The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy – Published 2011
“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.” – Goodreads
WHAT I LIKED
I read the first book in this trilogy after finishing the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy a couple of years ago and loved it, but never came back to the other two really. The second one was on my Kindle for the past two years, and I would read a page or two before I fell asleep, but never really gave it my attention. As part of my May TBR, I committed myself to finishing some books that I’ve started and never finished. Then I binge read books two and three in one day.
Every summer Belly (Isabelle), her mom and brother, Beck (her mom’s best friend) and her two boys meet at Beck’s beach house. They spend the summer there swimming, grilling, and hanging out. I love the bond between the moms and the kids, which is only more intense as Beck becomes more and more sick throughout the years. I love the summery vibe of these books: the house, the beach, the boys.
I adored Conrad throughout the series and Jeremiah in books one and two. Even with all of the drama, love triangles, and lies, I was continuously rooting for Conrad, and even sometimes Jeremiah.
This author has the ability to make you remember what those emotions felt like. While reading these books I could physically feel what that was like, wanting so badly for a boy to see you as something other than a friend or “like a sister”. Ugh! So good (the writing)!
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE
Belly was kind of whiny sometimes, and also immature at times. Jeremiah was really annoying in book three, and I didn’t like him anymore.
Overall, if you’re looking for a simple, quick summer read, this series is great!