens who are getting into reading romance novels.