The Summer I Turned Pretty
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
(Read December 21, 2019)
It’s Not Summer Without You
Rating : ★ ★ ★ ★
(Read December 26, 2019)
We’ll Always Have Summer
Rating : ★ ★ ★
(Read December 27, 2019)
The Summer Trilogy is about 15 year-old Isabel “Belly” Conklin and the summers she spends at her mother’s best friend’s beach house with her mother and older brother.
It starts with “The Summer I Turned Pretty” which is a mix of flashbacks showing how Belly, as she’s called through the trilogy, spends her summer vacations and the friendships and crushes that grow between her and her mother’s best friend, Susannah’s sons Conrad and Jeremiah.
Conrad is the bad boy of the two while Jeremiah is the goofy/sweet one, naturally Belly is in love with Conrad and has been since she was younger while Jeremiah has developed a bit of a crush on Belly. The first book in the series sets the stage for the summers to follow, showing how much of a staple this beach house is in her life and how important these summers have been for her family.
It’s pretty clear based on the brief synopsis that there will be a love triangle for the length of the series, and there is, between Belly and the two boys. Through life’s ups and downs, loss and first love, we follow Belly as she grows up before our very own eyes.
The series is cute, but a little dated. I can see it fitting in with the time that it was written but today I don’t think it would be as welcomed which kind of makes think of the “To All The Boys…” series since that is heavily reliant, well I don’t want to say reliant, but it leans on a bit of a love triangle while being a coming of age series.
That is what this, it’s a story about first loves and life and finding out who you belong with. At times it’s a bit far fetched and you’re looking at the characters going, “That is nothing like you.”, but that’s life. People change and the things they experience shape them, especially at the age these characters are.
It’s a pretty quick summer read, all of the books around 300 pages and some change and it really took me back to my youth in a few ways. I could relate to Belly, but I’m also old enough to see the slight absurdity to the series. Still, it’s fun.