Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Authors: Jenny Han
Read: 19th April, 2016
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. 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…
“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand, all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.”
I started this book a few weeks ago, and because of school I didn’t really get much of a chance to read it, but once I did I went from page 120 to 420 in a matter of hours. I loved this book!
Well, I have now found my most relatable book character/protagonist of all time. Lara Jean literally is me (minus a few details but you get the picture). I absolutely loved her as a protagonist, and I just kept finding myself thinking wow, she is so real and our thinking patterns are so similar. It was so great to be able to read from her perspective, this is only one of the reasons I’m hoping to re-read this book in the future.
In terms of other characters:
Kitty: was so cute, and although at times I thought she acted a little old for the age she was supposed to be, I got used to that and realised that’s just her. She ended up being one of my favourite parts of the novel.
Margot: she is the only character that annoyed me a little bit throughout the book, even when she wasn’t really in it. Although she also had various aspects of me in her…I basically just said I annoy myself, which is true, but anyway… In the end, everything comes together and it is understandable why I may have had the tiniest of problems with her.
Josh: I couldn’t quite figure out what I thought about this guy, but I did not ship him with Lara Jean. At times he was cute, then he was cold, but he was a great addition to the story.
Peter: Oh peter, kill me now, this guy was beautiful, I loved him so much! He wasn’t quite that annoying ‘bad boy’ trend, even though he was kind of painted to be by everyone else. But whenever we read about him, he was nothing like that, which I loved. I could read about him all day.
The dad: was super cute, and I loved him being an addition to the story, I also loved that cooking scene with the salty food, hilarious!One of the things I loved most about this book was the family dynamic. It was written so beautifully, and was such a huge part of the story, so much so that it was basically half, or more than half, of the focal point of the novel.
One of the things I loved most about this book was the family dynamic. It was written so beautifully, and was such a huge part of the story, so much so that it was basically half, or more than half, of the focal point of the novel.
Being so close to my family, I really appreciated this, and it was refreshing to see how important family is in a YA novel.
Another thing I adored was all the Harry Potter references, that literally added SO much to the story, and made for one of the cutest scenes ever, if you’ve read it, you probably know what I’m talking about. Along with this, the Peter Parker costume, I’ll say no more.
I also loved the multi-racial aspect of the story. I’ve never really read too many novels with cultural features woven into the story, but I really enjoyed it in this case!
It was also just really nice to read a love story that was so progressive throughout the novel, and didn’t hit you right in the face at the beginning of the story.
The ending was fantastic, I feel like the brick wall that was built between Lara Jean and Margot was not only broken down for them, but for me too. All my tension towards Margot was instantly released, so obviously I may have been just a little connected to the book…?
The only thing that I was upset about was that there was no real resolution in terms of Peter/Lara Jean! How could it end like that? Now I have to buy the second book just to find out what happens with my baby, Peter.
I urge everyone to read this book! It was so sweet, and perfect, and just so heart warming. Please do yourself a favour and read it. It’s definitely going straight to my favourites list.