THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY, from left: Gavin Casalegno, Lola Tung, 'Summer House', (Season 1, ep. 101, aired June 17, 2022). photo: Dana Hawley /Amazon / Courtesy Everett Collection

Jenny Han‘s bestselling Summer trilogy is the newest to get the tv therapy, and our summer season’s already trying brighter. “The Summer I Turned Pretty,” is a coming-of-age romantic drama that follows Isabel “Belly” Conklin (Lola Tung) throughout her household’s annual summer season trip to the idyllic Cousins Beach. When the nearly-16-year-old Belly returns to the place, she finds herself at the middle of an advanced love triangle involving her childhood buddies, brothers Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) and Conrad (Christopher Briney). The Amazon Prime sequence has all the makings of a feel-good summer season providing — the heart-fluttering story of past love, life-defining friendships, a dreamy summer season soundtrack, and a picturesque seashore setting.

The display screen adaptation, in addition to the 2009 book, are each set in Cousins Beach, a seashore in Massachusetts. The breathtaking views of the picture-perfect locale are sufficient to persuade viewers to pack their luggage and hit the quaint location this summer season. However, you could have been tumbling down a blind alley attempting to find the coastal city on the web; here is why!

Is Cousins Beach in “The Summer I Turned Pretty” Real?

We hate to be the bearer of unhealthy information, however there isn’t any Cousins Beach in Massachusetts. The made-up seaside city comes from Han’s creativeness. The excellent news is, you can go to the seashore the place the present is filmed. The principal photography for “The Summer I Turned Pretty” took place in and around the city of Wilmington, NC. The notable chosen areas embody Fort Fisher, the Cape Fear Country Club, and the Porters Neck space, as reported by Star News Online.

Is Cousins Beach From “The Summer I Turned Pretty” Inspired By a Real Place?

The creator behind the To All the Boys guide sequence — who additionally serves as “The Summer I Turned Pretty”‘s showrunner — has beforehand shared the real-life locations that impressed the fictitious Cousins Beach. According to Han, she fused collectively numerous seashores throughout the east coast she’d visited over the years to start Cousins Beach.

Her time spent in Massachusetts’s Cape Cod working as a nanny during grad school, in particular, shaped her vision. Han additionally weighed in on the topic when curious readers of her novel flocked to social media searching for solutions about the mysterious Cousins Beach. The creator noted that apart from Cape Cod, the Hamptons and only a splash of “Outer Banks” fueled her imaginings. She additionally informed Today that Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and Nags Head in North Carolina impressed Cousins Beach as effectively. “I borrowed one thing from all these seashores,” Han mentioned.

All seven episodes of “The Summer I Turned Pretty” season one are actually streaming on Prime, with season two of the drama already in the pipeline, possible distilling the plot of the second guide of the franchise, 2010’s “It’s Not Summer Without You.”

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