'The Summer I Turned Pretty' books in order make the perfect beach read

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Belly's caught in a brotherly love triangle, and we're having a hard time pulling away from YA's favorite protagonist.  

Now that The Summer I Turned Pretty has hit small screens, fans are not only anxious for the arrival of season 2, but to relive Belly's tale in its original format. Fortunately, Jenny Han's novels pair perfectly with sunshine and sand.

If you have yet to read the bestselling trio or simply want to get reacquainted with the characters, we'll tell you how to read The Summer I Turned Pretty books in order from start to finish. No need for bookmarks—you won't be able to put this series down.

And if you breeze through those reads as quickly as you did the Amazon series, bookmark our favorite books like The Summer I Turned Pretty and make time to check out shows like The Summer I Turned Pretty

It's Belly's world, folks, we're just living in it.

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'The Summer I Turned Pretty' books in order

Head over to Cousins Beach for a dose of relaxation, romance and of course, confusion. As any good YA novel would have it, emotions run high and the answers aren't always obvious. 

"To me, it means stepping into your own power. I think it's a moment of coming of age, of growing up," author Jenny Han said of her series on CBS Mornings (opens in new tab)

We're ready to experience it all alongside Belly.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
RRP:
 $9.99, £16.54

Belly looks forward to the summer all year. It's the time of year when she and her family head to Cousins Beach alongside Susannah, her mother's best friend, and Susannah's two boys, Jeremiah and Conrad. Though the annual visit is something Belly's accustomed to, what happens when her feelings for the Fisher brothers change, and vice versa? What happens when tragedy looms over the promise of a perfect summer? We're about to find out.  


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It's Not Summer Without You by Jenny Han
RRP:
 $9.44, £4.99

This is perhaps the only time Belly can recall not looking forward to the summer. Susannah has become sick and exploring new territory with Jeremiah and Conrad did not come without consequences. But when Jeremiah reveals to Belly that his brother has gone missing, she realizes they need to find their way back to the place they call home for three months.


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We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
RRP:
 $9.39, £6.84

Belly has always loved Jeremiah and Conrad, but only one of the Fischer boys could be her match. Summers aren't typically difficult, but when you're forced to choose the love of your life and break someone's heart in one foul swoop, things are likely to feel a little bleak.


According to WCET News 6 (opens in new tab), the show's production crew has put up permits throughout Wilmington, North Carolina, and they'll begin shooting season 2 in mid-July. That means you'll have plenty of time to read the books—and binge the debut season—ahead of the story's next chapter.

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 


The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  


Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 


When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)