It was the summer everything began It was The Summer I Turned Pretty Belly s whole life was measured in summers According to her, winter didn t count It was summer that mattered Why Because she gets to meet her two favorite boys, Conrad and Jeremiah.
I found Belly very amusing and fun to read about She was such a lovable character And I liked her even when I found out that I could easily relate to herConrad Conrad was this moody character whose next move you can t predict I liked him a lot He was the darker one when compared to his other brother Jeremiah He was also a very complicated character Belly found him frustrating in many events but she didn t give up on himJeremiah Jeremiah was the humorous and brighter one See He can t even stay still without laughing in the picture D Jeremiah was an easy going character who took everything with a casual attitude He was the fun one I can t say Conrad wasn t as good as Jeremiah Both the brothers were awesome in their own way.
Jenny Han has written an entertaining and an enjoyable novel After reading too many paranormal romance novels, I believe I likedcontemporary romance a lotas in everything was normal here No supernatural stuffs to make your favorite characters stick together Everything was normal and simple in this book Nothing far fetched or complicated.
If you love simple novels with cute lovable characters then this book is certainly perfect for you The Summer I Turned Pretty was a quick, enjoyable, entertaining and a summery read Like I mentioned earlier, it was anawesome summer read Rating 4 1 2 stars Characters 5 stars Setting 5 starsPlot 4 Honourable Mention To Susannah For being the embodiment of summer, and pretty much perfect OOH, possible spoilers ahead guys, watch out Well So that was I feel a lot like this Because I am sure of two things 1 I freaking love this series And Conrad I really freaking adore him, than Jeremiah I am happy to say Ah, to be young and fictionally in love2 This is my new favourite series And three, because I m just boss that way 3 Reading this series takes my mind away from the horror that is snow all around, and while I m reading this all I imagine are rainbows, the ocean and glorious warmth Basically by endeavouring to read the rest of the series, I d like to delude myself longer What I m getting at here Is that this is a well rounded and great book I was so hesitant to try it because the other beachy novel on my CR shelf is stale and quite frankly, irrelevant to me at the moment This however, this was relevant It had so much heart and such soulI love Belly, and Beck s boys You know at the back of books where the book blurb is all like, A true tale of touching inspiration and growth Well I feel just like that I feel like donning my creep glasses and jacket and writing something inspirational too You know what I will One step at a time, my friends, this book has touched me Severely Summary brief Belly is this awkward teenager I couldn t help relating to because at her age I was just as clueless, if not She turns pretty one summer and everything changes, her two life long friends begin to act differently and tensions rise as further complications threaten to ruin the tradition of Summer Let me start off by saying Cousin s beach is a place I most definitely have to go I started off reading this with a bit of a raised brow because I didn t know if the importance Belly and everyone held for this place would rub off unto me or not I knew that I really wanted it to and am all kinds of crazy mad glad it did Some authors can try to capture the idea of summer, but what Han actually does is that she grabs a hold of the very definition, transforms it and personifies it into a person And one Both Belly and Susannah were summer personified to me summer at different stages Belly is at the beginning, like a beach inexperienced or sand yet to be tread she s smooth canvas Susannah on the other hand is the shore at twilight and she symbolizes something we have yet to ever see, the end of summer She doesn t get there in this book but the gradual decline taking place is made very evident, and yet through it all she s this picture of dignity, something to behold I kind of love this woman Women if you factor in Belly and Han, the author, because I adore them too This book was so good that I left thinking I would nick name my baby Belly somehow Yeah, I know It was just this awesome ride and reading it was such a privilege, I cannot begin to explain I have nowhere to begin because I am at a loss for words, all I can say is that I have been thoroughly pleased And for once those of you who know me will know just how much of a breach from character this is I cannot focus solely on the men, I just can t It would be an insult to do so, because despite the fact that they were major and wonderful parts of this book, they just didn t seem to matter than the overall story What mattered were Susannah and Belly and their growth because there was so much happening here So much character development took place that it was crazy and incredible at the same time This feeling of watching someone learn and transform into something better than what they once were is what drives me to read, I hardly see enough of it in real life There were things I wished were better resolved, say Cam and Mr Fisher, I wanted to know the reason for the impending divorce, and I also thought the adorable geek that is Cam deserved at least an explanation No fair, Bells Other than that I am good So good that I already have the second book sitting around somewhere waiting I ll try reading a bit of Endless Summer again but if nothing comes of it, I m dropping it like a hot potato Because every book should be as good as this one.
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 Everything Changes, The It All Ends Up Just The Way It Should Have Been All Along I didn t like this book.
The thing that bother me the most was the girl, Belly, she was VERY annoying I also just couldn t connect with the story, I mean all the book is about how much she loooooves Conrad one of her mom s best friend s sons and everything in her lifes revolves around Conrad.
It was bording on obsession actually, she came across as pathetic And she complained about EVERYTHING, that the boys wouldn t play with her, that the boys weren t paying her attention, that her bestfriend was getting attention than her, yadda yaddait was ENDLESS.
Plus, she was so mean to her mother , and she kept thinking awful things about her mother and father She was so snotty and whiny and urgh just overall annoying I couldn t swallow her.
I wanted to like this, the writing was well done, the descrption of the setting was amazing, and there were a lot of cute and funny scenes, ALL OF THEM including Jeremiah the other son , so I didn t get why Belly was so obsessed with Conrad anyway, he wasn t even an interesting character at all I dont need to be reading this, I ve had enough Bella Swan for a lifetime So I m probably not reading the rest of the series God knows it was already a big achievement to have finished this one.
5 5 I don t even know, but this book read like a dream and I really enjoyed it Also, I am terrified about what is going to happen in the later books.
