July Book Club Review

Earlier this month, I stumbled upon The Book Club run by MK, Kaylee, and Aubrey. Each month the members vote on a book to read, read the book, and then post up a review about it on the last Friday of the month. I thought this sounded like a fun idea, so I joined up. This month’s book was:

The Summer I Turned Pretty

by Jenny Han

The Summer I Turned PrettyI was on the wait-list at the library for this right up until yesterday. Luckily, it’s a fairly short and quick read. Unfortunately, it’s not one I would recommend. It follows the narrator, Belly (Isabel), through the summer she turns 16, with flashbacks to previous summers at various ages. Her family always spends the summer at a beach house with her mom’s best friend’s family, and in particular the two boys who are like brothers to her until, inevitably, they’re not. There are some interesting dynamics between all of the characters, but overall this book was pretty shallow. The serious moments where divorce or cancer are mentioned feel like afterthoughts, and really this book is just about a girl unable to make up her mind between boys and being rather annoying about it. Belly (which is a ridiculous nickname, and I can’t believe any self-respecting 16 year old would allow herself to be called that) overuses ‘like’, throws tantrums or cries when she doesn’t get her way, and is generally completely oblivious to anything except her own budding love life. Which, to be fair, is a pretty accurate depiction of most 15-16 year old girls. I just kept hoping there was something more to her, or we would see some sort of journey to maturity. But in the end this is neither a good coming of age story or a good love story. It’s just fluff.

I hope future Book Club choices have a bit more mettle to them.

I give it 2.5/5 stars.


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The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)



  1. Thanks for linking up! I agree! I wasn’t a big fan either! I wasn’t very excited about this book when the vote showed it won – its not my style, but I figured I might end up likening something I thought I did’t – but unfortunately this wasn’t the case! You can help vote in the book for August currently on Kaylees blog! 🙂 thanks again for being a part of the book club this month!! 🙂

  2. I understand your frustration with this novel! I read this and although it was a fairly enjoyable read I was not really a fan of Belly (ikr what a odd nickname!), because of this I never really got attached or into the book. Great review btw:)