To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I turned the page and the book was over, but don’t worry because there is going to be sequel in April 2015. WHAT. I screamed when it finished, because I really liked it and I wanted an ending. Rest assured I will read the second book just as quickly as I read this one.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the perfect book for people, like me, that like really cute romance stories. Lara Jean (I never got used to her name, something about compound names… ) accidentally finds herself in a situation nobody would want to be in. Every boy she has ever loved received a letter written by her basically professing her love. One of the boys doesn’t even get the letter, another one doesn’t even react to it, another one is okay with it, but the other two boys confront her about it.
I honestly wasn’t expecting very much about this book, but I ended up laughing out loud, getting all warm and fuzzy inside and just yelling AWW out loud. I can’t express how much I loved this book. Call me a romantic, call me simple-minded, but I really enjoyed this book. I began reading it one morning and by the end of the day I had finished it.
Like I mentioned, there are two very different and equally appealing boys in the picture. There’s Josh, the cute and nice next-door-neighbour, and there’s Peter, the popular-full-of-himself attractive boy. There’s a problem though, Josh has a girlfriend and it’s Margo, Lara Jean’s sister. The thing about Josh is that he is almost part of the family, he’s been around since forever and well, Lara Jean liked him first. On the other hand, Peter was her first kiss, the guy she fell in love first.
- Josh – I really liked him at first. He seemed really nice and loving kind of guy and he is, but after a while he seems bland. There’s nothing else appealing about him, he is just always there without any kind of contribution to the story.
- Peter – I know it’s going to sound so cliché but there’s nothing else I love more that a popular guy who has another side that nobody sees. Peter is funny, he is SO charismatic and actually a really nice guy. He even brought the van to take Kitty, come on! The relationship between Lara Jean and Peter develops in such a way that it makes you fall in love with these two.
Apart from the lovely romantic story, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before tells the story of a family of three sisters and a single father that are able to move forward after their mother passed away. It protrays really accurate the relationship between sisters, the distance felt when one of them moves away.
- Lara Jean – Apart from her name, I really liked her! She’s funny, nice, but also real, and that means she has flaws. She’s afraid of actually falling in love, that’s why she always ends up writing the letters. Nothing ever happens with the guys she likes because she is scared of finally having someone in love with her.
- Margo – She is the oldest sister and seems to have it all together. When her mother passed away she felt like she had to take care of things, including her father and sisters. There’s not much about her, given that she moves to college and well we get little bits and pieces from flash backs or stories Lara Jean tells, but one thing is certain: She loves and cares deeply for her family.
- Kitty (Katherine) – I always had to remember she was only nine years old. Sometimes she acted at least 13/14 years old, and other times she was just a kid. She brings so much fun to the story, really getting in the middle of some conversation. Overall, she kind of makes me wish I had a little sister. (Don’t quote me on that!)
Jenny Han is able to turn a simple “Girl falls in love with popular guy” into an amazing story, full of adventures, fun dialogues and cute moments! I 100% recommend To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and just keep reading, because I thought the beginning was a bit slow for my liking.
This book was part of the following list: 5 Books you should read this Summer 2014.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
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.