The story centres on Belly who catches the attention of boys during her annual time at her family friends’ beach house during one summer. Her crush on Conrad starts to grow stronger while his brother Jeremiah develops strong feelings for her. But she gets mixed signals from them as they still treat her like a sister every now and then.
There’s never a dull moment in this book. Everything’s fast paced and every scene is important and leaves you hanging. The relationships between Belly and Conrad, and Belly and Jeremiah are well-developed and…very intimate that I felt like I’m intruding in on something special.
I liked how the book explores changing relationships as part of growing up, Belly owning up her mistakes – she’s flawed and doesn’t see it. As for downsides, the plot twist and the big mystery surrounding Conrad weren’t what I expected because it was quite obvious, even mentioned in passing.
Anyway, in the end, I felt all gooey and just *heart eyes*. If you’re looking for a light read or young love, then read The Summer I Turned Pretty.