Lola Tung as Belly Conklin in The Summer I Turned Pretty
Taylor Swift Debuted Her Next Song In The Summer I Turned Pretty's Teaser

Is this the series of the summer *and* the song of the summer all at once?

by Ani Bundel
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With the success of the To All The Boys trilogy on Netflix, it was only a matter of time before more of Jenny Han's books were scooped up for adaptation. But to fans' surprise, the announcement for more Han rom-coms didn't come from Netflix. Instead, it is Amazon Studios that has swooped in, grabbing the rights to Han's trilogy that came out prior to TATB. These The Summer I Turned Pretty details will get fans excited for a brand new story, this time adapted to series instead of a film trilogy.

The Summer I Turned Pretty was Han's first big hit novel and the start of her first major YA trilogy. Released in 2009, the book series revolves around Isabel "Belly" Conklin and the summers she spends at "Cousin's Beach," with her brother Steven and mother Laurel. Her mom's BFF, Susannah, also spends every summer at the beach with her family, including sons Conrad and Jeremiah. Over the course of three books, a love triangle forms between Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah as she navigates growing up.

The follow up books, It's Not Summer Without You and We'll Always Have Summer were also major bestsellers. This suggests that if The Summer I Turned Pretty is a hit for Amazon, it could run several seasons.

But alas, I'm getting ahead of myself. Here's what's known about the series so far:

The Summer I Turned Pretty Teaser

If The Summer I Turned Pretty wasn’t already going to make a splash this summer, it definitely is now. The series’ trailer, which released on May 5, came complete with a brand-new Taylor Swift track: “This Love (Taylor’s Version).” Han previously confirmed a Swift song would be in the show, and now fans know which one it is.

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In addition to the exciting soundtrack sneak peek, the teaser also serves all the summer vibes, introducing fans to main characters Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah.

The Summer I Turned Pretty First Look Photos

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On March 31, 2022, Amazon released the first photos for The Summer I Turned Pretty, giving fans a good look at Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah’s love triangle and a gorgeous world of endless summer beaches. Here’s Belly and Jeremiah.

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Here’s Belly and Conrad hanging out at the pool at night.

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Fans are going to have to choose sides. Personally, I’m Team Daisy Knit Crop Top.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Plot

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Unlike To All The Boys, which is mainly the story of Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky (OK, with a few distractions), The Summer I Turned Pretty is a genuine love triangle.

As Deadline describes it, Belly "used to be gawky and awkward, but this summer she turns 16 and she is starting to turn heads-and it's taking some getting used to. Conrad Fisher, the boy she's loved forever, the boy who never even looked in her direction-is paying attention to her. It's exhilarating to suddenly be an object of desire...but it's also scary."

But Conrad is only the tip of the iceberg. Belly falls in love with both Conrad and his brother Jeremiah and has serious relationships with both over the three books in the series.

The official synopsis reads: “The Summer I Turned Pretty is a multigenerational drama that hinges on a love triangle between one girl and two brothers, the ever-evolving relationship between mothers and their children, and the enduring power of strong female friendship. It is a coming-of-age story about first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer.”

The Summer I Turned Pretty Cast

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To cast the all-important role of the show's lead, Belly, Amazon went with a brand new talent. On April 29, 2021, the series announced newcomer Lola Tung had landed the part. Christopher Briney (Dali Land) will play Belly's crush, Conrad, and Gavin Casalegno (Hear Me Whisper) plays his brother, Jeremiah

Jackie Chung (Station 19, Grey's Anatomy) plays Laurel, Belly's newly divorced mother. Laurel is a writer who's struggling with writer's block due to the upheaval in their lives. She was all too glad to take up the invitation of her BFF, Susannah, to spend the summer together. Rachel Blanchard (You Me Her) plays Susannah, who also happens to be Conrad and Jeremiah’s mother.

In July 2021, the rest of the ensemble was announced, including Sean Kaufman (Manifest) as Belly’s brother Steven. Others announced include Alfredo Narciso (The Dark Tower), Summer Madison (Teenage Bounty Hunters), David Iacono (The Flight Attendant), Rain Spencer (Good Girl Jane), Tom Everett Scott (La La Land), and newcomer Minnie Mills.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Filming Updates

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On Feb. 8, 2021, Amazon revealed it had greenlit an adaptation of Jenny Han’s YA novel The Summer I Turned Pretty. According to Variety, Amazon gave the show a straight-to-series order, with eight installments. Filming took place on the east coast in North Carolina from May to October 2021.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Release Date

The Summer I Turned Pretty will premiere on Prime Video on June 17, 2022.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 1 will hopefully premiere sometime in 2022 on Prime Video. Season 2 is not yet greenlit. Jenny Han’s other streaming adaptation, To All The Boys, is available on Netflix.

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