Another one of famed YA author Jenny Han’s novels is being adapted for the screen, and this time, it’s for her OG book fans — The Summer I Turned Pretty is arriving just in time for summer.
Coming-of-age novel The Summer I Turned Pretty was first published in 2009, and it was announced in 2013 that it had been optioned for television. But it wasn’t until February 2021 that Amazon gave the project a series order, officially giving the green light on the TV series’ development.
“The Summer I Turned Pretty is many years in the making, and I’m so excited to tell Belly’s story,” author Jenny Han told Deadline in 2021 when the show was announced. “For the longtime book fans, I think it will have been worth the wait. For those newly discovering the Summer series, I hope you fall in love with these characters and this place that is so dear to my heart.”
Jenny Han’s most recent trilogy, the To All the Boys series — consisting of the three YA novels To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean — was adapted by Netflix in 2018, with all three books getting an on-screen companion. (A TATB spin-off series, XO, Kitty, is also currently in production, that will focus on Lara Jean Covey’s younger sister Kitty.)
Ready to dive in to the beachy world of The Summer I Turned Pretty? Below, we’ve gathered everything we know so far about the newest addition to the Jenny Han on-screen universe, including The Summer I Turned Pretty’s cast list, plot details, and first looks.
The Summer I Turned Pretty book trilogy follows the coming-of-age of 16-year-old Isabel “Belly” Conklin as she spends summers in the fictional beach town of Cousin’s Beach with her mother, older brother and her mother’s childhood best friend and her sons — two brothers who Belly gets wrapped up in a love triangle with.
According to Deadline, the official synopsis for The Summer I Turned Pretty series reads as follows: “[TSITP] 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.”
Author Jenny Han wrote the pilot for the series, and will serve as TSITP’s co-showrunner with Gabrielle Stanton, who is known for her work on CW’s The Flash.
You’ll be able to stream The Summer I Turned Pretty’s eight episodes on Amazon Prime Video. There hasn’t been any confirmation yet whether Prime Video will continue the series to also adapt and include TSITP’s sequels, It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer. It’s important to note, though, that Jenny Han recently signed a TV and film deal with Amazon Studios.
“Adapting my novel, The Summer I Turned Pretty, into a television series at Prime Video has been an incredible experience, and I’m so thrilled to now expand my relationship with them,” Han said, per Deadline. “I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember, first on the page, then onscreen, and now I’m delighted to start this new chapter: creating and championing stories about coming of age at every age for Prime Video’s global audience.”
Han’s partnership with Prime Video might mean that TSITP will get the full adaptation treatment, and could also mean that more of her books could make it to the screen. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Industry newcomer Lola Tung has been cast as in The Summer I Turned Pretty’s lead role of 16-year-old Belly Conklin, who is… awkwardly adjusting to exiting her awkward stage. To complete the love triangle the show centers on, actors Christopher Briney and Gavin Casalegno will portray the Fisher brothers, Conrad and Jeremiah, respectively.
Conrad is the Fisher brother Belly has “loved forever,” who suddenly starts to pay attention to her during this fateful summer, and Jeremiah is the Fisher brother whose feelings for Belly sneak up on them both.
Manifest’s Sean Kaufman is Steven, Belly’s older brother, Jackie Chung will play Belly’s mother Laurel, and Rachel Blanchard portrays Susannah Fisher, Conrad and Jeremiah’s mother. Other cast members include Minnie Mills, Summer Madison, David Iacono, Rain Spencer and Tom Everett Scott.