Release Date: June 17, 2022
Stars: Lola Tung, Christopher Briney, Gavin Casalegno
Original Network: Amazon Prime Video
On an annual summer vacation to their family friends’ beach house, Belly reunites with her friends, brothers Jeremiah and Conrad, and she finds herself caught in a love triangle.
I would say that the The Summer I Turned Pretty television show adaptation was a stellar success. The show was able to capture the magic and essence of the novel, while expanding the development of the characters as well as giving watchers a little more to sink their teeth into as compared to the book.
What I enjoyed most about the adaptation was its character development, especially the secondary and tertiary characters. Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah are rightly the focus of the show, however the choice to expand Belly’s mother, Laurel, and Conrad and Jeremiah’s mother, Susannah, as characters and focus a little more on their friendship was excellent.
Laurel and Susannah’s friendship is what I hope to have with my own best friend. Their scenes are thoughtful, loving, and sometimes punishing as they deal with the slowly encroaching reality.
The actors’ cast for every role are perfect. They look their age, so their teenage actions don’t make viewers feel uncomfortable with how immature they’re acting.
I enjoyed the inclusion of their version of a modernized debutante ball despite it still being at its core a debutante ball. The novel focuses almost solely on Belly and her internal drama/coming-of-age story, so the debutante ball allows for other characters to be introduced and developed as well as some plot for viewers to sink their teeth into.
Overall, The Summer I Turned Pretty is a fantastic adaptation that remains faithful to the novel but expands in ways the book was not able to. From the writing to the actors, everything comes together in this wonderful coming-of-age story that will leave viewers excited for season 2.
Have you watched The Summer I Turned Pretty? What did you think?