Book Review | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

to all the boys i've loved before

Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#1) by Jenny Han

Pages: 355

Genres: YA, Contemporary

Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 15, 2014)

Summary

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

What I Thought

Going into this book, I was honestly a bit apprehensive.  To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is such a well-loved, hyped up book, that I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype for me.  I think that’s why it took me so long to read in the first place, because I loved the premise of this book, and I didn’t want to be disappointed.  That being said, I’m so glad I finally read it, because it truly did live up to its hype!

This book was so cute!  It really wasn’t how I expected it to be either.  The plot went places that I had not planned on it going, but I was so pleasantly surprised with that.  I had read Jenny Han’s other series, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and so I was expecting another series similar to that one, but To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was so different!  It really showed Jenny Han’s versatility in her writing.

The characters in this book were all so well-written and relatable, too!  There was so much wit and sass in the writing and the characters, and I really enjoyed every single page.  I found myself really falling for Lara Jean and Peter K’s relationship. I have to say, though, my favorite thing about this novel was the family dynamics and relationships.  It all just felt so incredibly relatable to me, especially when it came to Lara Jean and her sisters.  I have two older sisters, and one younger sister, and so I really found the sister dynamics to be so realistic.  From growing up and always being the little sister, to now having your older sister(s) growing and leaving and now *you’re* being the big sister, I felt how Lara Jean felt.  As sisters, sometimes you fight, sometimes you annoy each other, but as cheesy as it sounds, at the end of the day you’re still best friends.  It was really just so lovely to read.  I also loved how close they were to their dad.  For some reason, there is just not enough positive parent-child relationships in YA books! It was nice to see that in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  It was funny, embarrassing (I truly felt Lara Jean’s embarrassment at parts, poor girl), heartwarming, and so well-written.  I am looking forward to continuing the rest of the series very soon.  I would recommend To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to anyone looking for a contemporary novel with a lot of heart.

4 stars 2


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8 Comments on “Book Review | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

  1. I absolutely loved these books when I read them, so glad you enjoyed it! Can’t wait to see what you think of the others in the series!

    Jess xx

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  2. I love this series with ALL MY HEART. I could literally just sit around reading about every single one of Lara Jean’s daily adventures. Like if she’s going to the grocery store or school or whatever, it’s all so interesting to me! Lara Jean and Peter are one of my favorite ships. I just cannot get over how cute they are. And of course the family aspect! It has one of the best fictional families I’ve seen in a while, actually, and not only are they supportive but they are developed. Like that is an actual plot point, Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters. I just love it so much! Let me know when you finish the trilogy!

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    • I’m so happy I ended up enjoying this book! I agree, it’s so well written, that even something mundane is so interesting to read about! I’m loving getting to know Lara Jean and Peter, and I can’t wait to see how their relationship plays out! And yes!! I love the family aspect. It’s so refreshing to read about a positive family experience, because so many books feature characters who live with mean or selfish family members. I’ll be sure to share the rest of my thoughts on this series as I read it!! 😄

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  3. I really like this book too and I’m happy that it lived up to the hype for you. That’s always a good feeling! For me this whole series went in different directions than I expected – like each book feels like it stands alone in it’s way. I’m not the biggest Peter K fan, but like you said, I love it for the family dynamics and I really like Lara Jean!

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    • I am too! Usually overhyped books end up disappointing me, so for this one, it was a pleasant surprise. This book really went a way I didn’t expect, so I’m curious to see how the others will be! Yeah, I was unsure how I felt about Peter K at first, but he really started to grow on me, and I’m curious to see how his and Lara Jean’s relationship plays out the rest of the series.

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