I was invited to read this as a buddy read with @thriftedition who I met through Instagram. I’ve been hearing lots of good things about this book and have been working on adding more YA Contemporaries to my reading schedule.
This was a perfect feel good edition to that “Read” pile and I definitely plan on reading more of Jenny Han’s books!
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
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.
My Review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
This book was so adorable. The concept was unique and light-hearted. Who wouldn’t want to write letters to all the boys they’ve loved, or at least read what those letters might have said if you’d written them.
Lara Jean was such a likable character and easy to relate to. At times her naivete got in the way of the story for me but once I reminded myself that this is a high school romance I was able to get passed those feelings. I think that Margot did so much for her that Lara Jean didn’t really get a chance to experience real responsibility, or even what it feels like to fail a little bit in life. She almost lives inside this bubble that doesn’t allow her to really see how reality can be. Once Margot leaves, and she decides to take more responsibility, does she feel more real.
I loved each of the letters she wrote to her crushes because each one was unique. I think my favorite one was the letter she wrote to Lucas because it was just so genuinely positive about who he was as a person and how he’d impacted her life. It made me wish that we were made to write positive letters to each other at that age. I also liked that some of those letters weren’t received/talked about because I think it would’ve made the story a bit more complicated and may have add unnecessary characters. Plus, lots of people lose touch with each other in high school so it made it more realistic.
Kitty was probably my favorite character. She’s so much fun and has the most spunky of personalities. She made this light-hearted story come to life with her humor, acceptance of everyone, and all around genuine excitement for life.
Peter K was such a fun pretend love interest. He’s so adorable and I just loved the banter him and Lara Jean had throughout the book.
I would definitely recommend this cutesy YA Contemporary to anyone who is looking for a nice feel good love story! I can’t wait to read what comes next for Lara Jean in P.S. I Still Love You!