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Before the first season of Jenny Han’s bestselling book trilogy The Summer I Turned Pretty could premiere in 2022, Amazon Studios had already picked up the series for a second season. If you were a fan of Season 1, you no longer have to wait with bated breath, as Prime Video announced Season 2 will premiere on July 14, 2023.

Although Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was adapted first, The Summer I Turned Pretty came first in terms of novels. The books, which came out in 2009, 2010, and 2011, follow the inner thoughts of Belly during what should have been a regular summer at Cousins Beach with her mom, her brother, her mom’s best friend, Susannah, and Susannah’s two kids, Jeremiah and Conrad. However, Belly grew up a lot since their last summer together, and desire starts to play a complicated role in the relationships between Belly and her friends.

The book series is beloved for satisfying that YA romance itch and depicting the beautiful female friendship between the two moms, Laurel and Susannah. The books also distinctly capture the complex emotions of young relationships when older kids lord their power over younger ones and puberty changes everything. Fans of the books hope the adaptation does justice to these characters’ plot lines, especially since Han is an executive producer of the series. Here’s everything you need to know about The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2, including the trailer, cast updates, a release date timeline, and first-look images.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 Plot

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Although there are no details yet on exactly what the second season will cover, it will be focused on the content of the second book in Han’s series: It’s Not Summer Without You. This more mature and intense novel follows Belly and Jeremiah trying to find Conrad at Cousins Beach after he goes MIA, all the while adjusting to a new normal following Susannah’s illness.

Han is also excited about continuing her characters’ stories on screen. In a press release shared with Elite Daily about the second season, Han said, “When I decided to adapt Summer for television, I knew we’d need more than one season to honor the story we are telling.”

The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 Cast

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The first photo from Season 2 filming confirmed Lola Tung would return as Belly. True to Han’s second book, this upcoming season will have practically all the same characters as the first installment. That includes Christopher Briney as Conrad, Gavin Casalegno as Jeremiah, Sean Kaufman as Steven, and Rain Spencer as Taylor.

There will also be some recurring and new faces in the mix. Jackie Chung, who plays Belly’s mom Laurel, and Rachel Blanchard, who plays Conrad and Jeremiah’s mom Susannah, will return to the Prime screen. Also, David Iacono will coast back with the Cousin Crew as Cameron. As for newcomers, Elsie Fisher will play a new character named Skye. The Closer’s Kyra Sedgwick will also hop on board; however, details about her character have not been revealed.

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The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 Trailer

It looks like this summer is for the Swifties — and drama, of course. On June 29, Prime Video shared a first taste of Taylor Swift’s upcoming Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) album in the show’s official trailer. Specifically, the video featured a snippet of Swift’s rerecorded ballad “Back to December,” which is a fitting tune considering viewers are getting a deeper glimpse of Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah’s complicated relationship.

Swift also shared the trailer on Twitter with the caption, “Crying (Taylor’s Version).” That’s not all, though. The emotive trailer also opened with Swift’s Folklore gem, “August.” Swifties know her woodsy efforts (including Evermore) are filled with bittersweet one-liners about romance, so it’s only right the trailer keeps up with that aura, too.

“August” also appeared in the show’s teaser trailer, which originally dropped on June 8. As the track’s chords swell, fans are following Belly and Conrad’s relationship. They share a brief kiss, which only solidifies their love confessions at the end of the first season, before more melodramatics ensue. Think high school graduations, thrilling moments at a carnival, tears, and fist fights.

The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2 Release Date & Episode Themes

The series will arrive sooner than later. On May 5, the main cast announced its launch date in a behind-the-scenes look of Season 2. From the lighthearted video, it appears the new season of The Summer I Turned Pretty will have a different release flow than season one. Instead of premiering all at once (sorry to the marathon-watchers), the second season will launch three episodes on July 14 and then follow with weekly episodes until the season finale on Aug. 18.

The same day, the cast also revealed all eight episode titles for Season 2. Clearly, love will be on the brain this summer.

  1. Episode 201 – “Love Lost” (Premiering July 14, 2023)
  2. Episode 202 – “Love Scene” (Premiering July 14, 2023)
  3. Episode 203 – “Love Sick” (Premiering July 14, 2023)
  4. Episode 204 – “Love Game” (Premiering July 21, 2023)
  5. Episode 205 – “Love Fool” (Premiering July 28, 2023)
  6. Episode 206 – “Love Fest” (Premiering August 4, 2023)
  7. Episode 207 – “Love Affair” (Premiering August 11, 2023)
  8. Episode 208 – “Love Triangle” (Premiering August 18, 2023)

First Look Images Of The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2

On May 31, Amazon Studios released several first-look images of Season 2. By the looks of these sneak peeks, it’s clear that Belly’s still grappling with her emotions for Conrad and Jeremiah.

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It’s only a matter of time til there’s more teen angst to satisfy your summertime cravings.

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