Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Review: Summer series
The Summer I Turned Pretty
By Jenny Han
Published 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
It's Not Summer Without You
Published 2010 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
We'll Always Have Summer
Published 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
For all of her life, Belly has spent her summers at Cousins Beach in the huge beach house she shares with her mother and brother, and her mother's best friend's family. But everything will change for Belly and her family in one summer.
These are not really the type of books I normally read and, honestly, this series was not on my radar at all. However, at my first ALA Annual conference, I received free finished copies of both the second and third book in the series. So, when I went on vacation this summer, it seemed like a good time to give the books a shot (I borrowed the first from my library).
But, I have to admit that these books were pretty much exactly what I expected them to be. Summer reads - light, thoughtless, quick, easy. The writing is practical (which I'm not sure is a compliment) and, though Han tries to deal with some tough stuff, ultimately as my boyfriend said, it's a romance. I would not be surprised to find these books very popular with teen women.
Thanks to the publisher for finished copies of It's Not Summer Without You and We'll Always Have Summer.