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To All The Boys I've Loved Before Fans Will Love The Summer I Turned Pretty

To All The Boys I've Loved Before Fans Will Love The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty is based on a book written by Jenny Han, the author behind To All The Boys I Loved Before.

The delightful drama series The Summer I Turned Pretty, which is based on the novel of the same name written by To All The Boys I've Loved Before author Jenny Han, has landed on Amazon Prime today. Watch the trailer below.

The seven-part coming of age series, which has already been renewed for a second season, is co-created and executive produced by Han, whose To All the Boys novels served as the source material for the smash hit Netflix trilogy starring Lana Condor and Noah Centineo.

The Summer I Turned Pretty has all the hallmarks of a teen romance drama; it focuses on the love triangle between Belly (played by newcomer Lola Tung) and two brothers; the eternally optimistic Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) and the troubled Conrad (Christopher Briney).

Belly's brother Steven (Sean Kaufman) and mum Laurel (Jackie Chung) and family friend Susannah (Rachel Blanchard) also have their own tumultuous experience in what is essentially a story about friendship, first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of one perfect summer.

Lola Tung described the series as 'beautiful story of first love'.
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Now, the cast has explained why fans of To All The Boys should definitely add The Summer I Turned Pretty to their watchlists.

“I was a huge fan of the movies, my friends and I used to Netflix Party them a lot,” Lola tells Tyla.

“I think it’s that same, beautiful story of first love and of a teenage girl coming of age and in the same way it’s relatable and allows the characters to feel all the things they’re feeling and [it] doesn’t mock that because when we’re teenagers, it feels like all the things that are happening are the biggest things in the world and I don’t think either To All The Boys or The Summer I Turned Pretty shy away from that.”

Christopher Briney said it was an ‘honour’ to work with Han and said fans of the author’s work will appreciate the way the new series portrays teen life. 

The Summer I Turned Pretty is about a love triangle.
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He said: “[Han] just captures what it feels like to be a teenager and the absurdity of it so well because it’s very self-aware because these are your fantasies; they’re the daydreams you have when you’re 16-17 but it’s also the real world going on. I feel like people who are fans of Jenny’s will think it’s great.”

Gavin Casalegno agreed and said fans of To All The Boys will love The Summer I Turned Pretty because both feel ‘real’ and ‘fun’. 

“I think anything Jenny works on she’s able to articulate the teenage reality of it all and I think she does an excellent job in The Summer I Turned Pretty as well as in To All The Boys,” he explained.

“I think [Han] just has a knack for really bringing to life the teenage absurdities and situations that makes it [the show] feel real and it’s a lot of fun.”

The series has been renewed for a second season.
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Meanwhile, Sean Kaufman warned fans that they may shed a few tears watching the show, just like they did when seeing Lara Jean and Peter fall in love in the Netflix rom-com.

“I think if you watched To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I think you’ll be getting a lot of the same things – a lot of laughs, but you will get those moments where the tears start piling on a little bit. 

“Obviously, the classic love triangle but with so much more investment to everything in the world. I think fans of Jenny Han would be very pleased."

The Summer I Turned Pretty is available to stream on Amazon Prime now.

Featured Image Credit: Amazon Prime/Netflix

Topics: TV And Film