To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before


Author: Jenny Han

Published on: 20 March 2015

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 320

Format: Paperback

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★★★★

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the “New York Times “bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

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

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.

I was in a really bad reading slump when I started reading this novel back in May. Reading contemporary romance novels is usually the thing that gets me out of a reading slump almost instantly. Regardless, this novel is amazing. I’m able to see why so many readers love ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’. A few years back, I read ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ by Jenny Han, and I love that series much more than this trilogy.

‘To All the Boys I Loved Before’ places a greater emphasis on kinship than romance. Margret, the oldest of the 3 sisters, cares about Lara and Kitty’s well-being much more than her own. To Lara and Kitty, Margret is like the reliable older sister and motherly figure in the house.

This novel is a really cute read. I enjoy reading the turmoils and problems Lara has to face after all her love letters got sent out to the guys by a sneaky little someone *psst no spoilers!*. Some of the love letters are so embarrassing, I would dig a hole and hide in it for years till the existence of those letters disappears from the memories of those guys totally.

~SPOILERS~

It is a bummer that Lara didn’t end up with Josh. I ship the two of them together. Lara and Josh seem to be a better pairing than Margret and Josh. Nevertheless, I’m glad Lara manages to find a guy who loves her. A plus point about this novel is the growing chemistry between Lara and Peter over the course of the novel. Though they start ‘dating’ for their own personal motives initially, it is really funny when both of them discover they are developing feelings for one another.

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