Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: January 1st, 2014
Description from Goodreads:
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her.
They aren’t love letters than 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.
I finished reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a couple of weeks ago now and I can’t get it out of my mind. In fact, as soon as I finished reading this book I went onto Amazon and ordered the sequel.
To begin with I didn’t think I was going to enjoy To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean struck me as immature, young and definitely gave the impression that I was going to be getting annoyed. I was wrong. It didn’t take me long to fall for Lara Jean, what I once saw as childish and annoying became charming and endearing. She was such a relatable character!
“It’s scary when it’s real. When it’s not just thinking about a person, but, like, having a real live person in front of you, with, like, expectations. And wants.“
In my opinion she came out of her shell when her sister Margot left for university in Scotland, and when Margot came back it was pretty damn clear that Lara Jean had matured.
Okay, let’s move on to OTP. I did not ship Lara Jean and Josh, at no point did I want them to end up together. Firstly, it’s not cool to date you sister’s ex. Secondly, he only becomes interested when there’s someone else in the picture. He acts on jealousy and that not’s fair. If you’ve read the book then you’ve probably guessed that I was a Peter fan. He’s absolutely lovely with Kitty, and if you ask me the way into a girl’s heart is by being lovely and sweet to her younger siblings.
I really enjoyed how Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship came about, both of them with ulterior motives, trying to prove that they’re over people. The purely platonic start to their relationship allowed for the much coveted slow-burn romance. Through fake dates, sweet notes, teasing and spending a crap tonne of time together they get closer and start to realise that maybe it might not be that fake after all. I could have jumped up and down and screamed hallelujah.
I really loved To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, my Lara Jean and Peter shipping was strong, which is always a good thing! My review of P.S. I Still Love You will be up soon!
Have you read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han