Belly has an unforgettable summer in this stunning start to the Summer I Turned Pretty series from the New York Times bestselling author of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (soon to be a major motion picture!), Jenny Han.
Belly’s never been the kind of girl that things happen to. Year after year, she’s spent her summers at the beach house with Conrad and Jeremiah. The boys never noticed Belly noticing them. And every summer she hoped it would be different. This time, it was. But the summer Belly turned pretty was the summer that changed everything. For better, and for worse.
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During her family’s beach-house summers, Belly has always been treated like the tagalong little kid playing in the sand. Skinny and awkward, she’s left out, teased, or ignored by the teens a year or two older than her. But the summer Belly turns sixteen, all that changes. Will she choose moody, confusing, sometimes cruel Conrad or fun, thoughtful Jeremiah? If you loved Jenny Han’s utterly charming To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you should pick up this first in a trilogy about what happens when what grade you’re in starts to matter a little less.
A group of Afghan girls are introduced to soccer American-style in this subtly composed, eye-opening tale of cultural clash and transformation. The author the director of the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange whose own family emigrated from Kabul to Connecticut when the Soviet-backed coup took over the country in 1978 first sponsored eight Afghan girls to come to America to play soccer for six weeks in 2004. Having been grouped informally as a team only recently back in Afghanistan, where girls were rarely encouraged to play sports, the girls spent six weeks at soccer camps in America in Washington, D.C.; Connecticut; and Cleveland playing soccer publicly for the first time. Ayub's account explores the diverse stories of the eight girls, who had lived through the recent nightmare era of the Taliban and in some cases were prohibited from attending school; excited and a little frightened by the attention they garnered in America, the eight girls ranging from 10 to 16 then had to return to their humble, war-town families with the hope they could use their newfound leadership skills to teach others.
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Some books just can't be topped. Every time I read it I get butterflies and cry and laugh along with it the whole time. I just can't believe a book could make me feel like this does. Read the book, it will change your life. Thank you Jenny Han and most of all Belly.
omg every girl 13-19 should read this book it has love, life, and friendship! I absolutely loved it! can't wait to read the next one!
I dnt really cry during books ,but something really made me connect during this book! I balled doing it! It is one of my favs now! I personally think lots of young girls like myself can really picture our self in her spot(: cnt wait to read the final book!