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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

Critic Reviews

"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

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Tina
  • Texas
  • 06-18-12

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Doha
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 05-09-11

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

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Lover it!

One of my favorites!! I think this is a classic! Every girl should read it

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Reader's thoughts

I picked up this book because I have read a couple of other books by Jenny Han. When I was a couple chapters in the book I honestly thought It was going to be about a summer beach house and a love triangle story but the plot took an unexpected turn and the ending was quite satisfying to me. Besides that I could relate to a couple several moments that the character(s) had. I love how Jenny Han can describe those special/ weird feeling moments where one's stomach does all these flips and our checks get flustered and all words are lost. Had me curious and thinking about the ending. Will most likely pick up the second book in this series to see the outcome.

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  • Laura
  • Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
  • 07-30-16

light reading

I loved this light summery read it's the first in a trilogy good type of book to maybe listen to the beach

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Absolutely Amazing!!!

I love this book series SOOO much! I'm a 15 year old girl, and I absolutely HATE any type of reading but that all changed with this book series!! I HIGHLY recommend all of the books!!

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AMAZING!!!!

The story is sweet and beautiful. Can't wait to read the second book of this series. :)

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so-so

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Honestly? I'm only in the middle of it and don't know if I can tolerate finishing the story. I don't like to be mean to anyone, but the narrator & her style make me want to light a fire under her - she takes a lot of pauses where none should be taken (in my opinion).

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It's a bit slow-moving. I have the next two books in the series and am hoping I can make it through. Ok, to be fair, I am realizing the deeper I get into the story that this series is more for teens, so it's not my era. But I want (and have) to say out loud "oh, grow up already" every time the lead female character retorts with "shut up...so-&-so"

What didn’t you like about Jessica Almasy’s performance?

Same opinion as already written. It will be difficult to listen to the next two books in the series if this woman is narrating

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

Yes...for young teens.

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  • FanaticReader
  • 03-22-17

I love this series so much.

I don't know how many times I've read this book since it was published but it feels right to re-read and re-listen to this series every spring when I know summer is just around the corner. I love the narrator's voice, her voice is how I imagine Belly's voice to be and she does bring the story into life with her narration. I totally recommend this audio book and I hope you'll love it as much as I do.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful