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The Summer I Turned Pretty

Book 1, Summer Series

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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.

Publishers Weekly Review

Jun 29, 2009 – 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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Summer love

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.

Beat book ever!!!

Okay so I was bored one night and well I kinda wanted to read so I downloaded the sample of this book at first I thought I wouldnt like it cuz the name sounded dumb so I read the sample and was hooked I DARE you to get the sample at least. I swear you will like this book as much as I did :)


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!

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The Summer I Turned Pretty
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 7 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Family & Relationships
  • Published: Dec 21, 2010
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Summer Series
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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