We are somehow into august and I am yet to review a summer themed contemporary book. how is this possible? I need to rectify that right now. so, here is my review for the Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Well I can 100% see why this book divides people so much. I can see why someone might dislike it. personally, I really wasn’t a big fan of this book. in fact, at times, I actually disliked it. I actually came pretty close to DNFing this book!
Having read and loved the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy I was fully expecting to like this book too. but I did not. I had several issues with it. the first being that it did not feel very original, which is stupid as it was published in 2009, before the big YA boom. It felt like a poor mash up of several other books that I have read. usually I don’t really mind too much when a book feels like a combination of other books but it just didn’t work in this book. It made it feel dull and boring. I was expecting some originality, and I none. This also meant that this book was incredible predictable. You just knew exactly what was going to happen. I had the whole book figured out by the end of the first chapter.
I also really disliked the way that this book was written. It felt very bit-y. the story didn’t flow. It just lurched forward. Each new chapter felt like it was disconnected from the page before. I actually had to re-listen to a whole chapter at one point as I felt like I had skipped part of the story. it just had no flow to it. it stopped and started. And the random flashbacks did not help the situation. 9 times out of 10 they were completely unneeded and added nothing to the story (like all of the Taylor flashbacks) and they just made the story feel even more disjointed. I really think that they were completely unnecessary.
But, my main issue with this book was the characters. I couldn’t stand any of them. none of them had a single redeeming quality in my opinion. I hated Belly. She was shallow and self-centred and immature. She spent the whole book either whining, throwing a tantrum or fucking everyone over. If I hadn’t already disliked her, her treatment of Cam would have made me. She used him and was basically a giant bitch about the whole thing. I honestly could not stand her. she was a bloody child, only thinking of herself! And the rest of the characters weren’t much better. I found Conrad brutish and controlling. And Jeremiah just felt completely flat, there was no depth to him. and the while love triangle (square if you include Cam) was so forced. It was almost cringe worthy.
I can understand why you might like it. its light, its simple, the setting gives me instant summer vibes. In fact, it did make me smile a couple of times, despite the bad. It just was not for me. Clearly. I just had so many issues with it. it is incredibly unlikely that I will bother with the other two books!
2 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read The Summer I Turned Pretty? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.