The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy

Thursday, October 9, 2014

What season does everything happen? Summer, they say.

Isabel “Belly” Conklin spent all her summers at Cousins with her brother, Steven, and her mom’s best friend’s children, Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher. Conrad has always occupied Belly’s heart—he’s her first and great love. Jeremiah, on the other hand, has always been her best friend she’s known forever.

I spent a week at most to go an adventure with all the summers these characters had. Most of the trilogy left me in question who among the Fishermen, as Mr. Fisher would call his sons, would end up with Belly. Would it be the first love or the first kiss?

Jenny Han definitely wrote the entire story quite beautifully with all the twists and turns. The words are structured like an arrow hits its readers with such an impact. And here are a few quotes lifted from the three books:

  • “Sometimes it’s like people are a million times more beautiful to you in your mind. It’s like you see them through a special lens—but maybe if it’s how you see them, that’s how they really are.”
  • “He never looked at me that way before either. I was his pal. His movie-watching partner, the girl he shared a bathroom with, shared secrets with. I wasn’t the girl he kissed.”
  • “You’ve always been my best friend. But now it’s more. I see you more than that.”
  • “I wondered if it was possible to take someone’s pain away with a kiss. Because that was what I wanted to do, take all of his sadness and pour it out of him, comfort him, make the boy I knew come back.”
  • “You think you know love, you think you know real pain, but you don’t. You don’t know anything.”
  • “There are moments in life that you wish with all your heart you could take back. Like, just erase from existence. Like, if you could, you’d erase yourself right out of existence too, just to make that moment not exist.”
  • “There’s the game-changing moment. The one moment everything else hinges upon, but you hardly ever know it at the time. The three-pointer early on in the second quarter that changes up the whole tempo of the game. Wakes people up, brings them back to life.”
  • “We’d known each other our whole lives, and in some ways, it felt like a big surprise—in other ways it felt inevitable.”
  • “He was the first boy I ever kissed. He was my best friend. More and more, I understood. This was the way it was supposed to be. He was the one. My one.”
  • “A fight is like a fire. You think you have it under control, you think you can stop it whenever you want, but before you know it, it’s a living, breathing thing and there’s no controlling it and you were a fool to think you could.”
At the end, there’s a sneak peek to Belly and her husband’s letters. It’s your call to guess who totally won her heart!