The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

TitleThe Summer I Turned Pretty

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Date of Publication:May 5th, 2009

Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages:Hardcover, 276 pages

Summary: 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 terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along


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I bought the whole series in one book a while ago because I thought it would be worth it. Sadly, the book was not worth the hype.

This review is going to be hard to write because I read the whole series in a short amount of time and since the books were all slammed into one book, I am having a hard time separating details from each book. The Summer I Turned Pretty takes place over the span of a summer. However, there were many random flashbacks that occurred without warning. It was confusing when trying to find out whether the events were occurring now or in the past.

The basis of the story is that Belly returns to her beach house one summer and is pretty. Her mom’s friend’s sons are shocked to see that the Belly that they grew up with was now beautiful. Because of her newly found beauty, the sons, Conrad and Jeremiah, develop feelings for Belly. Belly now has to choose between her lifelong crush, Conrad, and her best friend, Jeremiah.

This book was not one of my favorites. First off, the characters weren’t likable. Our main character, Belly, is a horrible person. Also, do not tell me she is relatable as a teenager because I am a teenager and she is still horrible. Do you need reasons why?

  1. She spends most of the book being selfish and rude. She brings her friend to her shore house and then gets mad at her for liking both boys. Newsflash, you can’t have both boys, Belly! Also, she’s terrible to the people she “loves”. She constantly freaks out on all of them as if she never does anything wrong. She is an emotionally weak character.
  2. Belly obsesses over Conrad, a boy who has shown no interest in her and lacks a personality, for most of her life. She revolved her life around a guy who seemed to not care for her. It was so pathetic.
  3. She annoyed me in so many ways. Whenever she was not included in things, Belly would whine and complain. Also, she always threatened to tattle-tale. Belly wanted to be treated as an adult, but she acted like a helpless child.
  4. SHE WAS SO INSENSITIVE!!! All she cared about was herself. Her comments about other people’s problems were obnoxious. 
  5. Finally, Belly was extremely superficial. Half of the time, Belly would mention how pretty she had become. Also, it seemed like every male in the entire world was attracted to her. I hate when authors make their character seem like everyone’s prized object. Honesty, Belly was too annoying to have all those guys attracted to her.

Next, Conrad was extremely moody. He was supposed to be described as a dark and dreamy love interest. Sadly, he was a helpless asshole who only cared about himself. The children had to always help Conrad despite him being the oldest.

Another thing that I did not enjoy was how superficial the book was. I feel that the message in this story was that if you are pretty then everyone will be attracted to you. Basically, the message says that being pretty is everything. Not a very good message for teenage girls.

Though I did not like this book, I enjoyed a few things. The relationship between the mom and Susannah was adorable. I felt that their bond was expressed very well. I also liked the setting and beach vibe.

Overall, I would not recommend. The good did not outweigh the bad.

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Bookcon Prep: THREE WEEKS UNTIL BOOKCON

IT’S. THREE. WEEK. UNTIL. BOOKCON!!!!!

I am so excited for Bookcon. When I first attended the event last year, I felt like I was in a book heaven! This year, I hope it will make me just as happy.

Bookcon is not the easiest event to plan for. Everyday, new authors and events are added on to the Bookcon website. Also, parts of the events are confusing and the volunteers only know as much as we do. In order to have an amazing event,  you must plan ahead!!!!!

THREE WEEKS BEFORE BOOKCON CHECKLIST

  1. Have a list of authors that you may want to see. See how I did not say schedule? Bookcon is constantly adding more authors so it is better to make a general list of people that you would want to meet. Also, do not worry about things overlapping on your list, the other things that are conflicts with the main thing that you want to see are backups. For your list, make sure you have the event or author’s name, the time, and where it is located listed on the paper. Keep updating the list as more authors are added.  
  2. Download the Bookcon app.  The app is where you will find other attendees. Also, the app is active all year round. We usually talk about books and events in NYC. However, right now, a lot of people are talking about Chicago Bookcon. I suggest starting to use the app now. We are all planning meet ups and group texts on the app right now. 
  3. Write down the ARCs and new releases that you want to find there. Any ARCs that you want to get? Write down the book and publisher to keep your eye out for them at Bookcon. 
  4. If you are a blogger, booktuber, editor, publicist, etc., order you business cards now! Business cards are essential if you want to spread the word about your business at events. They often take a while to create and print so order them now. 

