I threw To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han into the recommendations for February’s COYER book club. I originally read it back in 2018 and managed to completely forget where the first book ended. When I put it in for a rec I was remembering the entire story arc and not the cliffhanger ending of the first book.
After a second pass through, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before really held up. I found myself enjoying the story all over again. I really liked that Lara Jean has some pretty big growth over the course of this story. She starts out so unsure of herself because she depended so much on Margo.
By the end of the book, I feel like she’s starting to figure out who she is and what she wants. We discussed during book club that this isn’t specifically just a romance but really more about Lara Jean and her growth. I really liked that perspective.
My opinions on the characters didn’t change too much. I still think Kitty was a big brat but I cannot hold a grudge so I understand why Lara Jean forgave her so quickly.
One place where my opinion changed is Margo. I’m an eldest daughter so I understand the sense of responsibility to your younger sibling(s). BUT I feel like Margo crossed a line when she [spoiler]ratted out Lara Jean to their father without verifying the story first.[/spoiler] I still loved Lara Jean and Peter.
I have a feeling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is going to be a trilogy that I keep coming back to every few years. It is a sweet bright spot in YA contemporary romance.
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