If you’re like me, then you just finished reading The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, or you watch Prime Video’s TV series adaptation, and you’re looking for your next read.
Well, have no fear! I’ve got a list of books for you to choose from.
These books are all young adult beach reads that will give you the same feeling as TSITP.
So curl up on your favorite reading spot with one of these books and enjoy!
Books To Read After “The Summer I Turned Pretty”
Whether you enjoyed great summer adventures, fun YA reads, Jenny Han’s writing, or all of the above, these books are perfect for your summer reading list.
Our recommended books all deal with themes of friendship, love, and self-discovery, and are sure to leave you feeling satisfied.
Here are our recommendations for books to read after “The Summer I Turned Pretty”:
1) Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
If you’re looking for a fun, flirty read about first love and self-discovery, Cool for the Summer is the book for you.
Dahlia Adler’s novel follows Lara Casey as she starts her senior year of high school and falls for the new girl at camp. As their relationship deepens, Lara begins to question her own sexuality and what she really wants out of life.
2) Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Love & Gelato is the perfect read for anyone who’s looking for a sweet, romantic story.
Jenna Evans Welch’s novel follows Lina as she travels to Italy after her mother’s death and discovers a whole new world.
Along the way, she falls in love with both a boy and the country itself. If you’re looking for a heartwarming read, this is the book for you.
3) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Since you’re looking for similar books, we assume you loved Jenny Han’s writing. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a must-read for anyone who’s ever had a crush.
Han’s novel follows Lara Jean as she writes love letters to all of her crushes, only to have them mysteriously mailed out to each one of them.
It’s a fun, fluffy read that will leave you smiling.
4) Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno
If you’re looking for an immersive and heartwarming read, then Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno is definitely the book for you.
The story follows the journey of two estranged sisters who are brought back together by a family crisis. Though they haven’t seen each other in years, the sisters must put aside their differences and work together to save their grandmother’s failing bakery.
Along the way, they rediscover the bonds of sisterhood and learn to cherish their family’s unique traditions.
Moreno’s writing is both poignant and comforting, making Our Way Back to Always an enjoyable and uplifting read. I highly recommend it for anyone who needs a little light in their life.
5) Melt With You by Jennifer Dugan
An “ice cream truck romance” you say? Sounds great!
Chloe and Fallon hooked up… and stopped talking. This is the story of how they come back together and the twists and turns in their relationship have you rooting for them through.
6) Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters
When friends become lovers, you will feel the social anxiety of the main character as you read through this great book from Julian Winters.
A fluffy, comfort read, Right Where I Left You will have you falling in love with the characters as they fall in love with each other in this fun summer read.
7) XOXO by Axie Oh
Oh’s debut novel is a fast-paced, action-packed story about a girl who is recruited to join an all-girl K-Pop group.
If you’re a fan of K-Pop or books with strong female characters, you’ll love XOXO.
It’s the perfect summer read for anyone who wants to escape into a world of music, friendship, and adventure XOXO is a fun and thrilling read that will have you hooked from the first page.
8) The Summer of Broken Rules by K.L Walther
This was such a fun book, and perfect for anyone wanting to dive into a summer romance. Plus, this book was inspired by Taylor Swift songs, so Swifties will really love this book.
While dealing with the loss of her sister, Meredith’s family continues on with a family tradition, the first time without her sister. But, she’ll meet a boy after just being dumped, but she’s cautious with her heart.
And, it gives readers a motivational, feel-good feeling after reading it, so we definitely recommend it.
9) Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira
“Once Upon a Quinceañera” is more than just a coming-of-age story; it’s a cultural celebration of Latina heritage.
Gomez-Hira weaves together the traditions of the quinceañera with the contemporary experiences of a young Latina woman growing up in America. The result is a charming and moving novel that will resonate with readers of all backgrounds.
In addition to its poignant exploration of identity, “Once Upon a Quinceañera” is also a wonderfully funny book, full of wit and humor.
I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an engaging read that celebrates Latin culture.
10) Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
“Stay Sweet” tells the story of Amelia Beauregard, a high school student who takes on the job of running her town’s old-fashioned ice cream shop for the summer.
Though she’s not particularly thrilled about the prospect at first, Amelia soon finds herself falling in love with her work. She also begins to develop a close bond with her co-workers, who include a handsome boy named earning extra money for college.
In addition, Amelia starts to see her small town in a new light, and she comes to appreciate its slower pace and friendly atmosphere.
Overall, “Stay Sweet” is a charming and heartwarming read that will leave you feeling nostalgic for simpler times.
11) The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is a YA romance about a girl named Elyse who dreams of becoming a mermaid.
Elyse’s life takes a turn when she meets Christian, a boy from the city who is staying on the island for the summer.
Christian helps Elyse see that her dream of becoming a mermaid might not be as far-fetched as she thought.
You’ll love this book if you’re looking for a sweet romance with a bit of magic.
12) Some Other Now By Sarah Everett
Sarah Everett’s “Some Other Now” is a stirring and thought-provoking novel about what it means to be a teenager in today’s world. The book follows the lives of four friends as they navigate the ups and downs of high school, college, and beyond.
What sets “Some Other Now” apart from other books in its genre is its unflinching look at the challenges faced by teenagers today.
But “Some Other Now” is also a hopeful book, one that ultimately reminds us of the strength and resilience of the human spirit.
If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh, cry, and think, then I highly recommend “Some Other Now.” You won’t be disappointed.
13) Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer
Kristin Dwyer’s “Some Mistakes Were Made” is a heartwarming tale of family, love, and self-discovery.
When Ella’s mother dies, she is sent to live with her grandparents on their family farm. There, she learns the importance of hard work, responsibility, and taking care of those she loves.
She also discovers that her grandfather has been keeping a secret from her – he can see ghosts.
It is a touching story about learning to open your heart to the people and things you love. Dwyer’s writing is beautiful and moving, and her characters are richly drawn and full of life. I highly recommend this novel – it will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Did You Read the Entire The Summer I Turned Pretty Series?
If you read and loved The Summer I Turned Pretty, then you’ll be happy to know that there are two more books in the series.
The second book, It’s Not Summer Without You, picks up where the first one left off. Belly is back at Cousins Beach for another summer, but this time she’s not sure if she wants to be there. She’s grown up a lot over the past year, and she’s not sure if her relationship with Conrad is really what she wants.
The third book, We’ll Always Have Summer, is the final book in the series. Belly is now a senior in high school, and she’s facing some tough decisions about her future. She’s also still trying to figure out her relationship with Conrad.