The Summer I Turned Pretty


The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy

Includes: The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, We’ll Always Have Summer


 Jenny Han

Main Characters:

Isobel Conklin – aka Belly. 

Jeremiah Fisher – younger of the two brothers.

Conrad Fisher – oldest of the two brothers.


The series begins at the begining of the summer Belly turns 16. She arrives at the beach house she, her mother and brother stay at every summer with her mom’s best friend and her sons (Conrad and Jeremiah). Belly has had a crush on Conrad for as long as she can remember but was always left out of the boys plans as she was the only girl. This summer is different because she is finally seen by the Fisher brothers as a girl, not a little sister. She dates, spends time with the guys, and realizes all she missed not being a part of the boys club the summers before.  They all have friends from the town and know people she has never met all her summers at the beach.  She also discovers all is not well in the Fisher family.  This summarizes the first books. I don’t want to give away too much of the later books but they follow Belly as she and the Fisher brothers deal with the loss of a loved one,  her first year at college, her love for both brothers, and then her wedding.


If you’re looking for a heart tugging teen story about first loves, this is a good choice. I personally love a good teen novel though I am well into my 30’s. It brings back memories of crushes and the drama of them! The characters are likeable even despite some stupid decisions. There are so many aspects that I think everyone can relate to! For me, in one part Belly’s brother Steven, Conrad, and Jeremiah pick on a guy Belly is seeing and it makes her not like him as much.  I had that happen but it was my cousin doing it! 


It’s a teen drama so some of the things that happen are blown out of proportion when reading as an adult. But that’s really how teen drama is so it’s not a huge con!


I give this series 4 out of 5 Book Loves because I couldn’t put it down.  It brought out lots of feelings and memories for me! It has a few small flaws but nothing that would stop me from reading it again! 


The Secret Life of Violet Grant


The Secret Life of Violet Grant


Beatriz Williams

Thanks to my model Fisher for being so cute while displaying the book!

Main Characters

Vivian Schuyler – year 1964, fresh out of college and trying to move up the ranks at a Magazine.

Violet Grant – formerly Schuyler.  Year 1912, Violet leaves New York for Europe to study physics.She is Vivian’s unknown Aunt.


The book opens with Vivian receiving a package at the post office where she meets a handsome young doctor.  Once home, she discovers the package is a suitcase with the belongings of a Violet Schuyler found in Switzerland. She then discovers her family (a prevalent New York family) hid the fact that Violet (Vivian’s Aunt) left home to study physics in Europe. It was not accepted for a woman to study and not marry.  

The chapters alternate between Vivian’s researching what happened to her aunt and the ups and downs of her relationship with Dr. Paul, and Violets running off to study, her marriage to her Professor, and then his murder (gasp! Who did it?)


Overall, the book kept me wanting more. I always wanted to get back to the book and find out what happened next. Both women were likeable and had distinct personalities. It was a colorful story set in eras where women were not taken seriously, but both women had their own strengths. 


I don’t have a lot of cons. I really enjoyed this book and plan to read her other book, A Hundred Summers. That said, I felt like the relationship between Vivian and Dr. Paul started strong and exciting, but it quickly got out of hand with the roadblocks they hit. I don’t want to ruin anything so I won’t say more. If I were Vivian, I’d have just been done. It was too much drama, not that Violets relationships didn’t have drama. They had plenty but I had no problem there.


4/5 Book Loves

It was a great read, but had a few things that could have made it better. I’ll probably read it again someday!