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First Look at the TV adaptation of Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty! – PHOTOS

Get ready to fall in love all over again with The Summer I Turned Pretty, the brand new Prime Video series based on All The Boys author Jenny Han ‘s novel


The Summer I Turned Pretty stars Lola Tung as Isabel “Belly” Conklin, a high school girl caught in the middle of two boys she’s spent every summer with — Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) and his older brother Conrad (Chris Briney).

It’s all the thrill and excitement of first love. What it’s like to really love someone from afar your whole life and then suddenly be interacting with them in a new way.” Jenny Han says. “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.”

The first season is seven episodes. It covers the entire first book, and she hopes to make two more seasons to bring the next two books — It’s Not Summer Without You and We’ll Always Have Summer — to life as well.

Han teases that new characters will be introduced on the series to “expand Belly’s world”. It is something she was able to do only because she had more room by making the adaptation a TV show

“Originally The Summer I Turned Pretty was supposed to be just the one book. But I wanted to spend each summer of her life with her in that story. 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.”

Jenny Han

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In addition to tackling everything from first love to heartbreak, the coming-of-age story is also a multigenerational drama that explores the complex relationships between mothers and their children.

“I hope people fall in love with Belly and these families. 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.”

Jenny Han
But in bringing the story from page to screen, Han didn’t want to just recreate the book word-for-word.

“It’s about distilling what are the most important pieces of the story. I hinged it around those big moments that I thought were really important to the fans,” she says. “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.”


The Summer I Turned Pretty also stars Rachel Blanchard as Susannah, Jackie Chung as Laurel, Sean Kaufman as Steven, Minnie Mills as Shayla, and Alfredo Narciso as Cleveland. In addition to Han (who wrote the pilot), Gabrielle Stanton also serves as showrunner/executive producer, with Karen Rosenfelt, Hope Hartman, Mads Hansen, and Nne Ebong as executive producers. A series premiere date has not yet been set.

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Source: EW

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Chiara Lombatti
Chiara Lombatti
When Cristina Yang’s mankind hate, and Sherlock Holmes’ deductive skills meet Randall Pearson’s anxiety and Jamie Fraser’s multilingualism (featuring Claire Fraser’s curls and Kate Pearson’s voice). Translator and feature article with a great love for cinema, TV series and books.


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