14 Big Differences Between the “Summer I Turned Pretty” Books and the TV Show So Far

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The Summer I Turned Pretty” continues to make us feel nostalgic for the days of summer when school was out for three months, and we could run to the beach and eat popsicles and hot dogs and play in the water to our hearts’ content. Alas, we’ll stick with watching Conrad, Jeremiah, and Belly do all of that and much more instead.

The show, which has become the bonafide “summer show” since its premiere last year, is back this summer with a new season, new characters, and new drama! It’s based on Jenny Han’s “It’s Not Summer Without You,” the second book in the Summer trilogy, and much like the first season, there are already major differences between the Amazon Prime Video adaptation and the second book that fans will be able to pick up on. From Susannah’s prognosis and Conrad and Belly’s love life to Steven’s surprise crush and Laurel’s book dilemma, this summer has taken a 180-degree turn and has guaranteed to be one we won’t forget.

Han, who authored the book and is a co-showrunner on the series, talked to Variety about dealing with readers’ expectations of the adaptation. “It’s a bit of a balancing act, because I really had to weigh what the fans are expecting with where the show is going creatively and find that balance,” she said. “My priority has always been that I want fans of the book to feel really satisfied by the story we’re telling, but also for them to know that this is an adaptation in a new medium, so it’s not going to be exactly the same. I think those are sort of the two things that are always in my head.”

There are always going to be differences of varying degrees between a book and its screen counterpart, so we’re here to break down some of the biggest differences between “It’s Not Summer Without You” and the second season!

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