The Summer I Turned Pretty – Jenny Han


This book was addictive and I couldn’t put it down. It follows the life of Isabel as she begins to grow up into her body and reaches the stage in her life when boys start to notice her. As she heads off with her mother and brother to a family friend’s summer house, she starts to notice that her two friends, Conrad and Jeremiah are paying her a bit more attention than usual.

As Isabel ages she has new experiences and makes new friends over the summer. The plot explores the summer adventures of Conrad, Isabel, Jeremiah and many more of the characters whilst also taking a trip down memory lane to the previous summer’s Isabel has spent at the summer house.

This book explores relationships between family and friends and is very emotional. At some points I found the book relatable and it sent me back to being a teenager and reaching that point when you start to feel older and relationships are more valuable. I also pined for a summer on the beach and out in the sun which is something I haven’t had for a long time. I miss being young and having long hot summers with friends, I really enjoyed this book as it was the perfect summer read and sent me back to being younger.

Isabel is a really interesting character and as the plot continues I really wanted to know what was going to happen to her. I was intrigued by Conrad’s mysterious characteristics and I loved Jeremiah’s fun character and bubbly personality. I also found some similarities between Isabel’s mother and the boys’ mother as they were very caring, and wanted the best for their children. However both parents were also laid back and fun which reminded me of growing up and how my mum was protective yet supportive in my decisions.

I felt this book was written really well as it was easy to read and the layout accompanied the plot. Jumping back and forth between the past and present gave the reader some background knowledge into how the characters were shaped from previous encounters and experiences. From the style of writing I became addicted to this book and couldn’t wait to read some more, I felt sympathy, empathy and happiness for the characters and I’m looking forward to reading some more about them.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book especially if you are looking for something to read with a summer style for this time of the year. I would say it is a young adult book but this doesn’t mean it is age restricted. I love Jenny Han’s writing style and I already can’t wait to pick up the next book in this series. I want to know where life goes for the characters and see which direction the plot goes in next. I am giving this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads, it definitely deserves it.













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