Summer was what mattered. My whole life was measured in summers. Conrad was the older one, by a year and a half. He was dark, dark, dark. Completely unattainable, unavailable. He had a smirky kind of mouth, and I always found myself staring at it. Smirky mouths make you want to kiss them, to smooth them out and kiss the smirkiness away.
Or maybe not away Make it yours. It was exactly what I wanted to do with Conrad. Make him mine. Jeremiah, though—he was my friend. He was nice to me. He was the kind of boy who still hugged his mother, still wanted to hold her hand even when he was technically too old for it. Jeremiah Fisher was too busy having fun to ever be embarrassed.
I bet Jeremiah was more popular than Conrad at school. I bet the girls liked him better. He would just be quiet, moody Conrad, not a football god. And I liked that. I liked that Conrad preferred to be alone, playing his guitar. Like he was above all the stupid high school stuff. When we finally pulled up to the house, Jeremiah and Conrad were sitting out on the front porch. I leaned over Steven and honked the horn twice, which in our summer language meant, Come help with the bags, stat.
Conrad was eighteen now. He was taller than last summer, if you can believe it. His hair was cut short around his ears and was as dark as ever. When he was younger, it was curly yellow, almost platinum in the summer. Jeremiah hated his curls. For a while, Conrad had him convinced that crusts made your hair curly, so Jeremiah had stopped eating sandwich crusts, and Conrad would polish them off.
As Jeremiah got older, though, his hair was less and less curly and more wavy. I missed his curls. Susannah called him her little angel, and he used to look like one, with his rosy cheeks and yellow curls.
He still had the rosy cheeks. The air smelled salty and wet, like it might rain seawater any second. I pretended to be tying the laces on my sneakers, but really I just wanted a moment to look at them, at the house for a little while, in private. The house was large and gray and white, and it looked like most every other house on the road, but better.
It looked just the way I thought a beach house should look. It looked like home. My mother got out of the car then too. Usually she came flying out of the house the second our car pulled up. My mother walked over to them in about three strides, and she hugged them both, tightly. She disappeared into the house with her sunglasses perched on the top of her head. I got out of the car and slung my bag over my shoulder. But then they did. They really did. Conrad gave me a quick glance-over the way boys do at the mall. He had never looked at me like that before in my whole life. Not once.
I could feel my flush from the car return. Jeremiah, on the other hand, did a double take. All of this happened in the span of about three seconds, but it felt much, much longer.
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Conrad hugged me first, but a faraway kind of hug, careful not to get too close. He smelled like the ocean. He smelled like Conrad. That stung. My contacts are here to stay. His smile did it every time. He knew how self-conscious I was about my freckles and he still teased me every time. Then Jeremiah grabbed me next, and he almost lifted me into the air. I laughed. I got contacts. He smiled. You just look different. We unloaded the car quickly, and as soon as we were done, I picked up my suitcase and my book bag and headed straight for my old bedroom.
It had faded calico wallpaper and a white bedroom set. There was a music box I loved. When you opened it, there was a twirling ballerina that danced to the theme song from Romeo and Juliet, the old-timey version. I kept my jewelry in it. Everything about my room was old and faded, but I loved that about it.
It felt like there might be secrets in the walls, in the four-poster bed, especially in that music box.
Seeing Conrad again, having him look at me that way, I felt like I needed a second to breathe. I grabbed the stuffed polar bear on my dresser and hugged him close to my chest—his name was Junior Mint, Junior for short. I sat down with Junior on my twin bed. My heart was beating so loudly I could hear it. Everything was the same but not. She has spent summers with the Fisher family at Cousins Beach for as long as she can remember.
Belly has always been in love with Conrad, and finally, one fateful summer, it seems like he might have feelings for her, too. But it turns out, so does Jeremiah. Belly soon realizes she has to choose between the two brothers who love her, and in doing so, will have to break one of their hearts. Against the backdrop of growing up, changing family dynamics, laughter and loss comes a poignant and relatable trilogy about a girl learning what it means to love.
The Summer I Turned Pretty begins with a short scene prior to the first chapter. How did you interpret it? Why do you think Jenny Han introduces the book this way? We get a great feel for the house at Cousins Beach in the very first chapter. Describe similar examples of writing craft throughout the book. Your nose is cute. How do you know? How might the story have been different if Jenny Han had written the novel in third person?
Chapters alternate between past and present—between significant memories from earlier summers and current experiences. What purpose do these flashbacks serve? How does the dynamic change when Steven leaves? How might the atmosphere have been different if Mr. Recall a time in your life when you realized you were growing up, and how that felt.
How do these competing scenarios relate to the issues Belly faces? If asked again at the very end of the summer, do you think Belly would stick with her original answer for just decent days? Were you surprised by the direction it took? What were the signs? Did she ever really like him? What stopped her, ultimately, from falling in love with him?
Not that there were any homeless guys on our end of the beach. But if there was, Cam would find him. How did Jenny Han use Taylor to help the reader get to know Belly better? I kept getting caught in this current—first love, I mean. First love kept making me come back to this, to him. He still took my breath away, just being near him. I had been lying to myself the night before, thinking I was free, thinking I had let him go.
Discuss the difference between crushes and love. How might Belly differentiate the two? Susannah jokes about her cancer. What was the effect of this comedic moment on the characters in the novel? How did it affect you, as a reader? Compare and contrast, then come up with a list of qualities for an ideal summer romance!
Discuss the ending. What do you think will happen from here? We learn that Belly and Conrad are not together, and that Susannah has passed away. An opportunity for a deadly weapon. Juliette has never fought for herself before. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic.
Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
Each sister has to fight for it. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown. Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Theo was crowned Ash Princess—a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For ten years Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside. Then, one night, the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable.
