To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a very cute book. It was a quick read that I really enjoyed. It was fast paced and entertaining. I think my favorite part about this book was the family aspect of it. The min character, Lara Jean, has two sisters and their dad. Their mother passed away when they were younger. These three sisters have the relationship I’d like to have with my siblings, or the relationship I’d like my kids to have. They support one another through everything. Everything they do, for the most part, is for their sisters. They put each other before anyone else and I think that’s wonderful. I loved reading about these three girls and seeing the ups and downs of their relationships.
Lara Jean was a very interesting character. She’s very innocent, but also exteremly intelligent. She doesn’t always ask for help when she should, but always manages to fix whatever mess she’s created. I really enjoyed reading about Lara trying to grow on her own after her oldest sister, Margo, goes off to college. Lara really makes an effort to step up and take on the role Margo played at home. She knows she needs to be a good role model for her youngest sister, Kitty. Lara was just a very good character. She was smart and always tried to do the right thing.
Her boyfriend Peter however, I didn’t like him, at all. He’s a little full of himself because he’s popular. He doesn’t take Lara seriously and treats her like a kid sometimes. But what surprised me the most is that by the end of the book, I’d fallen in love with him right along side Lara Jean. He showed his true self. Honest, caring, sweet, thoughtful, everything I never expected to see from Peter. I really liked their relationship when I finished this book. I would liked to have seen more of it though.
That was one thing I didn’t like about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the ending. It did just that, ended. It left too much open for my liking. I would have liked to see a reunion between Lara and Peter or anything really more than what Jenny Han gave us in the last few pages. This is definitely a book aimed at a younger age group, but it was a quick, fun, and entertaining read that any young adult reader would like.
Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.