Review | To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Posted February 17, 2015 by Tina in Reviews / 0 Comments

Review |  To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 15th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 355
Format: Kindle Edition
Source: Library

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.

The title, the cover and all my instagram buddies were raving about “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” made me want to get myself a copy to read. I was in the mood for a fun girly book and I got exactly what I was looking for. I was excepting a book of old love letters to past loves, re-reading them only to realize the person you’re with now is the person for you. That was so not this book but that was perfectly fine with me.

We meet the Song sisters, who are named Lara Jean, Margot, and Kitty. Lara Jean is our main protagonist. She is the middle child trying to find her way. She is a bit naive and childish at times however she is likable. I could relate to all three sisters, each had a piece of me in them and reminded me of my sisters (there is three of us just like the Song sisters).

Lara Jean has been in love 5 times. To move on she writes all her feeling down as a good bye then puts it in her hat box and leaves it there. Then the unthinkable happens her letters are mailed out to each boy and now she must face them. I could relate to the letters Lara Jean wrote, I have always been better at writing my feelings rather then saying them out loud. I would just write it all out on paper and tuck them away leaving me some peace to move on. I love being able to relate to character it makes me love the story that much more.

One of five boys whom she wrote the letters to happens to be Josh, Josh happens to be the next door neighbor and Margot’s ex-boyfriend. Lara can’t admit her feeling for Josh so she makes up a lie that she is dating Peter one of the most popular boys in school and also another boy who has received a letter from Lara Jean. Lara Jean and Peter decide to start fake dating coming up with a contract to make Josh and Peter’s ex believe they have both moved on. Soon the lines of pretend and reality begin to get blurring. You’re left wondering what’s going to happen but no worries P.S. I still love you will be out in May and all our questions will be answered.

What I loved most about the book was the strong family ties. I could relate to it because it was always my sisters, mom and I but for Lara Jean she had her dad. I also could relate to Lara Jean and Margot. I am the oldest so I would help my mom out with my sisters when she was at work or school. I was constantly on my middle sister to do this or that to get into a good school just like Margot. I could admit that I saw pieces of me in Lara Jean, I was a bit naive and didn’t always see things how they really were.

Overall, this was such a cute story. It was the perfect fast-easy read to get you out of your reading slump if you are in one. But boy does the ending leave you saying “NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!” but like I said no worries P.S. I still love you will be out in May and I for one cannot wait!

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