Today is world book day, its a day where children dress up as their favourite book characters and adults share their love for books. For my February book post, I decided to wait until to day and share with you my all time favourite book, or should I say book trilogy. Reading is something I have always enjoyed and over the years I have accumulated a lot of favourite books, however, the series I want to talk about steps out above all these. This series is The summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han.
The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han, is a beautifully written story which never fails to make me laugh or cry. Regardless of how many times I re-read the books it always manages to keep me hooked. The trilogy follows a teenage girl called Isabel aka ‘Belly’ Conklin, and follows her life past and present spent at Cousin’s Beach house, alongside her mum and brother Steven. This house is owned by the Fishers, Susannah and her two sons, Jeremiah and Conrad.
The blurb for the first instalment of the triliogy reads:
Everything that happened this past summer, and every summer before it, has all led up to this. To now.
Every year Isabel spends a perfect summer at her family friends’ house. There’s the swimming pool at night, the private stretch of sandy beach . . . and the two boys. Unavailable, aloof Conrad – who she’s been in love with forever – and friendly, relaxed Jeremiah, the only one who’s ever really paid her any attention.
But this year something is different. They seem to have noticed her for the first time. It’s going to be an amazing summer – and one she’ll never forget . . .
Whilst I don’t want to give too much away, I will say that there is so much more to this story and the second book in particular broke my heart. It was such an emotive trilogy that showed love, grief and coming of age in such a realistic way. It follows Belly, right from childhood, through college and ends with her entering childhood. It shows the effects of cancer on a family, how friendships fall apart and how we often get swept into a moment without truly considering what we want. So in this sense, Jenny Han, makes the story super relate-able to all readers,
When I first read this book, I was very much at the same age Belly is at the beginning of the series. I was very naive, I fell hard for the wrong guys and it was a time where boys were starting to pay attention to me, so in this sense I instantly connected to the story. From the very start I related to Belly’s story and instantly fell in love with the idea of Conrad. (Team Conrad all the way, sorry Jeremiah fans.) Belly makes many mistakes but that’s what makes the books so different from your typical everyday teen romance novel, this one is realistic. I could say so much about these books, but honestly they speak for themselves.
Here is one of my favourite quotes from the book:
I had been lying to myself, thinking I was free, thinking I had let him go. It didn’t matter what he said or did, I’d never let him go.
Jenny Han is such a wonderful author and I highly recommend any of her novels, especially The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy. If you haven’t read it please do, you will get hooked from the first page and I would really like to know whether people are Team Conrad or Team Jeremiah. That is all for this post, I’m off to make myself a hot chocolate and re-read Belly’s story.
Happy World Book Day guys.