To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han {Stephanie’s Review}

Posted May 3rd, 2021 by in *Review / 0 comments

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han {Stephanie’s Review}To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Also by this author: To All the Boys I've Loved Before, The Summer I Turned Pretty
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Also in this series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before, To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 369
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Read in: Februar 2021
Reading Challenges: 2021 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” 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?

Sixteen-year-old 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. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

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 View 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.

Stephanie

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2021 GoodReads
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