So that’s all the prep that you need for this week. I’ll post another prep article next week. Which authors do you want to meet at Bookcon?

My Top Five Favorite Young Adult Book Quotes

Lately, I have been using my favorite book quotes in everyday life. This has actually made me start to like the quotes more than I did before. Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite quotes. I may make a series out of this for my blog. Let me know in the comments if I should continue these posts.

  1. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.-Rainbow Rowell 
  2. You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.-John Green
  3. Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.-Gayle Forman
  4. Funny, how it took a little bit of pain to remember that certain parts of yourself were alive.-Adi Alsaid
  5. Since I was young, I have always known this:life damages us, everyone. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.-Veronica Roth

Let me know in the comments what quotes are your favorite!

Bookcon for Beginners!!

As many of you readers know, the greatest event of the year is coming up: Bookcon!!!!! The event is filled with ARCs, signings, panels, and much more. It is basically a reader’s paradise!

However, despite all the amazing qualities of the event, The event is still a bit tricky to figure out. If you walk into the event without any tips, you may walk out unsatisfied. This event is only three years old. Bookcon is still trying to improve as a convention. There are some faults with the convention. It is a little disorganized, the crowds can get huge, the autograph lines can fill up hours in advance, and it seems like all the volunteers have a different understanding of what’s happening at the event. Overall, it can be very frustrating. However, if you follow these tips, you will be able to have an enjoyable convention.

BRING A ROLLING BAG!!!!

If there is anything that you get out of this post, bring a rolling bag. Yes, you are not allowed to bring the rolling bag onto the show floor, but that’s what coat check is for! Once you get a few books, you can always go and place them in your bag.

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Within the first ten minutes of waiting in line before the convention even started.

You may feel that you will be fine without a rolling bag (I was like that last year), I promise you that you’ll regret it. In the first ten minutes of Bookcon, mostly because I was a VIP, I received two tote bags and six ARCs. I was so excited that I was unaware of the pain that would lie ahead. Because I stayed near the booths, my mom and I ended up carrying FIFTY book in tote bags and it was only the first day. I had bruises all down my arm because of the pain of carrying those heavy books for the whole day. Not to mention, I had to walk back to the hotel while holding the bags. IT WAS PAINFUL!!!!

Do not over plan!!

I did this, too. I thought that I could be at five places at one time. Unfortunately, I was completely wrong. I am going to state the sad truth, you will not make it to half of your events if you over plan. For autographing area signings, you have to be in line AT LEAST an hour before it starts. It does not matter whether you but a book or not. Despite Bookcon stating that you need a book purchase, a purchased book does not mean that you will be able to get it signed. So, if you are planning on buying a book and showing up ten minutes before the signing, you have a slim chance of that happening.

Also, unless you are a VIP, you need to be super early for popular panels in order to get good seats. Panels are first come first serve! VIPs, you get first to pick for seats as long as you stand in line twenty minutes prior.

To be honest, I ditched my schedule and spent most of my Bookcon at the booths. You receive way more free stuff at booths and you can still go to signings that you don’t have to wait in line for hours. Spend a lot of time at booths!

Arrive at Bookcon really early!!

If a person really wants to attend a signing, regular ticket holders should arrive a few hours in advance. Why? You get wristbands at the beginning of the day for autograph area signings. Also, you may get some cool stuff while waiting. VIPs should arrive an hour early. The closer you are to the front of the line, the faster you get into the show floor.

DO NOT CUT LINES!!!!!!

If there is one thing that I despise, it is line cutters. And if you happen to have a habit of cutting lines, you better not do it around me. I will call you out in front of the whole convention center. And since Bookcon has a strict rule against cutting lines, you will be asked to leave. I do not care to hear your reasoning for cutting lines. If I see you cut, I will not hesitate to call you out.

