To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
by Jenny Han
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.
Why did I never read this series before now?
With the imminent arrival of the Netflix adaptation and some truly compelling trailers I wanted to read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before first. Needless to say I was hooked from the start and I immediately ran to the library to pick up the rest of the series so I could binge read to my heart’s content. Clearly I fell head over heels in love for these adorable YA contemporary romances!
So the premise of this story is terrifying and hilarious all at the same time. I mean, can you imagine that happening in real life? I’d die! Thankfully it turns into an endearing narrative about being yourself, opening up, and falling in love. This series also takes on changing friendship dynamics, college application fears, and so much more. Plus it’s got epic sibling/familial relationships.
Lara Jean is such a joy with her passions for baking, scrapbooking, reading, and living the quiet life. She wears her emotions on her sleeve and has wit to match the best of them. Sure there’s some love triangle moments but it actually works for the story. Peter Kavinsky though is the biggest sweetheart and he reigns supreme. Honestly I couldn’t get enough of him.
Overall the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series is a new favorite and Jenny Han has crafted something truly fantastic within theses pages. From all the foodie moments to high school hi-jinks as well as an incredibly dynamic family life, these books seriously rock! Lara Jean and Peter now hold a special place in my heart and I’m so pumped to see their story on screen.
Have you read the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series? Excited for the movie?
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