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Friday, April 29, 2011

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

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.


Belly is your typical teenage girl with the usual boy problems.  She stresses over liking one boy who wants nothing to do with her while another boy is in love with her.  This book would be a wonderful summer beach read.  It is a light read that doesn't require too much thought.  Belly's life is told in terms of summers, but the author lets us in on the past by going through various important moments in her past.  Her final summer brings love, hurt, and more.  She realizes that nothing lasts forever and you need to make the most of the time you have.  Again, a great summer beach read.  Probably not a book I would have typically went to pick up, but I read it for a Spring Reading Challenge and I'm glad I did.

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