The rising moon slowly cooling the warm summer sands is the perfect melancholy backdrop for saying goodbye to the glorious heat of the day after a bit of fun in the sun. There's something magical about beaches, starry nights and that never ceasing surf. Marshmallows, midnight swims, sunburn and summer crushes mix so well with the scent of sun block and ozone, this was a perfect beach away from the beach type of a read, and it made me feel as if I was spending a summer by the ocean, something I haven't don't in a while. This book is delicious, reading it I felt all my adolescent memories coming back, I could smell and feel things I have almost forgotten about, the author did an amazing job of making this story so strong I could taste it in my mouth and feel the heat on my face.
One summer the dive off that pool board equaled a dive into adulthood ( there was a pool as well at the house), at fourteen Belly started to feel her femininity bursting at the seams, such a strange age for any female, our heroine wasn't spared the usual teenage fate. Some heart ache, some lessons learned and some feelings blossoming into more than liking someone. Spending summers with her mother's friend and her two sons have never been as fascinating as this summer, luckily the reader is there along for the ride, we get to be the fly on the wall and witness summer love, growing pains, confusion and jealousy as well as losing something or someone. This book was so much fun that I can't wait to read the second installment, which sounds really intense. It's really best to read this knowing very little plot, finding out what happens is half the fun. This is YA fiction done to perfection with crisp prose and alluring plot that keeps the reader glued to the pages, I loved it.
From reading the synopsis to this book you can't help but think that this is a fluff read - but that was not the case. Belly looks forward to her summers. Ever since she can remember her summers are full of her favorite things. The beachhouse, her almost-aunt, Susannah, her mother and brother, the beach, the boardwalk and Susannah's boys - Jeremiah and Conrad. Summers mean they all get together and spend three glorious months together. And Belly is looking … more
"This book has what every girl wants in a summer." -- Sarah Dessen, author ofJust ListenandLock and Key
"The Summer I Turned Prettyoffers a hard-to-resist combination -- a beach house, summer love, enduring friendship. A deliciously sweet read." -- Deb Caletti, author ofHoney, Baby, SweetheartandWild Roses
"If I could live inside this amazing book, I would. I would inhale the ocean air and soak up the sun, and I would hang out all day with kind-wonderful-funny-awkward Belly and her two known-'em-forever buds, Jeremiah and Conrad. I'd watch the three of them stop being kids and start being more...and I'd hope hope hope that when Belly falls in love -- 'cause you know she will -- she'd give her heart to the exact right boy." -- Lauren Myracle, author of the ttyl series andBliss
"This well-written coming-of-age story introduces 15-year-old Isabel, aka Belly, for whom summer has always been the most important time of year. Han (Shug) realistically balances Belly's naïveté with her awareness of the changes the years have brought. Han's novel offers plenty of summertime drama." -- Starred review fromPublishers Weekly
"Belly's dawning awareness of her sexuality and that of the boys is a strong theme, as is the sense of summer as a separate and reflective time and place. Readers get glimpses of kisses on the beach, her best friend's flirtations during one summer's visit, a first ...