So last week I read To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and absolutely LOVED it. I felt like I needed some more Jenny Han in my life so I bought the Summer I Turned Pretty series. So obviously, I had some pretty high expectations for this book. It wasn’t as good as I expected it to be, but it wasn’t terrible either.
This book is basically about this 16 year old girl, Belly (I’ll get to that later) who spends every summer with her mother, brother and her mother’s best friend and her two sons. It’s basically just your average YA romance book really and there’s not too much to actually say about it so I’ll just go into the things I liked and disliked.
I really liked how fast paced it was. It was a very quick read, when I actually got around to reading it. The writing was really good too, which I’m not really surprised about to be honest since it is Jenny Han, but it felt like I was watching a TV show or something which was pretty cool.
I know a lot of people recommend you read this book in the summer, but I read it in winter and I still enjoyed it… But really, I’ve never really understood the whole reading summery books in the summer thing, like why wouldn’t you read it in the winter so you can remember that summer is real and it won’t actually be this cold forever?
So there were a few things I didn’t really like. I thought it was pretty boring at the start. Nothing really happened at all until about half way through really, but then it wasn’t very exciting. The plot was kind of the same thing, and very predictable. The romance in it was a bit, blah. I think when I was younger I probably would have thought it was much more exciting but no, nothing to rave about really.
Her name really bugged me. So on the back of the book it says her name is Isabele, but she never once gets called that! It’s always 'Belly', which is fine for a 10-13 year old, but what 16 year old girl in her right mind would want to be called that? It’s not like only her family calls her that, she actually introduces herself to people as Belly! I just think that’s stupid, and so not believable. She even says in the book that she would much rather be called Belle, SO WHY DON’T YOU? In case you couldn’t tell, this really bugged me, and I’m sure it will continue to bug me throughout the whole series.
Speaking of Belly, I know a lot of people call her selfish or childish or whatever, but she’s only 16. She’s a kid. I’m 19 and I still consider myself a kid so I think for 16 she’s doing alright. There are some things she does and I just shake my head but at the same time I get it.
I think I would have absolutely LOVED this book when I was maybe 13-15, I can see how it would be very relatable to young girls, but at the moment not so much. I’m thinking that when she grows up a bit in the next two books I will enjoy them more since she will be more my age, but we shall see.
But not for a while because I’m totally going to go and do my assignment right now…
Rating: 6.5/10 (Rating Scale)
Format: Paperback (3 book bind up)
You will like this if you liked…Sweet Valley High [Double Love] by Francis Pascal (and yes Nicky and Kerrod, I do think people would like this if they liked that series because I think they are very similar, so BOOM)
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