Author: Jenny Han
Series: (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)
Published: April 15th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Summary: 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.
Review: Oh you guys, I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han! Like LOVE!!! I’d wanted to read this book for ages. I’m huge fan of Jenny Han’s Summer Trilogy and been craving for the summery, light romance feel story from her. So when I saw this, mind you without even the seeing book cover, I knew then that it belonged to my overflowing TBR shelf. And then I saw the cover and I think I fell in love all over again. I knew that I need to read it as soon as it is available.
What’s not to like? I couldn’t think of anything because the three hours I’ve spend reading it was worth it. Every second was super-duper fun. My sister read this first and she was flailing like rabid fangirl that she was (but a little over than normal). Her reaction was the last nudge I need to pick it up. I immediately jumped into it and man, am I not prepared with the cuteness that is Peter and Lara Jean.
So here’s the story: Lara Jean wrote letter to the boys she loved. But unlike normal love letters she didn’t plan to send them out, she kept them hidden in a box. The letters were her goodbyes to her feelings to those boys. But the unimaginable happened, her letters were sent out. Peter, her first kiss back in seventh grade, approached her and told her about the letters. But he was the least of her worries because the guy she currently loved, Josh, who happened to be her older sister’s boyfriend (well, not anymore at that time, but can you see the awkwardness) received it as well. She didn’t want to complicate things between them so she decided on a plan: made him believed that she didn’t have any feelings for him by asking Peter to be her pretend boyfriend.
Ok, I need to stop right there because I might explode all the juicy and sweet tidbits and you don’t want me ruining everything for you, right? You don’t! I swear, this book have too many sweet rainbow feels to it. I really liked Lara Jean. She’s simple, she’s awkward, sometimes funny and sarcastic; she’s this nice girl that bakes cupcakes for her sister PTA sale and shops cute outfits online. But even though she has the cliché front thing on her, there’s so much in her that you will like, relate even. She has this sort of personality that is so relatable that it was like watching your friend’s story unravels in front of you. And that was what happened to me.
In case you’re wondering there are five letters that were mailed but only two of them matters (at least to me). Both her relationship with Peter and Josh are interesting but I like Peter’s the best. Their dynamic was so natural; they weren’t romantically embellished or formulaic to make you swoon, it was what it was: naturally developed. And that’s what I liked the most. I was telling my sister that my favorite moment of them was during the Halloween party. It was so cute (yeah, girl give him a dose of your spell!)
I highly recommend this book (and I rarely do recommendations). If you want light contemporary book, I think you’ll hit the jackpot with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. And gaaaah, what’s with the ending?! I so want the sequel now!!! *begs*
Preview Quote: “I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I want to be brave. I want . . . life to start happening. I want to fall in love and I want a boy to fall in love with me back.” — Lara Jean