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The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

For Ages: 12 and up
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Belly’s never been the kind of girl that things happen to. Year after year, she’s spent her summers at the beach house with Conrad and Jeremiah. The boys never noticed Belly noticing them. And every summer she hoped it would be different. This time, it was. But the summer Belly turned pretty was the summer that changed everything. For better, and for worse.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416968238 | 
  • May 2009 | 
  • Grades 7 and up | 
  • Lexile HL600
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Author Jenny Han Talks About Her New Novel The Summer I Turned Pretty

Now available in paperback, the story of an unforgettable summer.

Reading Group Guide

A Reading Group Guide to

The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy

by Jenny Han

ABOUT THE BOOKS

For Belly, summertime means all her favorite things: swimming, the beach, and the Fisher boys, Conrad and Jeremiah. She has spent summers with the Fisher family at Cousins Beach for as long as she can remember. Belly has always been in love with Conrad, and finally, one fateful summer, it seems like he might have feelings for her, too. But it turns out, so does Jeremiah.

Belly soon realizes she has to choose between the two brothers who love her, and in doing so, will have to break one of their hearts.

Against the backdrop of growing up, changing family dynamics, laughter and loss comes a poignant and relatable trilogy about a girl learning what it means to love.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Discussion Questions

1. The Summer I Turned Pretty begins with a short scene prior to the first chapter. How did you interpret it? Why do you think Jenny Han introduces the book this way?

2. We get a great feel for the house at Cousins Beach in the very first chapter. How does Jenny Han use all five senses to describe the novel’s setting? Describe similar examples of writing craft throughout the book.

3. What does “pretty” mean, with respect to the title of the book? How would Belly define “pretty”? How do you< see more

About the Author

Jenny Han
Photograph © Adam Krause

Jenny Han

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.

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