The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2: Trailer, Release Date, Cast, and Everything We Know So Far
Jenny Han's first novel trilogy was finally adapted for the screen, and now The Summer I Turned Pretty will be getting the full adaptation treatment with a season 2. And yes, we now have The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 release date.
Coming-of-age novel The Summer I Turned Pretty was first published in 2009. A few years later in 2023, it was announced that it had been optioned for television. But it wasn't until February 2021 that Amazon gave the project a series order, officially giving the green light on the TV series's development.
“The Summer I Turned Pretty is many years in the making, and I’m so excited to tell Belly’s story," author Jenny Han told Deadline in 2021 when the show was first announced. “For the longtime book fans, I think it will have been worth the wait. For those newly discovering the Summer series, I hope you fall in love with these characters and this place that is so dear to my heart.”
Jenny Han's most recent trilogy, the To All the Boys series — consisting of the three YA novels To All The Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You, and Always and Forever, Lara Jean — was adapted by Netflix in 2018, with all three books getting an on-screen companion. (XO, Kitty, a TATB spin-off series that focuses on Lara Jean Covey's younger sister Kitty, debuted on Netflix in May. More on that here!)
On April 21, 2023, Prime Video dropped the new poster for season 2 on social media. “Happy summer Friday,” read the Instagram caption. Does that mean more solid info about the new season is coming soon? We hope so, because we're more than ready to dive back into the beachy world of The Summer I Turned Pretty. Below, we've gathered everything we know so far about the newest addition to the Jenny Han on-screen universe, including The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 release date, new and returning cast members, plot details, trailer, and first look photos.
Is there a trailer for The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2?
There sure is — The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 even got another Taylor Swift song to act as a soundtrack to its first look. (TSITP is a proud Swiftie show, with the majority of the cast being vocal about their love for T-Swift. Lest we forget that season 1 debuted “This Love (Taylor's Version).") This time around, it's a song from folklore, the love triangle track “August.” Fitting for Belly, don't you think?
So much happens in this short teaser trailer for season 2 that we don't even know what to focus on first. There's Steven graduating, Belly and Conrad openly holding hands at the dinner table, Taylor and Steven getting much closer, the first signs of the love triangle between Belly, Conrad, and Jeremiah, and — um, is that a fight between Conrad and Jeremiah? It's unclear whether the brothers are fighting together or fighting each other, but punches are absolutely thrown at a party. Catch the first teaser trailer for TSITP season 2 below, and get ready to hit the rewind button over and over and over again.
When will The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 be released?
The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 release date has officially been announced by Prime Video: the sophomore season will premiere its first three episodes on Friday July 14, 2023, with new episodes released every week until the season finale on Friday, August 18, 2023. There will be eight episodes total, and we even have episode titles — so that you novel sleuths can get to speculating.
The eight episodes, in order, are titled, “Love Lost,” “Love Scene," “Love Sick," “Love Game," “Love Fool," “Love Fest,” “Love Affair," and “Love Triangle." It's sure to be a summer to remember.
Filming for the second season officially wrapped in November 2022. During the first week of November 2022, Prime Video posted a pic of author Jenny Han, Lola Tung, Christopher Briney, and Gavin Casalegno, with the caption: “And that's a wrap on season 2 🎬.”
What will The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 be about?
The Summer I Turned Pretty book trilogy follows the coming-of-age of 16-year-old Isabel “Belly” Conklin as she spends summers in the fictional beach town of Cousins Beach with her mother Laurel, older brother Steven, and her mother's childhood best friend Susannah and her sons Conrad and Jeremiah — two brothers who Belly gets wrapped up in a love triangle with.
According to Deadline, the official synopsis for The Summer I Turned Pretty series reads as follows: “[TSITP] is a multigenerational drama that hinges on a love triangle between one girl and two brothers, the ever-evolving relationship between mothers and their children, and the enduring power of strong female friendship. It is a coming-of-age story about first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer.”
It's possible that TSITP season 2 could follow the chronology of Han's novels. The next book in the trilogy, titled It's Not Summer Without You, was first published in 2010.
Major spoiler alert: In the trilogy's second book, Susannah dies from breast cancer. Naturally, Conrad is deeply affected by his mom's passing, and his new relationship with Belly suffers under the weight of grief. Conrad eventually runs away from home, which leads Belly and his brother Jeremiah to embark on a road trip to find him and bring him back. It's during this trip that the love triangle between Belly and the Fisher brothers deepens, as Belly and Jeremiah find solace in one another.
