The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty

For Ages: 12 and up
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Some summers are just destined to be pretty

Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer -- they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one wonderful and terrible summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416968290 | 
  • April 2010 | 
  • 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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