Published by Simon and Schuster on 2014-04-15
Genres: Love & Romance, Young Adult
Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Lara Jean Song 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 pours out her heart and soul and says 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.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of those books that was so heavily hyped I was nervous to read it, it felt like EVERYONE gave it 5 stars. But after recently reading The Distance Between Us (Kasie West) I was on a YA Romance kick and needed something that I was sure I would love.
Lara Jean is one of those characters that everyone can relate too. I have to admit I spent most of the book not liking her, and I couldn’t put my finger on why. Then it hit me, she was so much like me as a teen that it’s painful. So of course I couldn’t stand her – everything I didn’t like about me? Was glaring at me now.
But the one thing I did love about this book? All the “surrounding” characters. Lara Jean’s family is amazing, the dynamics are intriguing and her relationships with her sisters made me miss my own sister. And the boys in this book? I loved Peter! I loved Josh – and I have to say, for once? It didn’t end how I expected it to end early on!!
My favorite line in the whole book though? It describes every fight I ever had with my sister, absolutely perfectly. (I love you kid, if you happen to be reading!)
There is a specific kind of fight you can only have with your sister. it’s the kind where you say things you cna’t take back. You say them because you can’t help but say them, because you’re so angry it’s coming up your throat and out your eyes; you’re so angry you can’t see straight. All you see is blood.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is one of those books that just reaches out and grabs you – it evokes so much emotion and is the perfect kind of contemporary YA for me, the type that takes you back to that same point in your life.
I can honestly say that this book wasn’t what I was expecting, but in the best kind of way. I think fans of Sarah Dessen will be pleasantly surprised by how much they will love Jenny Han’s story!