Hiya! Today I’m going to talk about To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Because the trailer of the movie adaptation got released, I thought I might as well read the book. And I’m glad I did!
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Scholastic Children’s Books (UK), Simon & Schuster BFYR (US)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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. – Goodreads
This book was really cute and I loved it. When I read the plot first, I thought this book was going to be Lara Jean just choosing who she wanted to date. But I had no idea there was a fake relationship in this! That was such a great surprise and I loved seeing it play through.
I loved Lara Jean, but I didn’t love her sisters. Kitty sometimes annoyed me, but there were some good parts of her, and Margot was not my favourite. She was just always hating on Lara Jean’s love life and not giving her a chance to explain it. But their dad was pretty cool. And so was Chris. Chris was a really cool friend, and she was honestly the greatest.
Now, Peter and Josh. I really like Peter. He’s funny and it seems like he cares about Lara Jean and also Kitty, and he’s just a cool bloke all around. Josh was also great, but I think he handled his crush on Lara Jean badly. He should’ve spoken to her about his feelings instead of kissing her, especially when he had gone out with Margot.
The writing of this book was overall really light and cute, but there were some sections that read like this was Jenny Han’s first book. Some of the scenes sounded very juvenile, and the pacing was stilted. Like, one minute Lara Jean is talking about her movie date with Peter and the next, she’s in the car park after the date. It would’ve been nice to know what happened inside the movie theatre. Maybe Peter could’ve moved his hand ever so slightly, and Lara Jean internally freaks out because she thinks he’s about to hold her hand. That would’ve been a scene I’d love to read.
I also think Margot and Lara Jean’s resolution was a little strange. There was no explanation as to whether they had stopped fighting or not. I just needed a little bit more to really understand some points. But the rest of the book was good.
Now, onto the last big point. THE FOOD. Oh my goodness, all the descriptions of food had me so hungry reading this book. I want a cafe that serves only what is in this book . That would be the best thing ever.
I also saw the trailer for the movie coming out, and it looks really good. But the guy who plays Peter is not who I was imagining when I was reading. Not. At. All. I’m not mad though; he seems like he can play a great Peter, but the Peter I’m visualizing is THE Peter for me. But now I’m sad, because I don’t have Netflix, and won’t be able to watch the movie.
To wrap it up, this was a really good book, it had some great characters and funny scenes, and I’m definitely reading the rest of the books in the trilogy.
So that is it for my review of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I hope you enjoyed this review, and be sure to let me know what you thought of this book in the comments. I hope you have a lovely day and I will see you soon, bye!