Book: To All The Boys I’ve Love Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys I’ve Love Before #1
Publisher: Simon & Schuster books for Young Readers
Date Published: April 15th, 2014
Date Started: December 3rd, 2014
Date Finished: December 4th, 2014
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.
Apparently I’m in a contemporary mood this month. This is the second contemporary book this week that I’ve finished in just under a day.
Jenny Han has been on my radar for a long time. I own the summer I Turned pretty series, and I’m trying to get my hands on the Burn for Burn series, but I have never read any of her books minus a short story in My True Love Gave to Me. I have a soft spot for contemporary books, so I’m always looking for great authors to add to my collection. I was really intrigued by the premise of this book. Lara Jean is a half Korean teenage girl who has two sisters. Her mother died when she was younger, and so its just her sisters and their dad. Whenever Lara Jean gets over a boy she’s fallen in love with, she writes them a goodbye letter. She seals them, addresses them, and stores them in a hat box. However, one day, the letters are mailed to each boy and she forced to confront her feelings all over again. One letter went out to her older sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. Another went to Peter Kavinsky, the most popular boy at her school.
There was this weird love triangle with Peter and Josh. It was weird because of Lara Jean’s feelings towards the boys. It always seemed to be up in the air who she had more feelings for. I didn’t know who she wanted to pick until she actually came out and said it out right. It was weird to not be able to kind of guess who she was going to pick. You’d think she was going down one route, and then the guy does something jerkish, and you’re left there wondering what the in hell she sees in this guy. Don’t get me wrong, they had their redeeming qualities. I liked this version of a “dreamy boy” instead of the perfect guy who is always there for you and is so sweet, smells like soap and wood. This version was a bit more realistic, showing that not every one is perfect but don’t be so quick to brush them off.
I had a few issues with this story. For one, I didn’t like the love story with Josh. Hes always been there, been supportive, but I didn’t feel much connection between him and Lara Jean. I’m kinda glad though, because the next book in the series, P.S. I Still Love You, is going to introduce another one of the boys who got a letter.
One of the great things about this book was that it had a half asian character. I relate to this so much because I’m half asian as well. There were moments when other people would apply stereotypes to her, and she’d get annoyed. I was like GAH! YES! Thank you!!!
This was a quick read for me, and I’m really anticipating the next book in the series, because that ending. Oh that ending left me hanging. I need to know! If you’re a fan of Jenny Han or contemporary stories, this one is for you.