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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

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Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (1)

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"Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent"--
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UPDATE: Just as good the second time around and TOTALLY recommended on audio!! Lovedddd it!

Lara Jean's Junior year is off to a rocky start. First her older sister, Margot- the planner, has left for college in Scotland. And then a box of Lara Jean's "love letters" goes missing. These aren't so much love letters as they are goodbyes to the boys she's crushed on over the years. When she's over a crush (or trying to talk herself over one), she writes a goodbye letter, addresses it, and puts in in her hat box. But when the letters get mailed out, all hell breaks loose. First, Peter Kavinsky, a blast from Lara Jean's middle school past, gets a letter, which is pretty embarrassing. Worse, Josh, her next door neighbor and Margot's newly ex-boyfriend, gets his, completely humiliating and terrifying her.

To get out of this mess her master plan becomes convincing Josh that she absolutely does not have the slightest bit of feelings for him. At any costs. And maybe, just maybe, if she can convince him that it was just a lame, nothing crush, he won't tell Margot.

My Thoughts:
This book made me so happy!! I wanted to love it and I did! If I were to make a list of "me" books, this would be on it. By "me" books, I mean books that just feel like home to me... books that feel like they're coming out of my own head, even though they're clearly not. I don't know if that makes any sense, but this book is written in JUST the way I like.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a happy, light, fun, awesome book. It's about these adorable 3 sisters and how they've adapted to growing up without a mother. There's Margot, the sensible mothering-type who is about to leave for college in SCOTLAND. Lara Jean, our main girl, the more emotional sister. And Kitty, the baby of the family, who is stubborn/determined. And of course there are boys involved. Lara Jean has been in love with the boy next door, Josh, but he just happens to be Margot's boyfriend. When Margot leaves everything goes haywire and all of Lara Jean's former crushes find out about her feelings... including Josh.

I don't even know what to say about how cute and happy this book is except to tell you to read it! At times it was hard for me to relate to Lara Jean because I'm such a do-er. Lara Jean is happy to just live in her head, dreaming of fun and romance, but never actually living it. Actually the actual living it part scares the crap out of her. But even though I am SO not like that, it's hard NOT to like Lara Jean. She's funny and playful, she just doesn't take risks.

I have to say the best part of this book was the family. I loved the sisters and the dad... all their family traditions... the way the girls interacted and took care of each other... everything. There really was nothing about this book I didn't love... except maybe the end. Lara Jean does get a little overly-dramatic towards the end, but I guess not everyone gets worked up over the same things. Some things that were crazy-big deals to Lara Jean, were just meh to me.

I am in love with Jenny Han's writing and storytelling ability. I will now pout because this is a duology and I want MORE!!!

OVERALL: A cute, fun, perfect Contemporary book. I loved how happy this book made me. It's about boys and relationships, but it's also about FAMILY. And the family in this book is amazing. I love all the quirky, silly, fun things thrown in throughout this book and I just want to recommend it to everybody. I can't wait for book #2!!

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  Michelle_PPDB | Mar 18, 2023 |
interesting title, didn't live up to it. ( )
  Alarine | Mar 8, 2023 |
Though I didn't enjoy this one as much as I thought I would, it was a solid read.

My favourite aspect of this book was actually how Lara Jean was half Korean and how her, her two sisters, and their caucasian father really embraced this identity. We need diverse books, and to me it's a treat to get this perspective added in. I especially enjoyed hearing about their cooking.

The premise was set up differently than I imagined it would be, with Lara really only having feelings for one of the five boys. After the first few chapters, this part didn't play that big of a role at all, and it was more Lara Jean pretending to be in love with one guy so another will think she doesn't love him.

Really, almost as important as her love life was Lara Jean's relationship with her sisters. Margot, her seemingly perfect older sister, has just gone to college leaving Lara Jean to take care of her father and nine-year-old sister Kitty. I adored seeing their relationships change--how they fight but mature almost simultaneously.

Josh as a character really frustrated me and I found it hard in places to see why the Song girls adored him other than out of habit. Peter, on the other hand, I found sweet and I enjoyed seeing him dive into Lara Jean's family.

This book had some really funny moments and was very easy to read. ( )
  whakaora | Mar 5, 2023 |
Finished this book days ago and I need to review it before I finish book two.

Anyway does the Netflix movie use the same plot? 'Cause I saw it and I remembered nothing of it. Super-weird.

The plot, as it is, is pretty convoluted so that the fake dating can take place, but once everything is set in motion it's very cute and enjoyable. Mostly predictable but I didn't expect much else.

Loving the cover. When you leave it stretched out upside down it looks so nice and the cover gives me a dreamy teen feeling. ( )
  upontheforemostship | Feb 22, 2023 |
Surprisingly, I liked the movie more ( )
  jhellar | Jan 14, 2023 |
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The book is definitely a fun roller coaster ride of emotions in the best way. You will fall in love with the characters by the end of the first book. The book is so intriguing, it will keep you up wanting more and this is the exact reason why I love that it's a series of three books. I totally recommend this YA romance book. It is sure to get you out of a reading slump. The romantic scenes will have you shrieking in excitement, You’ll want a Peter K of your own by the end of the book.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jenny Hanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Ahn, AliNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becerril, MartaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Biasci, AnnalisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cummins, Lucy RuthDesignersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howell, NancyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Keating, Laura KnightNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Landa, LeonieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wolf, AnnaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Josh is Margot's boyfriend, but I guess you could say my whole family is a little in love with him.
Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That's part of the risk. I don't want to be scared anymore.
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