Publication Date: April 15th 2014
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis: 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.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review: I am really surprised how much I loved this book. Everything about it was so wonderful, the writing, the characters, the relationships and the fantastic use of detail.
Family is really important in this book, we see that Lara Jean’s mother died when she was still little, and now she currently lives with her father and two sisters.
I have always wanted a sister, and while I was reading this book I definitely felt like I was a part of the family, all the characters were described so perfectly and it was just so easy to get to know them, love them, and feel like they were your own family.
Lara Jean’s character is really amazing. Not only is she so easy to relate to, but also the kind of person that you might admire. She grows up so much in this book, she goes from being the middle child who just does what her big sister tells her, to a mature old sister who knows how to call the shots and take care of her family.
To Lara Jean family means everyting. In this book not only does she learn how to take care of her family but she also learns how to go out with her friends and have a good time. Obviously her family isn’t perfect, they fight and get jealous of each other. But at the end of the day they always make up and do everything together to help each other move and be better versions of themselves.
Like I said before the characters are all so amazing. Lara Jean’s little sister Kitty is extremely funny. I have always wanted a little sister and I would love to have her as my own sister. The two main boys in this story are so different, yet I couldn’t help to love them both. (But I’m so team Peter just so you know.) Peter is more of the bad boy who ends up actually caring and having feelings later on, while Josh is the nice and smart guy who’s like your best friend who you’ve always had a secret crush on.
This book definitely relates to real life and I feel like most people who read this book can definitely relate to it. Whether it’s the love aspect, the family aspect or the whole high school aspect, most readers will find something to relate to.
I loved how this book didn’t have instalove, and the characters got to know each other before they realized they had feelings for one another, and even then it wasn’t some fancy ending where the characters race across a field of flowers. Like I said before this book is very realistic, and I felt like the love between the characters felt like something that would happen in real life, and you’d fall in love with someone with time, rather than just instantly seeing them and knowing they’re the one.
When I got close to the end, I realized that there were still some loose ties between some of the details and I started panicking. Thankfully there will be a sequel to this book, and I absolutely can’t wait to read the rest to this series.
I definitely recommend this book to everyone, even if you don’t like contemporary books, I still recommend it because there's just so many different parts to it, that you will definitely find something you like in this novel.
I really want to thank Goodreads, Simon & Schuster and the wonderful author Jenny Han for providing me with this beautiful copy of this book. I am so grateful that I got to read this book, and I sincerely want to thank you.
Thank you so much for reading