This book made me want to cry tears of blood.
Belly, if someone is hurting and tells you to stop talking, you don t just kiss them Also, if you and your friend overhear about his mother s breast cancer, you don t think thoughts likeoh, I hope she doesn t loose a boob No Just, no.
My husband does not approve of you.
Low Points in this bookBelly Girl, this is for being whiny and obnoxious Also, for being a bitch to your mother and thinking that she would never ever do anything for you and for not appreciating her at all For confusing me every two seconds by sayingi dunt even lyk Conrad I lyk Jere And Cam but omg, hes sexeh mmm Conrad Are you sure you re going to college next year boy My eight year old cousin is mature than you Don t you worry though, puberty will hit you soon enoughCam I liked you How could you do this to me That is for letting Belly use you to make Conrad jealous If you hadn t called her those two times at the end, I would have saved you some of my respect but nope Sorry.
High points in this bookJeremiah Since Cam is out of the picture, you re obviously going to magically turn evil and fuck shit up and hurt Belly so she can hate you and have babies with Conrad Even though you ve been her rock and best friend and remembered her birthday You will feel like shit when the series ends for sticking up for her but guess what Tough fucking luckTaylor You got slut shamed for kissing Belly s brother and made her flip shit You re invited to party with me.
That s it Call me a masochist but I ll read the next two books Why Because I like to torture myself that s why Or maybe because I m hoping that Belly grows up and kicks Conrad once between the legs My life will be complete.
5 5I was in the mood for a YA contemporary romance and this was perfect for that I loved the story, even if most of the characters were not super developed Just a good ol YA contemporary romance.
I liked Belly for the most part even though she was a little bratty at times, LOVED Jeremiah, liked Cam alright, and didn t really love Conrad most of the time Overall, pretty alright I m excited to read the rest of the trilogy.
Hi, so this book isn t technically a five star read It s a little cliche and a lot cheesy and centres around a love triangle and just is not a literary masterpiece I don t care about any of that though because this is the book I was reading before I was a reader This is the book that made me want to read This was the first book I read into the night The first book I couldn t put down This was the book of my preteen years and the nostalgia I feel for this book surpasses any reservations I have about the plot now that I m not 12 any I ve read this book upwards of fifteen times and no matter what stage of my life I m at, I love it These characters feel like family The beach house feels like my own vacation home and the words feel like they live in my brain So yeah, it isn t a perfect book and is the exact opposite of what I tend to lean towards nowadays but forever and ever and ever it will be a symbol of my love of reading and I will always be fond.
There was so much about this book that bothered me, and I almost gave up on it several times I think the thing that bothered me most though was the protagonist Very often, if I can t connect or feel compassion for the main character, the book has slim to no chance of winning me over In my opinion, Belly was such an immature, self focused and petulant child Her actions and feelings about events and people really were annoying that I wanted to shake some sense into her, I ll provide specifics in a few But first, one of the biggest things that irk me, and for those that know my reading style, they will laugh because I ve said this often times before, I can t stand when an author doesn t tell you the name of the person narrating the story or who the story is about Very few, maybe like one or two books The Gargoyle being one have been exempt from this number one rule of mine,I want to know who is talking to me or who the story is about right awayBelly doesn t cut it , especially when I find belly buttons gross and cringe worthy Ewwww It s not until than half way through the book that we find out her real name is Isabel, but by then it was too late, I was calling her Bellatrix in my head and couldn t get it out Sorry, but it just happened naturally.
Overall, it bothered me how selfish Bellatrix errr I mean Belly was to those in her life, including family and friends For example, her father tried so hard with her by buying her books, a piano and fixing up a room in his new apartment in the hopes she d come to enjoy spending some time with him, but NOOOOO she didn t like the books he chose, the piano was out of tune and she wanted the yellow sheets, not the pink scratchy sheets Ugh Also, she has no real heartfelt relationships with ANYONE She uses her best friend Taylor by inviting her to the beach house for the sole purpose that maybe she ll be able to fit in better with the crowd because of Taylor, but it ends up backfiring so she ends up resenting her BF Her relationship with her brother is downright mean and shallow, nothing heartfelt or aww worthy there Even her friendship with Jeremiah and Conrad left much to be desired It bothered me when Jeremiah and Belly overheard a convo between their mothers about Suzanne s breast cancer and Belly had no clue how to comfort him, all she could think of saying wasI hope your mom doesn t lose a boobReally That s all you got Glad you kept that in your little air filled noggin and didn t say it out loud How about just give him a hug and ask him if he s okay or wants to talk There were so many opportunities for her to show some depth and growth, but she just fell flat IMO.
BUT, the thing that bothered me the most is that she crushes on two brothers That s just gross Pick one and stop with theI like Jeremiah no I like Conrad oh I shared a Twizzler with Jeremiah now I like him again Oh wait I like Conrad s dark and brooding side, I change my mind, I like him betterThat gets irritating right quick next to her feeling that life got better for her when she turned pretty No really, she feltI m pretty now, life is like sooooo good now I love being sooooo pretty I was ugly before and an outsider, but now I m pretty Yay for meWhatevs shakes head Lastly, the writing was simple and the storyline wasn t very complex at all, except for trying to figure out who this Belly girl really was The story did switch back from present to past in random ways, but I don t consider that complex, just slightly irksome The one thing the book did have going for it was the setting I like seaside, beachfront, boardwalk settings, but that wasn t enough to hook me I d much prefer a Dessen book to provide me that fix All in all, there s better out there IMHO.
Okay, this review feels sloppy and random I ll just blame it on the book DONE
S Jenny you totally deserve all this popularity you re getting and I gotta say that the movie was actually really good If, by any chance, you see Noah soon can you say hi to him wishful thinking