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

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Genre: YA Romance
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Format: Kindle
Length: 355 pages
Description from Goodreads:

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.

When the Netflix adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before came out, book Twitter freaked out. I had no idea what this book was or why it was so popular, but after hearing so many people rave about it, I watched the movie.

I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about. I liked it, but didn’t think it was amazing. I placed a hold on the book, and got on with my life.

Two months later and I was finally able to get the book from the library, and now I totally understand what all the hype was about.

I loved pretty much everything about this book. The main character, Lara Jean, was so similar to myself when I was a teenager and I really related to her. I loved that she was a homebody and was okay with it. She didn’t constantly feel pressured to go out and do things. She’s happy just staying at home and knitting, which is basically my life now.

She’s kind of naive at times, but I think that’s just a testament to her growing up. She seems kind of sheltered and that’s kind of led to her not really being as mature as those her age. I loved that she was a bit immature at times because it felt so real to me.

I loved the dynamic between the three sisters, even though I kind of hated Margot. I freaking adore Kitty. What an awesome little kid. I wish I was half as awesome as her, and she’s only like 10. She was so cunning and smart and every word that came out of her mouth was golden. I loved her little comebacks and sarcastic remarks. And her secret plot to get a dog was fantastic.

I also really loved the relationship they had with their dad. It was so sweet to see this family that has gone through hard times pull together and go through the hardships they face together.

So let’s talk about Peter. When I first watched the movie, I totally did not get the obsession with him. But I totally get it now. I’m very onboard the Peter Kavinsky ship. Which makes me feel like a total creep because he’s a teenager.

And I felt so bad for Josh. Even though he was kind of a jerk at some points, I knew he still had a big heart, and I felt sorry for him.

I also really loved Lucas. He’s so sweet and funny and I wish we got to see more of him. Hopefully in the next two books in the series?

Overall, this was a fun and light read that definitely brightened my mood.

 

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