Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Book 1)
Author: Jenny Han
Published: April 15, 2014
Pages: 369 pages
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.
What a sweet and wonderful book! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the perfect read to make you fall in love, laugh out loud, and possibly cringe from the embarrassing romantic nightmare the main character goes through.
To start it all off, I believe that one of the best aspects of this book is the way that it’s written. It really does make you feel as if you were inside Lara Jean’s head, or at least, reading her secret diary. Her thoughts were so much fun to read about and it was extremely easy to like her character. I also liked the way how it effortlessly moved us from the past to the present (and vice-versa). I’m not usually into books that move too much to the past since I feel they drag the story, but in this book, it was done flawlessly and helped complete the bigger picture.
Like I already mentioned, I really loved Lara Jean’s character. She was smart, nice, and although at times childish, she was overall a wonderful character. Her habit of writing goodbye letters to all the boys she’s ever loved was actually pretty cool, but as seen in the book, problematic if found out. Funny too. Still, many good things came out of it, like growing as a person and getting to really know the people you thought you knew.
There were a lot of feel good moments, ones that made me swoon too much. I had to force myself to decide which boy I was rooting for, and although Josh was initially my guy, in the end I couldn’t help but to fall for my Peter. But both boys are awesome.
I don’t know what I will do when I meet the other guy Lara Jean wrote a letter to, maybe he will be great and I’ll love it, but I really don’t want to change sides. Still, I’m so excited to read the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You! I bet it will be just as cute and fun to read, and hopefully better than this one (although quite a hard feat to accomplish if you ask me 😉 ).