It has not yet been confirmed whether TSITP season 2 will follow the book order in terms of plot — though there's potential for some of the major plot points to make it into the show, like Susannah's death and Belly and Jeremiah's budding relationship.
At the end of season 1, Susannah revealed her decision to participate in the experimental trial to target her cancer. This decision could set up her eventual death in season 2, especially since she told Jeremiah that the chances of the trial being successful were “slight." However, season 1 included a handful of changes that made the series diverge from the books, so season 2 might follow suit.
Who is in the cast of The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2?
Industry newcomer Lola Tung plays The Summer I Turned Pretty's lead role of 16-year-old Belly Conklin, who is… awkwardly adjusting to exiting her awkward stage. Completing the love triangle the show centers on are actors Christopher Briney and Gavin Casalegno, portraying the Fisher brothers, Conrad and Jeremiah, respectively.
Manifest's Sean Kaufman is Steven, Belly's older brother; Jackie Chung plays Belly's mother Laurel; and Rachel Blanchard portrays Susannah Fisher, Conrad and Jeremiah's mother, the “glue” that holds both families together.
Other season 1 cast members expected to return are Alfredo Narciso as Cleveland Castillo, Colin Ferguson as John Conklin, Tom Everett Scott as Adam Fisher, David Iacono as Cam, and Rain Spencer as Taylor. It's unclear whether Lilah Pate (Gigi), Kelsey Rose Healey (Dara), and Jocelyn Shelfo (Marisa) will reprise their roles in season 2 — but one beloved cast member from season 1 recently confirmed that they will not be returning.
Minnie Mills, who played Shayla, Steven's love interest, posted a simultaneously heartbreaking and heartwarming goodbye to her character in an announcement post to Instagram on April 19. “First and foremost, I want to say thank you to Shayla," wrote Minnie, posting photos of her time on the TSITP set. “Playing Shayla was such a privilege, she taught me so much and helped me grow not only as an actor, but as a person.” Minnie called her role on TSITP “a dream come true,” an opportunity to move the needle on Asian female representation on-screen. Shayla was Minnie's first acting role.
“[Shayla] took up space, she was confident, kind and compassionate: a fully fleshed, powerful woman all on her own," explained Minnie. "She didn’t need to prove that to anyone, she did not need a white boy to deem her worthy, she didn’t have to grapple with her identity in order to be beautiful or the ‘it’ girl. Being Asian was simply part of who she was, not an obstacle to who she wanted to be.”
Minnie continued by acknowledging the importance of Steven and Shayla's love story, an uncommon on-screen portrayal of “two Asian characters in a healthy loving relationship." She concluded her farewell to Shayla with a heartfelt thanks to the show's cast and crew, as well as the fans. “To everyone who loved Shayla, who felt empowered or inspired by her, she will always be in the first season for you to come back to whenever you need her, and if I ever get the chance, I would love to continue her story,” said Minnie. “…#stevenandshaylaforever.”
In terms of new faces joining the season 2, it was announced back in August 2022 that actors Kyra Sedgwick and Elsie Fisher had been cast in recurring, undisclosed roles. You might recognize Kyra Sedgwick from her performances in The Closer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Edge of Seventeen; and you'll most likely know Elsie Fisher from her starring role in 2018's Eighth Grade. Further details on Elsie and Kyra's characters has not yet been shared publicly, but we are definitely staying tuned.
Are there any photos from The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2?
Yes! On May 31, Prime Video released a slew of first-look photos, and they're very revealing for what to expect in season 2. Check out the photos below:
Where will I be able to watch The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2?
You'll be able to stream The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 on Prime Video, just like season 1. The series was renewed for a second season before the first season even aired back in June 2022. There hasn't been any confirmation yet whether Prime Video will continue the series to also adapt and include TSITP's third novel We'll Always Have Summer, but the probability is high considering that Jenny Han recently signed a TV and film deal with Amazon Studios.
“Adapting my novel, The Summer I Turned Pretty, into a television series at Prime Video has been an incredible experience, and I’m so thrilled to now expand my relationship with them,” Han said ahead of season 1's release, per Deadline. “I’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember, first on the page, then onscreen, and now I’m delighted to start this new chapter: creating and championing stories about coming of age at every age for Prime Video’s global audience.”
Han's partnership with Prime Video might mean that TSITP trilogy will get the adaptation treatment, and could also mean that more of her books could make it to the screen. Guess we'll just have to wait and see!
This story will continue to be updated as news about The Summer I Turned Pretty season 2 breaks.
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