The Summer I Turned Pretty
Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 304
Advertised Age Level: Ages 12 and up
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 15
Language: very mild and limited profanity
Drug/Alcohol Use: some underage characters drink beer
Social Issues: unrequited love, first love, cancer
Suggested Movie Grade: PG
Premise: Belly has spent every summer of her life at Cousins Beach with her mother, her brother, and her mom’s best friend and her two sons, Conrad and Jeremiah. She’s been in love with Conrad for nearly as long, but Conrad sees her as a little sister. But now that Belly is 15 and growing up, she hopes that Conrad might finally see her for the young woman she’s becoming. While Conrad seems more determined than ever to push her away, Belly finds attention from new guy Cameron, and it appears that Jeremiah might have feelings for her. Should she hold out for the guy she’s always loved or cut her losses?
Potential Points of Concern: Conrad and Jeremiah’s mother, Susannah, is dying of cancer.
Age Appropriateness: 12 +