I read The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, then I checked to see if I was still a man.
This is the type of book I hand to the cashier with the cover facing down. It's the kind of cover the cashier smiles at if the buyer is a teenage girl. But if you happen to be a grown man, you get fingerprinted.
The cover is neat and clean. Well, except for the tall dude on the right giving the, "I'm watching you out of the corner of my eye" creeper look. And yes, there is ONE girl, and TWO boys on the cover. Ugh.
Ok, this is a story for teenage girls. And, after reading it, I can confirm that this is a story for teenage girls.
This is the first YA book in a while that tested my manhood.
This is a tough review for me because this book wasn't written for adult men. I want (so badly) to make fun of it, but I can't. Why? Because I believe most teenage girls will like this story.
The writing style is smooth, but the story itself is a little bland. I found it easy to put the book down and wander around the house aimlessly. I didn't connect with any of the characters. In fact, two of the characters (Conrad and Taylor) were super annoying. I felt like the time spent reading about Belly's brother and the two dads in the story made an already slow pace get even slower.
I wanted to like the main character, Belly, but I just couldn't. She did the one thing that annoys the hell outta me more than anything: she liked the guy that was the biggest dickhead in the story. She had other options. There are TWO boys on the cover.
I'm rating this book on two different scales. On the manly scale it gets a 0 out of 5 testicles. On the "I understand this book is for teenage girls" scale it gets a 3.5 out of 5 best friend necklaces.
I equate reading this book to a nice walk around the block. Nothing exciting or new to see, but hell, anything's better than sitting inside and watching Dance Mom's all day.
I was holding out hope that in the end, Belly would make me like her by doing something I didn't expect. She let me down.
I give credit to Jenny Han for writing for a specific market and having much success.
This one wasn't for me.