As part of my independent reading program, I’m constantly reading middle grades (MG) and young adult (YA) fiction so I can recommend books and discuss them with my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading students. The book I just finished is The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.
This book is part of a trilogy, but I just read the first book. First (and most importantly), the book is totally clean. No sex and I can’t even remember any cursing. The main character, Belly, is 15 and crushing on two brothers, Conrad and Jeremiah, who share a summer house with her. Conrad is very attractive, mysterious, and hard to get. Jeremiah is the sweet, nice, and fun brother.
I found out about this book when one of my 7th grade girls donated it to my classroom library. (The going rate for a book donation is 2 jolly ranchers!) Soon after, others began checking out the book like mad. I now have multiple copies of the trilogy and a waiting list since I can’t keep up with the demand.
I highly recommend this book to any boy-crazy middle school girl in grades 5-8! I picked it up at my local Books-a-Million on the teen bargains shelf for only $2.97.