The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han, Ages 12 and up
Isabel–known to her family and friends as “Belly”–has spent every summer she can remember at a beach house with her family’s closest friends. She has spent each of those summers being the tag-along little sister to her brother and his friends, Conrad and Jeremiah. But Belly is determined that this summer will be different. She has watched her friends grow from boys to young men, and now it’s her turn–she’s finally come into her own, finally turned pretty. Suddenly the boys are looking at her differently, treating her differently. She realizes that long-hidden feelings may now have a chance to rise to the surface. But what Belly doesn’t expect is how those feelings affect her and those around her.
Told through a mixture of Belly’s present narrative and past memories, Jenny Han’s new novel is a perfect summer read. Han’s story is witty, poignant, and entertaining, and her heroine is entirely endearing. Readers will be drawn in by Belly’s truthful description of the most important summer of her life. Grab a towel and suntan lotion and prepare to dive into the first good beach read of the season!
And don’t miss your chance to meet author Jenny Han at Hooray for Books! on Sunday, June 14, at 2 pm!
The Summer I Turned Pretty, by Jenny Han, pub. May 2009, Simon and Schuster