This is a spoiler free review of The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han and my suggested age rating.
Synopsis of The Summer I Turned Pretty
The most amazing times in Belly’s life happen in summer. Every year for as long as she can remember she has been going to the beach house from June to August. She always looks forward to seeing Jeremiah and Conrad who are her friends, brother figures, and crushes. But one summer, everything wonderful and terrible happens. Belly is left to wonder, will summer ever be the same again?
My Review of The Summer I Turned Pretty
This book was pretty high on my summer TBR. But, after I heard the Novel Bound podcast talking about it on Instagram I really wanted to read it. I’m so glad I decided to pick this one up.
I loved Belly because she was such a strong female lead. She knew what she wanted, but also was a realistic teenage protagonist. Her relationship with Susannah I felt was so special and sweet as well as Belly’s relationship with Jeremiah and Conrad. We see Conrad and Jeremiah grow as people because of the shift from past and present. I love when books flip from different time periods. Jenny Han did this beautifully in this book. There was no confusion about the time periods. It was adorable snippets of Belly’s childhood.
This book hit me with all the feels both sad and happy. It had the cutest heartfelt moments as well as moments that made me really feel for these characters!
I am so excited to continue this trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book as well as Jenny Han’s other beloved trilogy: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Overall I would rate this book 4/5 stars.
Suggested Age Rating of The Summer I turned Pretty
I would give The Summer I Turned Pretty an Age Rating of 13+. As this book contains alcohol, and talks of drugs, as well as mention of inappropriate topics.
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