July 31, 2015

Review: The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

The Complete Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy: The Summer I Turned Pretty; It's Not Summer Without You; We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han

Belly has always lived for the summertime because it means all her favorite things: swimming, the beach and the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent every summer with them at Cousins Beach for as long as she can remember. She has always been in love with Conrad and finally, one summer, it seems like he might have feelings for her too. But it turns out, so does Jeremiah.

As the summers go on, Belly has to choose between two brothers who love her as she comes to the realization that she will have to break one of their hearts.

For the first time, all three Summer novels are in one collection, including The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You and We'll Always Have Summer.
The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy Review:
 4.6/5 stars
It’s time to talk about the amazing Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy. 

The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy follows a teenager named Belly and her family friends, the Fishers. Belly's Mother, Laurel, and the Fishers mother, Susannah, have been best friends for almost their entire lives. The two families and their children are all very close, and Susannah, Laurel, Belly, Steven, Conrad, and Jeremiah spend every summer together at the Fishers Beach House in Cousins. Belly’s had a crush on Conrad for most of her life, but Conrad has never felt the same way, until now. Suddenly, both Jeremiah and Conrad possibly have a thing for Belly, leaving Belly trapped in the middle of the two brothers. 

Jenny Han has a talent for making her YA’s feel so real. Her main characters aren’t teenagers with wisdom beyond their years. They are teens who act like teens. This made me so happy, because I don’t like reading YA’s when the main characters aren't very realistic and don't act anywhere around their age.  Plus, Han makes it so easy for you to feel connected to each character. She has a way of making you love them so so much. (And its not because they're perfect, they aren't, they are flawed and they make huge mistakes but you love them anyways.) 

The Characters:

Isabel “Belly” Conklin: Isabel is the main character, she goes by Belly, and she cries a lot. Hah, just kidding, only sort of though, because she does cry a lot (along with everyone else - theres a pretty significant amount of crying in these books - but its not without reason), along with doing a lot of stumbling. Literally, I felt like every other chapter she was running and falling over her own feet.  

Conrad Fisher: Conrad Fisher is passive aggressive at times, acts selfish, hurts others, and has a bad attitude.  But despite his major flaws you cant help but love him a ton. I personally related to Conrad the most. 

Jeremiah Fisher: Jer is the good guy. He is honestly such a genuine sweetheart. He is kind and warm and loving and fun while still funny. 

The Books:

The Summer I Turned Pretty 5/5 stars
This was a great first book. I felt it really blended Belly's past in Cousins with the present time. This book also made me fall in love with Cousins and the beach house. 

Its Not Summer Without You 4/5 stars
This was my least favorite of the trilogy. I can't quite put my finger on why I didn't like it, but there was just something that left me slightly irritated. 

We’ll Always Have Summer 5/5 stars
The whole college setting totally threw me off at first…but we finally got Conrads POV!! I think that was one of my favorite parts of this book.


  1. Glad you liked it. :D These books and I didn't click. :(

    1. Aww thats too bad :( The more I look around for these books though the more people I seem to find who really were not feeling these. I guess these are some where you either love em or they rent your thing.

  2. I absolutely LOVED this trilogy!! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it as well. (And I totally agree that Conrad's POV chapters were the best.) Like you said, Jenny Han is amazing at creating such real characters. I'll read anything she'll write.

    Julia Anne @ Peach Print

    1. Yayy! And same, I just want moreeee Jenny Han books

  3. I'm so glad you liked this trilogy! I actually DNFed the first book a while ago because it was a little slow for my tastes, but I've developed a greater appreciation for languid books since then. Maybe I should give it a second shot!

    1. Its too bad to find out lots of people DNF'ed these. I can see why though. Who knows what will happen if you give them that second try though!


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