To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
“He’s looking at me like he did the day I kissed him in the hallway. Like I’m different than he thought.”
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Hardcover Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5 Stars) Synopsis:
Lara Jean 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 can pour out her heart and soul and say 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.
This book was not what I expected. After reading the synopsis I thought the book would follow Lara Jean as she reconciled with all the boys who had gotten her letters. While that was part of the book, it was also very different than I thought it would be. I think I liked it even more this way.
This book was really cute. I feel a little dishonest saying that, since Lara Jean had a few hard times through the course of the book, but in the end the main characteristic is the cuteness. The book didn’t have a lot of depth too it, and at a few points the plot moved very slowly. Not slow in a way that made me want to stop reading at all, just slow in a sort of sleepy daily life, waiting for things to happen way.
I thought the romance in this book was very well done. One of the love triangles was a bit weird, but these kinds of things do happen. And I felt it was resolved in a very good way.
The ending of the book felt a little rushed. The last few chapters could have been slowed down a bit. There was a moment in the third-to-last chapter where I was a little confused about what had happened. (Thought I think I understand now) However, the very ending of the book was just perfect. My only disappointment was that there wasn’t more!
The star of this novel was really the relationship the Song sisters had with each other. Margot, the practical older sister who felt she had to be strong for the other two. Lara Jean, the middle sister who tried to be like Margot but just couldn’t manage to be as stable of a presence as her older sister. And finally, the adorable and spunky Kitty, the younger sister who needed guidance but who also knew a lot more than she let on.
In conclusion, if you want a cute contemporary about first loves and family, this is definitely your book.