A Quick Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned PrettyFrom the author's website: "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."

I liked this book far more than I expected.  The main character is not exactly likable, but she's real, which makes a difference.  She doesn't make the good choices, and she doesn't see obvious connections, but that's life.  I felt most of the characters in the book were well-realized though the plot felt fairly thin.  To me, this was more of a character study than a novel with a plot.  Either way, it still read quickly.

Thoughts:  This woman knows the shore, and those who love it.  This story sometimes turns into a love letter to summering at the shore, and I'm okay with that.

Verdict:  6

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