Review * To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

May 5, 2014 Reviews 3 ★★★★★

Review * To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 15, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

What I Thought…

  • A few weeks ago I went to a signing feature Jenny Han and I was immediately taken with her. She was funny, easy going and someone that I could totally see myself being friends with. This got me even more excited to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and I am happy to report that I was not disappointed.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before gave me so many feels. Happy feels. Sad feels. Angry feels. Ecstatic feels. Basically, all the feels.
  • Just thinking about having love letters written in middle school and high school sent out is terrifying. Her love letters were not meant to be read by the boy, they were for her to get out her feelings, which makes that problem just a little bit worse as some of the things she said were not always polite.
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is much more than a love story. It’s more about Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters and growing up more than anything else. Her relationship with her sisters went through some hard times and it was absolutely heartbreaking at times because I just wanted, no needed, them to patch everything up!
  • Lara Jean is adjusting to life without her older sister and it’s a bit of a struggle for her to try and take her sisters place in the household. At times she could be a bit mature, but given how much her older sister did for her I could see her having some of that immaturity. She did a fair amount of growing up and maturing throughout the book. She is a bit timid in shy and after the letters come out she decides that starting this fake relationship with Peter could be the answer to at least one of her problems. Being in a fake relationship with another teenager has it’s complications and they went through a lot of growing pains. There is a bit of teenage dram but I loved how their relationship was handled.
  • There are two boys that are present in Lara Jean’s life, Peter and Josh. I’m sure some would call this a love triangle of sorts, but I do not. I was drawn to Peter much more than I was to Josh. Josh was a little too perfect for me, and while Peter had quite a few flaws I liked him a lot more.
  • The ending absolutely killed me. Han closes things up nicely but kind of leaves you hanging at the same time. I cannot wait for the next book!

Overall I absolutely loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and would recommend it to everyone!

Kimberly

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