The Summer I Turned Pretty


Jenny Han

Publication Date

May 5, 2009

Published by

Simon & Schuster



Followed by

It's Not Summer Without You

The Summer I Turned Pretty is the first novel in The Summer Series written by Jenny Han. It was first released on May 5, 2009.

The story line is about young teenage girl named Isabel "Belly" Conklin and the summers she spends at a residence known as Cousin's Beach, with her mother and older brother, Steven. The other residents that live there include her mother's lifelong best friend, Susannah, and her sons, Conrad and Jeremiah.

The first novel focuses on the summer where she turns "pretty" and is finally noticed by Conrad and Jeremiah as an actual girl and not a little sister figure. 


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.

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