A coming-of-age love story! The Summer I Turned PrettyThe highly anticipated adaptation to a trilogy written by Jenny HanThis book is about love, friendship, and family.
Belly will be introduced to viewers during the first season. She catches the attention of long-time friends Conrad Fisher (and Jeremiah Fisher). After spending summers at the coast together, the brothers become interested in Belly.
Han, 41 years old, worried about how long it would take to bring the story to life. “I just really want them to feel satisfied by the long wait and feel like the story has come to life in the way that they were hoping for. I hope fans swoon a lot,” the author told Entertainment WeeklyMarch 2022. “The first time I walked on set, I cried.”
The Virginia native noted that she wasn’t looking to recreate the series straight from the page.
“It’s about distilling what are the most important pieces of the story, and I hinged it around those big moments that I thought were really important to the fans,” Han, who also wrote the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, added. “I continually asked myself, what do the fans care most about, what do they want to see the most, what are those big tentpole moments, and trying to make sure that I deliver those while still allowing myself room to expand and find new ways into the story.”
Han suggested that the story will introduce new stories. “We’ll see the night swims and big crushes and all those sort of big, epic love moments this season. I did try to drop in a lot of Easter eggs throughout the series for the fans of the books,” she hinted. “It’s all the thrill and excitement of first love and what it’s like to really love someone from afar your whole life and then suddenly be interacting with them in a new way.”
Han also mentioned that The Summer I Turned Pretty will explore the different kinds of love — including platonic connections.
“It really is about growing up and coming into your own and that loss of innocence. The first season is really just the beginning of it,” Han continued. “When I started writing it, I realized I needed more space to tell the story. I feel the same way about TV — I think that novels actually lend themselves really well to TV because you just get a lot more time to really delve into the characters and be with them on their journey.”
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