Book Title: The Summer I Turned Pretty
Author: Jenny Han
Publish Date: May 5, 2009
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Similar Author/Books: I think her writing style was very similar to Sarah Dessen's writing style.
Plot: Much like the last Sarah Dessen novel that I began reading (That Summer), I thought that there was a severe lack of plot throughout the book, but nonetheless there was more of a plot than in That Summer. Belly, the main female character, measures her life in her summer and the events that happen in the summers. She vacations at a beach house every summer with her mom, her mom's friend (Susannah), and Susannah's two sons, Conrad and Jeremiah.
Why I Read this Book: It seemed like ti would be an interesting YA romance novel.
Overall Thoughts: I did not enjoy the book very much and I am not really sure why I desired to finish it. I did not think that there was much of a plot and there were subjects that were mentioned throughout the novel that I did not like (see dislikes, below).
In Depth Analysis
Characters: The characters were pretty well developed.
Writing Style: The story kept going from current events to past events and then back to current events. I think this is a wonderful idea, but it was not employed very well. I do not think there was much of a plot to this book either.
Likes: The characters were interesting.
Dislikes: The story was not very entertaining with a lack of plot. The writing style was dull. Illegal drugs were mentioned and underage drinking occurred in the book. There were also a few sexual references.
Recommended Reading Age: I would recommend that the reader be at least 16 due to alcohol, drug, and sexual references.
Overall Rating: 2/5