To All the Boys I've Loved Before Hardcover – 15 Apr 2014
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A wonderful choice for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins.--Booklist "March 15, 2014 "
About the Author
Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I've Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children's bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.
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This book was adorable, in only a way YA contemporary romances can be. I read this in one sitting on my train home from uni for the holidays, it was a very easy and enjoyable read and I’ve already ordered the second book.
Lara Jean is a very loveable character, and I really enjoyed that she was biracial, it’s nice to see someone in a book with a stated ethnicity who isn’t white as snow. As we follow her story she comes into her own and goes from a shadow of her older sister, Margot, into an independent young woman, capable of taking risks that she wouldn’t have dreamed of when Margot was still living with her. Whilst the book is a romance book, I think the more important aspect of it was Lara Jean finding herself as a person.
I really enjoyed the way this book was written, little snippets to parts of Lara Jean’s childhood and moments in her past were interwoven seamlessly with the current timeline and were nice and whimsical.
Personally, I found Josh really damn annoying, I get that he was really confused over Margot leaving, but it was like he couldn’t differentiate between the Song girls and he was just ugh. I liked Peter though, he was really well written and his relationship with Lara Jean was just cute.
I’m really excited to see what happens in the second book.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before tells the story of Lara Jean Song Covey, the middle of three sisters. Bereaved of her mother when she was just nine, her sister Margot, the sister who has always looked after her and been her surrogate mum, is now leaving for college and Lara Jean
Added to this, the love letters she wrote but never sent to all the boys she's had crushes on since middle school, letters she really only wrote for herself, to help her get over them and move on, have started popping up all over school. And when one of them falls into the hands of Peter, the boy Lara Jean fell in love with a few years ago, things start to spiral out of control.
I really enjoyed To All the Boys I've Loved Before. It had a perfect balance of screwball comedy and romance, it was lighthearted but still realistic and it left me with a really warm fuzzy feeling. The scenes where Lara Jean and Peter are pretending to be dating are like something from a Kathering Hepburn-Spencer Tracy movie.
Lara Jean came across as a tiny bit naive, a little bit twee, a bit innocent at first, but soon it became clear that this was just her personality and a result of her upbringing and I really warmed up to her. Her family were delightful and Peter was just dreamy.
I think I read somewhere that Jenny Han has the sequel coming out this year. Note to the publishers: if P.S. I Still Love You is anything like To All the Boys I've Loved Before, send me a copy, because you are guaranteed a genuine, fangirly, squeeee review.
I then pretty much devoured the book once LJ's letters got posted out and her love interests made appearances. I was very much cheering her on with both guys but there was something about Peter...and then it ended without a conclusion, or even a HFN.
So I really need to buy the second book in the series to find out what happens next.
To begin with I didn't think I was going to enjoy To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Lara Jean struck me as immature, young and definitely gave the impression that I was going to be getting annoyed. I was wrong. It didn't take me long to fall for Lara Jean, what I once saw as childish and annoying became charming and endearing. She was such a relatable character!
"It's scary when it's real. When it's not just thinking about a person, but, like, having a real live person in front of you, with, like, expectations. And wants."
In my opinion she came out of her shell when her sister Margot left for university in Scotland, and when Margot came back it was pretty damn clear that Lara Jean had matured.
Okay, let's move on to OTP. I did not ship Lara Jean and Josh, at no point did I want them to end up together. Firstly, it's not cool to date you sister's ex. Secondly, he only becomes interested when there's someone else in the picture. He acts on jealousy and that not's fair. If you've read the book then you've probably guessed that I was a Peter fan. He's absolutely lovely with Kitty, and if you ask me the way into a girl's heart is by being lovely and sweet to her younger siblings.
I really enjoyed how Lara Jean and Peter's relationship came about, both of them with ulterior motives, trying to prove that they're over people. The purely platonic start to their relationship allowed for the much coveted slow-burn romance. Through fake dates, sweet notes, teasing and spending a crap tonne of time together they get closer and start to realise that maybe it might not be that fake after all. I could have jumped up and down and screamed hallelujah.
I really loved To All The Boy's I've Loved Before, my Lara Jean and Peter shipping was strong, which is always a good thing!
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