by Jenny Han
The Summer I Turned Pretty
It's Not Summer Without You
We'll Always Have Summer
Overall: 5 Stars
After hearing countless wonderful things about this series, I ended up finding them all on sale at a bookstore and not able to resist buying them all. Since it's summer and I had a few days free I decided to get started on the first one. Little did I know at the time I would be spending the next 48 hours reading all three. These books are like potato chips: You can't read just one and go onto a different book. They are perfect for reading back-to-back.
The thing that struck me most was how the author was able to change the voice of each book to correlate with our narrator's (Belly) age. In the first book we can just tell we are getting this from a 15-year-old perspective, but by the last it's clearly being told by a college kid. I though this was so great, but it definitely allowed be to enjoy the 2nd and 3rd books a lot more. The first book was good for me as long as I reminded myself it was a young teenager narrator.
I loved being on this journey with Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah. It was so much fun to watch them grow-up and watch their lives change so much. The first book was just so light and fun, the second one had be almost constantly in tears, and third was an awesome wrap-up, though quite bittersweet. I had such a good two days reading Belly's journey from teenager to young adult and felt such nostalgia for my own days at the beach.
These are whimsical, light, fun, sweet, adorable books perfect for a summer day. I don't want to give to much away because spoilers and because it's so much fun to discover with our three summer kids. I am feeling just a bit sad now that there isn't anymore. These are the kinds of characters and the type of story you miss when it's over.