With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, she realizes that surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind is sharper than any sword. For ten years, the Ash Princess has seen her land pillaged and her people enslaved. That all ends here. What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only.
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Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. However, in the very moment, Isabella whispers her 'I do', her eyes catch the gl Two brothers. However, in the very moment, Isabella whispers her 'I do', her eyes catch the glimpse of another man. A man whose eyes look unnervingly familiar, and yet, stir a longing within her heart and soul she has never known. When mind and heart do not go hand in hand, can there be a happily ever after?
Get A Copy. More Details Original Title. Forbidden Love Novella 1. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Wrong Brother , please sign up. Sounds interesting, tho I do not usually read those kind of stories. Is it a standalone book? Urielh Yes, you can read it on its own. I liked it! See 2 questions about The Wrong Brother…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. This story was short but it really touched me in such a special way. Isabella is a smart woman that has finally found a man that respects her brain as well as her other features. She is about to take the final step in that relationship when something unexpected happens. What a great book this was. It had such heart. I will keep it as a go to my happy place read. I loved all of the characters.
I can see this family coming back as a sequel. Maybe Bree will consider that. View all 6 comments. Apr 18, Maria Dimitrova rated it liked it Shelves: romance-smut. Let's start with the thing I disliked. The insta-love. I know it's just part of the genre but it's really annoying and at least in my opinion lazy writing. Sure in a novella length story it's the most convenient way but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The rest was good.
Pretty standard for HR but still enjoyable. The predictability is a bonus in this case as it lets your mind relax and unwind which was precisely what I needed. Isabella Carrington decided to marry Charles Dashwood because he is honest and trustworthy. It does not matter that she does not feel a special attraction to him. After all, there is time to fall in love with a husband after the wedding, is it not?
Too bad that soon after she makes her vows, her eyes see for the first time her true love Absolutely delightful! This book was fun, romantic and definitely worth reading. While I was reading I had no idea how the author would solve the crazy situation she had put her characters in, but now that I know what happens in the end, I can say that she was very clever! I loved how everything went and I am happy that Ms.
Love at first sight? Yes, please! You will love it! View all 11 comments. There's not all that much to say about this story.. It was kind of OK and I thought that the interaction between the characters was also kind of OK, but what I do object to, is the insta-love aspect of the story. Twin brothers Charles and Robert were the epitome of how brothers should protect each other and be there for one another and I'm deeply sorry that there wasn't more of this aspect.
But the love side of things if I can even call it that was simply ridiculous. Unless, of course, you bel There's not all that much to say about this story.. Unless, of course, you believe that two people can fall head over heels in love with each other simply by seeing each other across the room and be together happily ever after after having known each other for two days.
This is just a darling, fun, clean, Regency. The author starts the story in "England or a variation thereof " which was just brilliant. Here twin brothers Charles and Robert are discussing their studies. Charles is studious and sober while Robert is wild and bold. Robert lures Charles out to a forbidden adventure promising to study tomorrow; an accident ensues and Robert takes the blame. His bride is a serious, educated, young lady who would be labeled a Blue Stocking if she wasn't so sweet and beautiful.
Their happiness is all but guaranteed. As she exits the Church Isabella spies Robert, with his long hair and dark eyes and falls head over heels in love. And Robert is equally smitten with his brother's beautiful wife. The author contrives the cleverest solution to this problem This is a delightful tale written with Bree's usual flare for intrigue and mystery.
It seems there is no way out but leave it to Bree to find a way for love. I am looking forward to the rest of the series on this unusual theme about twins.
Mar 23, Anna Maria rated it really liked it. I must say that it is not my favourite book that Bree Wolf wrote, but it was well written and the love story was charming! Isabella marries without feeling true love and then she finds a so powerful and strong love with her husband's twin!! What is going to happen when you finally find out what true love is but in the wrong eyes, when eventually you realize what is love from the first sight H I must say that it is not my favourite book that Bree Wolf wrote, but it was well written and the love story was charming! How are you going to live with a Love so powerful burning your inside when you mustn't even consider that this is a possibility?
You must definitely read this book to know what will happen. I hope to read other books of this series. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Friendship, love, fears are present in a mixture that keeps you enthralled until the last page. This is the first book of a new series of Bree Wolf. Lady Isabelle and Charles Dashwood are very good friends and they decided to marry.
A spark is born between them. An intense love filled with grief becaus I received this book in exchange for an honest review. An intense love filled with grief because they do not want to betray the trust of Charles. Eventually they find a solution to their problem that brings joy to everyone but also a mystery that will be interesting to follow. A book that I recommend to everyone.
Bree Wolf can definitely write about emotions. It is a short story, a novella in which you will read almost only about feelings, struggles. And it is done nicely. I like this book. But, I would like it more if there was more action. I mean, it could be a very good historical fiction and a full novel. I read novels which have a fascinating historical background, many plot twists but they are lacking this kind of writing about emotions which Bree Wolf seems to know how to write.
She seems to be ver Bree Wolf can definitely write about emotions. She seems to be very good in creating tension between characters and scene which accelerate your heartbeat. Feb 04, Marivi Sanz rated it really liked it Shelves: e-book , romance , written-by-women , angst , short , historical-romance , novella , insta-love. I'm struggling to adequately rate this short novella.
Amongst the good things, I'd point the writing. I love how Bree Wolf can portray such deep feelings in so short a story. I also loved the characters, both twins, Isabella, and even her sister Adriana. In a little more than pages, we really get to know them, to the point of being both surprised and not surprised at their decisions if that makes any sense. Charles, always doing what he feels right. Robert, always doing what he wants. And I'm struggling to adequately rate this short novella.