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The Summer I Turned Pretty is back

The Summer I Turned Pretty is back

After a magical summer of enchanting first loves and devastating first heartbreaks, life will never be the same for Belly Conklin in this Prime Video drama

By Charlotte Briggs, Staff Writer

Everyone knows that sunshine, sand and sea make for the perfect summer holiday. But the idyllic New England shores of Cousins Beach are far from paradise for Belly (Lola Tung). As season 2 of The Summer I Turned Pretty begins, the trials of teen life have become more complicated than ever before.


Need the 411? The Summer I Turned Pretty first hit screens in June 2022, with seven episodes based on Jenny Han’s trilogy of the same name. The New York Times best-selling author also penned the wildly popular All The Boys I Loved Before novels, earning her the adoration of young adult readers around the world.


That first season introduced us to protagonist Belly, as she headed to the Fishers’ beach house along with her brother Steven (Sean Kaufman, Manifest) and mother Laurel (Jackie Chung, Grey’s Anatomy).


Despite the families’ tradition of spending every summer together, this visit was one to remember. Belly had transitioned from an awkward teen to a blossoming young woman, catching the attention of the dreamy Fisher brothers Conrad (Christopher Briney) and Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno).


Cue a vacation filled with love triangles, almost-kisses, friendship rivalries with Belly’s BFF Taylor (Rain Spencer, Good Girl Jane) and that final beach scene, and we were hooked! But it wasn’t all rugged beaches and romance. By the season’s finale everyone learnt the devastating news that Conrad and Jeremiah’s mother Susannah (Rachel Blanchard, You Me Her) had cancer. Now it looks like the teens will have to figure out their own happy endings.


Will Belly manage to save her friendships with the Fisher boys? Or is she destined for more swoonworthy romances with Conrad, Jeremiah or someone new… Tune in to find out on Friday 14 July in Apps & Games > Prime Video.


And long before Belly Conklin there was Marissa Cooper, Moesha Mitchell, Joey Potter and even more teen icons filling our screens with romance, angst and high emotion. We’re heading down memory lane to celebrate the beloved teen dramas that paved the way for the likes of The Summer I Turned Pretty, where love triangles, dramas and tragedies kept a whole generation captivated (spoilers ahead!).


Find seasons 1-4 on Apps & Games > ITVX

One of the most popular and beloved teen dramas of all time, The O.C. follows Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), who’s taken in by the wealthy Cohen family after a run in with the law. Despite his troubled background, Ryan soon adjusts to life in Newport Beach with Seth (Adam Brody), Summer (Rachel Bilson) and Marissa (Mischa Barton), as well as all the trimmings and tragedies that go with it. And with a new scandal in town or drama unfolding between Ryan and Marissa every episode, you’ll be hooked from the beginning. Who didn’t want to be adopted by Sandy and Kirsten Cohen?


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Capeside residents Dawson (James van der Beek), Joey (Katie Holmes), Pacey (Joshua Jackson) and Jen (Michelle Williams) were the zenith of messy teen love triangles, with the Dawson-Joey-Pacey entanglement leaving fans divided to this day. The coming-of-age drama follows titular character Dawson and his friends, as they experience the growing up and growing apart that many of us do when we pursue our dreams beyond school. And the show also gave the internet one of its favourite memes, thanks to Dawson’s famous crying scene which became a pop culture phenomenon.


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Singer Brandy Norwood became everyone’s favourite teen sensation when she took on the starring role in this classic sitcom. We all wanted to be friends with Moesha thanks to her down-to-earth approach to the trials of teen life such as stepparents, leaving home and getting a tattoo. And we all wanted to be Moesha when Jeremy (played by fellow singer Usher) serenaded her with one of his hit songs. Swoon! Plus, no one can deny the lasting effects of the show, with Moesha’s gorgeous 90s style continuing to inspire generations old and new.


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Although Oscar winner Will Smith is one of Hollywood’s biggest names, it was his role as the Fresh Prince that first catapulted him to stardom. Smith stars as a streetwise teen sent to live with his affluent relatives including strict patriarch Philip Banks (the late James Avery) in their Bel-Air mansion. What ensues is over 100 episodes filled with Will’s hilarious hi-jinks and celebrity cameos including Oprah Winfrey, Sir Tom Jones, Naomi Campbell and Queen Latifah. Not only does this show have the catchiest theme tune ever, but it also touched on issues such as race, class and absent parents through a relatable lens.


Find seasons 1-7 in Apps & Games > Netflix

Set in the dreamy fictional town of Stars Hollow, the cosy show centres around Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her teen daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel). While the drama wasn’t always reserved for teenagers thanks to Lorelai’s complex relationship with her mother Emily (Kelly Bishop), it’s hard to outdo some of Rory’s antics such as having an affair with her married ex-boyfriend and, er, stealing a yacht. Tune in for a feel-good watch with a stellar supporting cast of Melissa McCarthy, Edward Herrmann, Liza Weil and Scott Patterson. And you can catch even more Gilmores in the spin-off Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life on Netflix.


Find season 1-9 in Apps & Games > ITVX

Are you Team Naley, Team Leyton or Team Brucas? One Tree Hill dreamboat Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) broke hearts when he fell for both Peyton (Hilarie Burton) and Brooke (Sophia Bush), but not before ruffling the feathers of his half-brother Nathan (James Lafferty) in this ultra-angsty series. Their relationship gave a whole new meaning to sibling rivalry, as the pair fought over Tree Hill’s basketball team, their father’s affection and Nathan’s relationship with Lucas’ BFF Haley (Bethany Joy Lenz). But among the melodramatic storylines of comas and stalkers there’s a storyline that is one of the most groundbreaking in the history of teen TV – a realistic depiction of a school shooting.


Find seasons 1-6 in Apps & Games > Netflix

Adapted for the small screen by The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz from the books of the same name, this drama about New York’s Upper East Siders jumpstarted the careers of Blake Lively (Serena), Leighton Meester (Blair), Penn Badgley (Dan), Ed Westwick (Chuck) and Chace Crawford (Nate). And never have a group of teens looked so stylish, with Blair’s signature preppy outfits causing a global shortage of coloured tights and headbands. Full of twists and turns until the very last episode, the show had its viewers in a chokehold thanks to anonymous blogger “Gossip Girl” broadcasting the very messy lives of Manhattan’s elite.


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While being the new kid in town is a rite of passage for many teens of this genre, Everwood goes one step further by giving an incredibly honest portrayal of a complicated father-son relationship throughout the series. The premise is simple enough: after a family tragedy, Dr Andy Brown (Treat Williams) moves to the mountain town of Everwood with his two children Ephram (Gregory Smith) and Delia (Vivien Cardone). Over four seasons we follow the growing pains of gifted pianist Ephram, as he grieves the loss of his mother and tries to find balance his dreams of Juilliard and his relationship with Amy (Emily VanCamp).


When is season 2 of The Summer I Turned Pretty on TV?

You can catch season 2 of The Summer I Turned Pretty from Friday 14 July on Prime Video (Apps & Games > Prime Video). Season 1 is available to stream now.

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