Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Posted September 25, 2016 by Annie in Reviews / 4 Comments

Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
The Summer I Turned Pretty
by Jenny Han

3.5 Stars


Released: May 5 2009
Series: Summer #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: eBook

“I find that Han’s sweetness in her writing uplifts reader’s spirits and allows you to just forget about life’s worries.”
~ Under the Covers

After I devoured the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, I was interested to read more of Jenny Han’s books. I love the simplicity to her writing and also how she takes real life issues and explores them in her books. I love this cover and I remember it catching my eye when it first came out but I didn’t read it until now. I don’t think it’s nearly as good as the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books but it still has the same tone and style I like.

Belly is our main character and she’s a very sweet girl. This story revolves around summer and it being a time of change. Belly and her family also go to his beach house with some other people and that’s really where the memories happen. There’s a bit of backstory told in the form of flashbacks, which I think helps in fleshing out the other characters in the series, especially the boys. But Belly’s growth happens throughout the book when one summer, things begin to change for her.

As I mentioned earlier, this book is very simple and sweet. I think this is a great story to have on your bookshelf when you’re just feeling down and don’t really know what kind of book you’re in the mood for. I find that Han’s sweetness in her writing uplifts reader’s spirits and allows you to just forget about life’s worries. I know they’ve done that for me already in the past.

So while probably not my favorite book from Jenny Han, I’m still looking forward to reading the rest of the series.




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About Jenny Han

Jenny Han (Han like Han Solo, not Han like hand)
was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and she went on to graduate school at the New School in New York City, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children. She lives in Brooklyn.
What's in your bag? pens, Tom Ford lipstick (one red, one pink), lip balm, mini notebook, eyeglass cleaner
What's your favorite city? New York in the fall
Where do you write? in cafes, on the subway, in other people's houses
Morning or night? Night
Which Hogwarts house are you? Slytherin
Favorite books? I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier


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Sounds cute. Thank you

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It is!


Thanks for the review Annie

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Thanks for the review.