Saturday, October 12, 2013

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han


The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Series: The Summer I Turned Pretty 1#
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Publication Date: May 5th 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer--they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.

Wow. What the hell did I just read?!? I don't know what to say.. I mean I kind of liked and hated this book at the same time. *_*

I decided to pick this one up based on its cover. I have a confession to make - I almost always judge books by their covers.. I can't help it!! How am I supposed to ignore a beautifully done cover like this one ?!?!
So, this summer-ish looking cover featuring a girl my age and two hot guys caught my attention. I am a HUGE fan of summer romance books and I really needed one now to remind me of the summer.

Well, this book actually did its job pretty well as a summer beach novel. It was light and fun and good-spirited. It made me miss the summer vacation.. I read it cover-to-cover in only a couple of hours and I actually felt sad when it was over, just because I had to leave this summer paradise for now.. :/

 The main issue I had with this book was Belly. I had a hard time understanding her. She was 16, but acted more like a 12 year old. She was whiny and selfish.. She threw tantrums whenever she was the slightest bit upset, and after that she was surprised when the boys treated her like a 4 year old.
She wanted boys to like her, but she never really cared about any of them. She USED a boy just to make another one jealous. There were times when I thought she was finally learning a lesson but she was always back to her childish behavior after no more than two pages.
I was so frustrated by her!! She made me want to slap her.. I mean come on. This is supposed to be a coming-of-age novel! She's supposed to grow up, right?

The whole story was very unrealistic. The sudden attention Belly got from guys was weird and kind of.. inappropriate. I mean, she was only 15 years old!!! Belly was presented as a normal girl, not a super-model. Normal girls don't get these looks from guys all the time. I couldn't relate to anything that happened it this book. It was just too strange...

Well, overall this was an ok read. I didn't hate it - the fluency of the writing and the plot kept me turning the pages and wanting more. It just that the book could've been so much better had the characters and the events been more realistic and relatable. I'm not sure if I will continue the series.. not right now anyway.


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  1. I agree even though I haven't even read the book. I like the summer aspect as it's my favourite season but the whole boy thing going on...very unrealistic. I hate those books where you can't decide whether you hate it or like it.

    1. Yeah, the whole boy thing was way too much ><

  2. Doesn't sound like something I'd like either. I do love the cover, though (and I also often judge a book by its cover - at least until I've seen a review or two!).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  3. I love summer books - but I can't stand unrealistic, whiny characters. How disappointing, because the cover really is nice (and I also judge books by their cover. I think most of us do). Great review :)

    1. I KNOWW!! It is so disappointing when a book with a nice cover turns out to be annoying.. =/

  4. So sad to hear that despite it being a fast read the characters weren't relatable, that kills a book!
    Great review!

  5. Ick. The title alone makes me cringe. I'm not a fan of characters who think too much about themselves. REally? you think you're pretty? Get over yourself. Lol. I'm glad I've stayed away from this series.

    1. Me too.. she thinks way too much of herself.. in like, a childish way. :P

  6. I love YA books and this was recommended to me on Goodreads but I'm hesitate on picking it up and reading it. I'm glad you reviewed it, definitely not going to read it now, haha.

  7. I have such great affection for this trilogy. I agree that Belly is a little immature in the first book, but read the next one!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. Wow, I'm glad to hear she's maturing in the next books.. If it's really like that then I think I might continue the series despite my experience from the first one.. I guess I'll see ><
      Thanks for the comment ! <3

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  10. I don't know yet how I feel about this book.

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  13. I've never ever liked summer books doubt i'll like this one. I honestly hate it when main protagonist (girls) act so immature. Thank's for your honest critique on this story helps a lot :)

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