Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Pub Date: April 15, 2014
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
Lara Jean 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 can pour out her heart and soul and say 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.
“I didn’t fall for you, you tripped me!”
What is made of sugar and spice, and everything nice? This book. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before chronicles the aftermath of the end of the world (read: someone mails out the secret letters Lara Jean wrote to her old crushes and now her life is over). But of course, things are never over until you are tangled up in a fake relationship and an awkward love triangle. That’s literally everything you need to know about this story.
The writing is good and the banter is witty, but our main character sounds like she’s only twelve years old. That’s probably my main critique of the novel. Lara Jean comes across as far too immature for someone her age. Even her little sister, Kitty, acts like more of an adult than she does. I was secretly hoping for some character development by the end of the novel, but Lara Jean doesn’t quite get there. The good news is that there are two more books in this surprise trilogy! There is hope for Lara Jean yet. I’m not even going to talk about the guys that she may or may not end up with because they are the least of my concerns. I want to know more about her family, especially the relationship between her and her sisters.
I’d highly recommend this book if you’re just looking for something fast-paced and fluffy to read! I have invested zero emotions into this story or these characters but it reads quick enough that I could probably finish the entire trilogy in a day. If I wanted to. But I don’t.
Maybe I’m just getting too old for books about teenagers.
Actual rating: 3.5/5