Parman Teen Book Review: The summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han
The Summer I Turned Pretty is a cute story that follows narrator Belly Conklin who lives for the summers that she spends with her mother, her brother Steven, her mother’s best friend Susannah, and Susannah’s boys – Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent every summer she can remember at Cousins Beach in Susannah’s summer house, wishing that she could be included in all the activities that the boys – Steven, Conrad, and Jeremiah – take part in. This summer, Belly’s wish comes true, but not in the way that she expected. More than just a lighthearted “summer story,” The Summer I Turned Pretty is quite deep, focusing on mother-child relationships and the importance of family, love, and friendship. I found myself rooting for both Conrad and Jeremiah during the novel, for both boys possess qualities that are so different but alike in an odd way. Conrad is brooding, mysterious, moody, and solemn; Jeremiah is bubbly, energetic, and is always laughing and trying to cheer people up. Overall, the novel progresses very quickly and held my interest from the first page to the last. Han does a wonderful job developing her characters through flashbacks of some of the most important moments and events of Belly’s previous summer, and I really enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait to read its sequel.
Niraja, 16 Parman TLLC