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The Summer I Turned Pretty | [Jenny Han]

The Summer I Turned Pretty

This bittersweet novel by Jenny Han recounts the summer of Belly's 16th birthday. When she and her family arrive at the beach house that June, her longtimesummer pal Jeremiah appears standoffish and awkward in her presence. And his older brother Conrad - her secret crush - seems distant and cold. But her blossoming beauty isn't the only reason for their change in behavior.
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Publisher's Summary

This bittersweet novel by Jenny Han recounts the summer of Belly's 16th birthday. When she and her family arrive at the beach house that June, her longtime summer pal, Jeremiah, appears standoffish and awkward in her presence. And his older brother Conrad - her secret crush - seems distant and cold.

But her blossoming beauty isn't the only reason for their change in behavior. For as Belly enjoys the sun and surf, she'll ultimately learn the painful secret that dampens the spirit of her childhood friends.

©2009 Jenny Han; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Romantic and heartbreakingly real ... the beautifully written novel ... perfectly blends romance, family drama, and a coming-of-age tale - one that is substantially deeper than most." (Library Journal)

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    Jennifer Vail, AZ, United States 09-20-12
    Jennifer Vail, AZ, United States 09-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Come on Conrad you know you want Belly"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Summer I Turned Pretty to be better than the print version?

    I loved both the print and audio versions. This is a book I can re-read or listen to it over and over again.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ashlie 06-26-12
    Ashlie 06-26-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "TEARS AND BEAUTY!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Summer I Turned Pretty the most enjoyable?

    The story is so fresh and beautiful! It makes you feel as if you are getting to spend the summer at the beach house in Cousins!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summer I Turned Pretty?

    The whole book is memorable, but its just the beginning for Belly....


    Which character – as performed by Jessica Almasy – was your favorite?

    Belly for sure


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Texas 06-18-12
    Tina Texas 06-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great coming of age story"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was very good. The author takes you from the present to the past to give you insight on all the characters and how they grew up together.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Doha New York, NY, United States 05-09-11
    Doha New York, NY, United States 05-09-11 Member Since 2010

    I like to read VERY much .. I'm obsessed with reading I don't have time to actually read a book so I've been a listener for three years now

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    "Good book"

    As a plot : i found the story was good with very relate-able characters and good dialogue
    As an Audio book it was good but the narrator is so SLOW and i got bored at the middle of the book until i fast forward it into 2×

    but you can read it if you like a bed time story teller

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Floyd, VA, United States 04-12-15
    Karen Floyd, VA, United States 04-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I expected better from Jenny Han"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It's a fun, light read, but it lacks substance.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jenny Han before, how does this one compare?

    I read both To All the Boys I've loved Before and the Ashes to Ashes trilogy. The Summer I
    Turned Pretty doesn't compare, to say the least. I was surprised by the lack of plot. I'm pretty sure this was her first book, and she's improved tremendously since writing it.


    What three words best describe Jessica Almasy’s voice?

    Too many pauses. She has a nice voice; she's easy to listen to, but she takes so many unnecessary pauses. Her tendency to pause in the middle of sentences (I suppose for dramatic effect--though none is needed) makes for choppy listening. Also, in my opinion, the pauses in between character dialogue were far too long. It's a shame, because she has great potential, but I would have preferred listening to this book read by a different narrator.


    Could you see The Summer I Turned Pretty being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. I think it would actually make for an entertaining film (one of those cheesy teen rom-coms). As for the actors, a young Mandy Moore would play a good Belly. I can't decide who I'd like to see play the boys.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 09-03-14
    Patricia 09-03-14
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    "I REALLY enjoyed this audiobook! Awesome!"
    What did you love best about The Summer I Turned Pretty?

    The story is very nice, and it's beautiful and I really enjoyed how the caracters are with one another. Their relationships are so real.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Summer I Turned Pretty?

    When Belly found out that Suzanna has cancer again, it was a very intense moment for me to read. I'm a sensible person and it was just wow...


    Which character – as performed by Jessica Almasy – was your favorite?

    I really like Belly, I think she's a very natural teenager and i really like the fact that she's down to earth and stuff.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of the book. I just can't wait to listen to the second one just to know what will happen!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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