To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han | Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” 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?
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. (via Goodreads)
It’s not like in the movies. It’s better, because it’s real.
I’ll be honest, I’m not too a big a fan of contemporary novels (I will, however, read any dystopian book). So for me to have loved To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before as much I did is quite the milestone — this book is devour-worthy. This book’s concept is hit-or-miss and this, in my opinion, is a definite hit.
This book is cute — very, very cute. The entire plotline, what we see in the synopsis, makes this sound like the book is going to be juicy. And it is! Friends, the triangle that soon presents itself is one that has you biting your nails halfway through.
As soon as that one idea is mentioned, you know things aren’t going to go well for the characters. As soon as you see Lara Jean putting herself into this situation, you know there is only one way this can end. And sure things do end up going that way, but the twist afterward, the one near the end of the book, absolutely makes this something memorable.
There are definitely moments where some of the characters annoy me — they’re so high school (they are in high school though….), but it shapes the characters. Lara Jean is heavily presented as this “normal teenager,” but there were moments where I was annoyed by how whiny she was at some of the things that occurred to her.
I was also heavily pressed at how quickly she forgot about the fact that her letters were sent out to everyone — someoNE SENT YOUR LOVE LETTERS AND YOU’RE SO CHILL ABOUT IT?
This book was a fun, easy read that got me out of a reading slump. I have to thank Jenny Han for that, so I’ve already bought the next two installments. (Be on the lookout for those reviews).
Do you think there’s a difference? Between belonging with and belonging to?
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