The Summer I Turned Pretty Review: Lola Tung Faces a Complicated Yet Relatable Love Triangle

To All The Boys star, Jenny Han, is back again to offer us yet another romantic drama that will stick with us for a long time. Created by Jenny Han and Gabrielle Stanton, The Summer I Turned Pretty is based on the book series by Han of the same name. The coming-of-age story stars Lola Tung as Belly- our protagonist along with Jackie Chung as Laurel, Rachel Blanchard as Susannah, Christopher Briney as Conrad, Gavin Casalegno as Jeremiah, Sean Kaufman as Steven, Alfredo Narciso as Cleveland, Minnie Mills as Shayla, Colin Ferguson as John Conklin and Tom Everett Scott as Adam Fisher.

Han, Stanton, and Karen Rosenfelt serve as Executive Producers along with Hope Hartman, Mads Hansen and Nne Ebong for wiip. The show is a co-production of Amazon Studios and wiip. The series consists of seven episodes each 40-50 minutes long.

– Amazon Prime Video’s The Summer I Turned Pretty Review Does Not Contain Spoilers –

The Summer I Turned Pretty: A Summer Romance That Keeps You Guessing

The Summer I Turned Pretty introduces us to Belly, a 16-year-old girl who has all her life left like a side character in everybody’s story. The highlight of her years is spending her summer at Cousins with the Fisher family which includes brothers- Conrad and Jeremiah Fisher and their mother Susannah Fisher, who happens to be Belly’s mother, Laurel’s best friend.

The series takes us to Belly’s sixteenth birthday summer at Cousins when brothers Conrad and Jeremiah start noticing her as more than just a friend. Belly has always had a thing for Conrad but, this summer things are not the same as Jeremiah Fisher too shows enough interest for Belly to reconsider her feelings. Stuck in this love triangle, Belly’s teenage heart goes through a ton of emotions before landing its feet on the one she truly wants.

The Summer I Turned Pretty takes us through a myriad of emotions where we see Belly’s venture into the adolescent world along with the other characters struggling with their own set of problems. The series devours us with the complexities of life but, does not make them unreachable.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty: The Friendships That Win Us Over

On the surface, The Summer I Turned Pretty follows a pretty generic plotline. If you are a Jenny Han fan, the main story of Belly and her trouble between picking one out of the two brothers should not come as a surprise. So, what is it that makes the story unique and something to root for? The friendships, of course!

Along with the coming of age theme, where we witness the struggles of young Belly, Jeremiah, Conrad and Steve, the story never misses us to give a glimpse of friendship that will melt our hearts. Laurel and Susannah’s friendship is probably the most beautiful thing about the show, given how different yet compatible the two are. The same goes for the friendship Belly shares with Taylor, which might look surface level at the beginning but, really sinks its claws deep in you until the end of the series.

However, it is Clevland and Conrad’s unprecedented kinship that lights up the screen. Conrad is a mysterious, lonely character yet in his time with Clevland, he is able to truly face his inner demons. This only reflects how sometimes it is easier to lean on the shoulder of a stranger than on a friend or a family member.

The Summer I Turned Pretty: Final Verdict

Overall, The Summer I Turned Pretty hits it right in the ballpark when it comes to being a romantic drama dipped in the essence of a coming-of-age narrative. The only drawback could be how Jeremiah’s character does not get enough screen time to establish his love for Belly before the latter comes to know about his feelings, making it almost look forced. Also, Conrad’s emotions don’t feel completely explored and, are often left with an absurd opening.

But, looking at the good things which include the beach-vibe cinematography, the oh-so-amazing-music and interpersonal relationships that all end up teaching a lesson, The Summer I Turned Pretty is a sweet, cute and complex watch to understand both the young and old. The show is set to release on Amazon Prime Video on June 17, 2022.

You can watch it, here.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty is another Jenny Han story that people are going to fall for.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Review: Lola Tung Faces a Complicated Yet Relatable Love TriangleThe Summer I Turned Pretty is another Jenny Han story that people are going to fall for.