To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Published : 2014
Version Read : ebook
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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.
I wanted this book to be so much more than it was. I had a quite a few problems with it in terms of plot and characters, but for what it was, I did enjoy it and I picked up the second one right after finishing this one.
I thought that the plot had so much potential but it ended up being a normal teen romance story. One that I thought was predicable and unsurprising. The major redeeming quality that I loved about this story was the strong family connections. I loved that the parents were present and involved in the story. Sure, it’s sort of a cop out to have Lara’s dad work all the time, but when he was at home it was magic.
I was confused almost throughout the whole story (actually I still am) about why Lara and Gen weren’t friends anymore. I also wish that Lara Jean had more girlfriends. I didn’t care for one friend who was never around and always into trouble.
Even though it seems like I didn’t like this book, I still think it was a decent story. I flew through it in about 24 hours. The romance was cute and I really enjoyed the idea of Lara Jean and Peter. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves YA contemporary.