To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

to all the boys i've loved before book cover jenny hanGenres: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 355
Published: April 15, 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover library loan

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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.

I wish I would have read this book way sooner because it is absolutely beautiful. Jenny Han writes the most romantic, compelling prose I’ve ever read.

Usually, when I read a book with action or romance, I feel a sense of urgency to get to the “good” parts, you know, where the stakes are highest and the characters about to kiss or face life-threatening circumstances… depending on the genre. But I didn’t feel that sense of urgency with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, perhaps because the prose is so engaging and each scene felt important.

It was a nice change of pace for me.

Lara Jean was incredibly endearing and easy to relate to. I think she may be one of my favorite characters ever. I am completely in love with her character, and I loved her narratorial voice throughout the entire novel. I can’t wait to pick up the next two books in the series.

As most of the internet has already seen the Netflix adaptation, I will comment on how incredibly well the movie was made to capture the same vibe and atmosphere of the novel. In complete honesty, I love the movie almost as much as I love the book.

While To All the Boys is a romcom with exceptional chemistry and funny banter, some of my favorite scenes were the ones between Lara Jean and her family members, especially her bonding moments with her sisters. There is so much heart and compassion portrayed through the characters of this book that I can’t even adequately describe it.

Reading this book felt like one big, perfect hug. Is that weird? That’s weird.

ANYWAY, I’m super late to this, but To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before is incredible, and I would love to chat about it below. If you haven’t read this book, whyyyy? And if you have, tell me what you loved! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Rating: ★★★★★

4 thoughts on “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

    1. Me too, and I completely agree! Usually I avoid seeing movies before reading the book if possible, but the two really complement each other well in this instance, and the spoilers didn’t really have an effect for me. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. I felt the same way when I read this book earlier this summer–I wish I had read it sooner! And I agree that some of the best parts were the conversations between Lara Jean and her family members. I especially love Kitty ❤ Great review!

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