Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 15, 2014
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.
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Rating: 4/5 stars
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the first in a duology. This book is a lighthearted, super cute read.
I really enjoyed the interactions that the protagonist had with other characters. There was a lot of fun banter throughout the book, and the family relationships were heartwarming overall. Sure, some scenes were very frustrating because I felt like I wanted to shake some sense into characters, but I suppose that comes with the territory of reading a book revolving around naïve high school students.
I would say the book was really realistic because I could definitely see myself making similar decisions and feeling similar emotions back when I was a preteen. Although the main character is 16, I felt like her voice sounded younger. I didn’t particularly mind because I still remember the mindset that I had in middle school. The protagonist’s train of thought throughout the book sounded realistic – her thought patterns would somehow bring the reader into short snippets of the past, which weaved together nicely to create a bigger picture.
This book is like one of those high school movies where the girl is clueless and trying to figure things out. The drama, romance, and story line were all pretty much what you’d expect. Due to that, I think it would be best if you were in the right mood for this book when you pick it up. I was personally in the mood for this because I’ve been extremely busy with schoolwork, so this book helped take my mind off of that.
On another note, I know that some people have complaints about how the protagonist is naïve and the writing simple, but I think that’s largely the point. This book isn’t meant to be very mentally stimulating. It was a funny and sweet read that made me nostalgic of the mindset I had back in middle school and high school. The premise of the book is absolutely hilarious, and it was a lot of fun being reminded of the things that I thought were totally the end of the world when I was younger. I would find myself smiling through a lot of scenes, recalling what it was like being at that point in time.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a quick, fun read that’s reminiscent of the teenage innocence and over-thinking that most people have experienced at one point or another. That being said, if you absolutely cannot stand it when a main character is naïve, this book may not be the best choice for you. I already own the sequel, so I’m looking forward to reading that soon! It’ll be the ideal book for when I want to wind down and revel in bookish teenage drama.
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