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

Posted May 6, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 2 Comments

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

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published on April 15th 2014
by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
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.

4.5 Stars

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a very nice surprise! While it’s a fun and light read, it also gave me more feels than I expected at first. This book is perfect to read on a hot day on the beach or when it’s cold and you’re cuddled up under a warm blanket. Pretty much always. A new favorite to add to the list.

Lara Jean lives with her dad and sisters Margot and Kitty. Their mom died a few years ago and since then Margot was always the one to take care of them because their dad has to work a lot. But then Margot goes to college far away in Scotland and Lara Jean takes over for her. One day something happens. The love letters she never send out have been posted. Including one to Margot’s boyfriend Josh and probably the hottest guy in school Peter.

When you say it like that it actually sounds pretty boring. But it wasn’t! It was an amazing story about family, sisters, friends, romance and growing up. Their dad is a great guy! He works a lot but she tries so hard to be a good father and to give them everything they need. I honestly loved him and wished I had him as a father. Margot has always been in charge of things since their mom died. Taking care of things their father doesn’t have time for. But she moves to Scotland to go to college there and she leaves Lara Jean to take her place. Lara Jean was such a fun character. Very relatable for me. She’s shy and quiet and she wrote those letter to say goodbye in a way. They were never meant to be sent out. So when they are she panics! Josh can’t know she liked/likes him! He belongs with her sister! And Peter could never like her. Not when he has a pretty girl like Genevieve.

The thing I liked most about this book was the conversations and interactions between Peter and Lara Jean. I had so many feels for both of them, which I did not expect! Some conversations really made me laugh. Like when there was a costume contest at school and Lara Jean went as Cho Chang from Harry Potter and he did not know who that was. I know, blasphemy! But their chemistry… Sigh.

Peter gives me a blank look, and disbelieving, I say, “Wait a minute . . . have you never read Harry Potter?”
“I’ve read the first two.”
“Then you should know who Moaning Myrtle is!”
“It was a really long time ago,” Peter says. “Was she one of those people in the paintings?”
“No! And how could you stop after Chamber of Secrets? The third one’s the best out of the whole series. I mean, that’s literally crazy to me.” I peer at his face. “Do you not have a soul?”

This book wasn’t predictable at all. Normally, with contemporaries I have a pretty good idea how it’s going to end up. And I’m okay with that! I love those books nonetheless! But this one was different. In the beginning I was rooting for Lara Jean to end up with Josh, but then I got to know Peter better and I rooted for him! And until about 80% in, I had no clue how things were going to end. That was quite refreshing to be honest.

I really loved every character in this book. Of course I loved Lara Jean to bits. She’s so cute and sweet and shy. I wanted to hug her! Her sisters too. Margot and Kitty are both so sweet. Kitty is adorable, really. I love their bond and their love for each other. But I loved Josh and Peter too. Flaws and all. They gave me a lot of feels! I wanted to shake every one of them at one point. I cried with them and sighed with them. Also I wanted more Lucas. He’s one of the guys that got a letter and he’s gay and I adored him! I want a book about him.

Even though I loved Jenny’s writing, it did take me a few chapters to get into the story. I think that’s just because of the style this story is told. It’s a bit different and I liked it. It just took some getting used too. But when I did, it was perfect. The romance is swoon worthy and it grows throughout the story, but it’s not really what the book is about. It’s more about Lara Jean and her sisters. And I really liked that!

This was such a fun, light but still emotional read! I adore this book, it’s seriously so cute. Definitely a must read if you’re a fan of contemporary. Even if you aren’t, try this one! Really!


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2 responses to “Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

  1. I have to admit, what first caught my attention was the cover. I just think it’s absolutely adorable. And summery, for some reason… which is why I haven’t read it yet. I have it, but I’m waiting for that perfect weekend when the weather is just right so I can sit outside and devour it. 🙂 I’m happy to see you enjoyed it!! Great review!

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