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The Summer I Turned Pretty, Book 1

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Breezy summer romance with close-knit friends and family.

Book Jenny Han Romance 2010
Illustrations of seashells on a green-blue background.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 9+

my kids love it

this book is perfect for ages 10+. it has very good messages, funny characters, and overall just an entertaining plot. there is little swearing, but i personally don’t think a few words should make you miss out on reading this amazing book. i HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone wanting a good, entertaining read.
age 10+

Great for all ages!

I read this book after my 10-year-old daughter did, and I expected it to be another basic book but was actually blown away by the characters and storyline. I would recommend this to anyone over the age of 10, especially younger girls! There is nothing inappropriate in this novel, however, there are a few scenes that depict drinking and smoking but nothing over-the-top. 4/5 stars!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (20 ):

This is a breezy, light, but heartfelt summer romance that fans of the genre will enjoy. The Summer I Turned Pretty is especially strong at evoking the pleasures of a summer at the beach, and the value in strong family ties and bonds of lifelong friendship. Jumping around in time through a series of flashbacks keeps the story moving, and it's always easy to follow and understand when events are taking place.

There are some minor inconsistencies, and some readers may get frustrated that Belly turns everything around to herself. But her insecurities make her easy to relate to, and readers will root for her growing sense of independence.

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