Many Gen Zers have since resigned themselves to living vicariously through the characters of their choosing and fixating on shows like “The Summer I Turned Pretty” with plotlines that offer a fantasy revision of contemporary teenage romance untainted by the logistical woes of a global pandemic.
Even though these shows seem as though they cater to younger generations that are more likely to relate to the issues and milestones of the characters in the moment, “The Summer I Turned Pretty” is striking a chord with older audiences as well.
And why wouldn’t it?
Belly Conklin is not perfect, neither are her love interests. These characters are flawed individually and as couples. Belly is sometimes brave, but not always. She is sometimes selfish but seems to recognize this. She is incredibly self-aware and stands up for herself and her desires, even when it’s not always easy.
As is the case with most romantic plotlines, you can’t help but place yourself in the main character’s shoes as the series progresses, hoping she falls in love — with the love interest of your choosing — the way many of us do when we’re young and we feel as if we have nothing and everything to lose.