The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han

Book Description:

Published: January 1, 2009

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.

Review –

Five stars *****

OMG!!!!!!   This book is amazing!  Not all people will agree, but if you are a fan of YOUNG ADULT literature, as I am, then you will love it. 

Belly (Isabel) has known  Conrad and Jeremiah since she was about 8-10 years old and would spend each summer at the beach at a house with her mother and brother and the boys Mom and Dad.  Over the years she has come to love Conrad who is now 18 to her almost 16 and he’s acting very strange this particular summer. Jeremiah is always there for her in whatever capacity the situation calls for. The reason for Conrad’s unusual behavior, Belly finally finds out, is his parents (who seemly are so perfect) are getting a divorce and on top of that their Mom’s cancer has come back and it’s bad. At the end of the summer Belly proclaims her love to Conrad who rebuffs her and she knows in her heart that he does care for her.

The end of the book takes place in December and Conrad calls Belly at 12:30 am and asks her to meet him at her corner. He has driven 5 1/2 hours from Boston and wants to see her. Belly has to wait until her Mom is sound asleep before she slips out. She does not leave a note.  When she gets into his car, he says “Are we really going to do this” and she says “Yes” and THAT’S IT-THE BOOK ENDS.

I could not believe it!  I had to get up and walk around while wiping tears from my eyes (it’s a tear jerker) and then I found out it’s the first book in the series.  Well, I guess I will have to make a trip to Amazon since my local library doesn’t have it.

I can’t wait to read it.