Less than five minutes into the first episode of The Summer I Turned Pretty, 16-year-old Belly is channeling her inner James Corden as she belts out the lyrics to Kim Petras's "Can't Do Better" in her family's minivan. Meanwhile, her brother, Steven, gives her a few awkward side glances as he makes the drive up to Cousins Beach—a longstanding family tradition that's been around since before she was born. Sitting quietly in the back seat is their mom, Laurel, who, despite not being a fan of the loud music, can't help but smile at her daughter's silly antics.
It's not the most significant scene in the series, but it already paints a fascinating portrait of the small family. Belly being the bubbly, high-spirited girl, her mom being the reserved matriarch and her brother being the protective leader. But throughout the rest of this first episode, it's the lovable Belly who takes center stage. For those who aren't familiar with the new Prime Video series, which just dropped today (and got renewed for season two!), it's inspired by Jenny Han's book series of the same name. The show follows Isabel (Lola Tung), better known as Belly, as she visits her family friends' beach house and gets roped into a complicated love triangle with Jeremiah (Gavin Casalegno) and Conrad (Christopher Briney), who also happen to be brothers.