Stay at the Show Floor

So, you can either spend your whole day waiting in line for signings at the autographing area, or you can spend you day receiving many books and having to only waste thirty minutes in line at booth signings. The show area is incredible. Last year, I spent the whole day there and received over 100 books!

Socialize While Waiting

In all honesty, you will spend half of your day in lines. It could go both ways: it could either be terrible or you could make the most of it and talk to fellow bookworms. You are going to be surrounded by bookworms, make friends!!

Wear Comfy Clothes

You will be walking……A LOT! You want to wear shows and clothes that won’t make you in pain.

Do Not Bring Every Book From Every Author You Want To Meet!

You will regret it. You will have to carry those books with you for the whole day. Bring only the ones that you desperately want to get signed.

Bookcon Checklist

  1. Book money!!!! Books are sold at Barnes and Noble price. If you want five hard cover novels, then bring around $110. A lot of booths give out free books so you really don’t need to buy many books.
  2. Lunch money. Lunch is pretty pricey at convention centers.
  3. Your ticket!!!!! It is the only way you will be allowed inside.
  4. A lanyard for your ticket!! You should wear your badge at ALL TIMES!
  5. One tote bag. You will get more but you want to bring one to hold your books until you find more totes.
  6. Rolling bag!!
  7. Snacks!
  8. Some books that you want to get signed.
  9. A list or schedule of who you want to meet.
  10. Business cards if you are a blogger, booktuber, author, publiser, etc.

 

Bookcon FAQs

  • Will they post a map of the show floor? Yes, but the maps aren’t that great.
  • How early should I arrive at the convention center? Two hours before or earlier. The earlier you arrive, the better chance you have at getting wristbands for everything you want to see.
  • How early should I arrive for panels and signings? In booth signings: a half and hour. Autographing area and panels: an hour and a half or earlier.
  • Will there be food to buy there? Yes, but it will be pretty pricey.
  • Will it be okay to bring a backpack with me? Yes, But I recommend bringing a rolling bag and putting it in coat check.
  • Do you need to buy books for signings at Bookcon? Only if it says that you do on the details of the signing.

The Candy Book Tag

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This tag was created by Bookish Serendipity. I was nominated by Books With Lucy. I love candy so I can’t wait to do this tag!

Guidelines:
  • When you are tagged, please thank the blogger who tagged you!
  • No one is obligated to participate, even if they are tagged.
  • If you decide to participate, answer the questions and then tag 5 other bloggers.
  • Please notify the people you’ve selected when they are tagged!I

1. Apples:
Ah. Healthy food. It is deep, meaningful, and probably won a lot of awards but, um, it really isn’t your thing.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas– I DNF this book. Nothing about the story held my attention long enough for me to continue reading. Overall, I was not a fan.

2.Black Jellybeans:
WHY DO THESE EXIST?
Immortal Embrace by Charlotte Blackwell– This book was not something I prefer to read. My full opinion is here.

3. Chocolate Kisses:
Aww…this novel had the best romance.
Shatter Me (Series) by Tahereh Mafi– The romance builds throughout the series. The first book is not the best, but the final book was amazing!!! Warnette for life!

4. Gummy Spiders
Eek! You made sure to check under your bed every night for a week after reading this scary one.
I read a little bit of horror but the books that I have read weren’t that scary. Comment below some of the scariest YA books that you’ve read.

5. Jumbo Lollypop
This took you forever to get through, but hey! You did it!

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid- I did not enjoy this book as much as Let’s Get Lost. The story was a very slow read. Most of my reader friends took long breaks while reading this book (I did, too). The ending was good, though!

6. Cotton Candy:
Admit it, you loved this when you were younger (you probably still do). Think: children’s or MG fiction.
Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schacher– This book was my favorite when I was younger! I love how cute it is. Also, my cat is just like Skippyjon Jones!

This tag was extremely fun to do! I hope you all liked my choices.

I nominate:

  1. YA Indulgences
  2. The Petite Book Blogger
  3. Always Opinionated
  4. Emily Reads Everything
  5. Viva La Book Life