"To All the Boys I Loved Before"
Updated: Apr 27, 2021
What would you do if all your crushes knew how you felt about them?
Originally posted in 2018.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han is a young adult contemporary romance novel about Lara Jean Song who writes 'love letters' to boys she has huge crushes on but doesn't want to love anymore. She keeps these letters in a hatbox until one day, the letters get out.
Lara Jean starts a pretend relationship with one of the boys she wrote a letter to so that another boy she wrote a letter to (who happens to be her older sister's ex-boyfriend) can stay friends with her without things being weird. This book is extremely cute and shows what it's like to have your first real love and to question what love really is.
“I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I want to be brave. I want . . . life to start happening. I want to fall in love and I want a boy to fall in love with me back.”
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There weren't that many things that I did not like about the book except for Lara Jean's older sister Margot. For some reason, to me, her character just seemed really full of herself and acted like she knew better than everyone else. But towards the end of the book, I realized she was just a young woman afraid to be alone in the world.
I really truly enjoyed this book and it's hard for me to enjoy and connect with YA novels recently. After finishing this one, I started the next book in the series P.S. I Still Love You. I would also advise reading this before watching the #netflix movie based on it. After watching the movie, it kind of falls flat and loses a lot of what made the book great.
I give this book a 5/5 star rating.
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