My rating: 2 of 5 stars
For me, it was almost like winter didn’t count. Summer was what mattered. My whole life was measured in summers.
With her brother and mother, Belly spends her summer in Cousins Beach ever since she was little. She shares the beach house with Susannah, her mother’s best friend who she adores, and Susannah’s boys – Conrad and Jeremiah. Belly basically grew up with them but then Belly is in love with Conrad. They always treated her as a sister until the summer they saw that Belly has grown up and no longer the little girl that is always left out but a beautiful young woman.
The plot intrigued me immediately. I was always so fond of childhood sweethearts growing up together and eventually falling in love. I also liked how the book is in alternating chapters of the present and a flashback. I really enjoyed the book at first.
However, The Summer I Turned Pretty was too… messy. There were so many conflicts thrown in there which turned the supposedly cute love story in a drama that would make you want to climb into the book and slap the characters in the face. I believe that the internal struggle of falling in love with someone you knew since the beginning of time and keeping it as a secret would have been enough. The drama with the ex-bestfriend, love triangle between brothers, a new boyfriend, smoking problems, divorce of parents and it being their probably last summer together was completely unnecessary.
This book would have been somethng that I would love. But the main character was just so confusing and annoying. The interactions among the characters felt like awkward and out of place from the middle until the end.
I also think that the ending failed to give us any resolution. It might be a strategy to make us buy the second book and I hated books like these.
This book had a lot of potential in it but was ruined by the too-much-effort of entertaining the readers.