To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | Review

    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
5 Stars
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Monthly Wrap Up | August 2015

August has been the month that I really got into the bookstagram world, and boy do I love it! Not only have I been discovering the bookish world that Instagram has to offer, I also did quite a bit of reading during August! I had a bit of a nostalgia moment and re-read four books from The It Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar, up until by Amazon order arrived that it! As always, click the picture to read my review, but not all of the books have reviews!

What I’ve Read

Truth and Temptation by Riley Edgewood

Like Candy by Debra Doxer

Killing Casanova by Kary Rader

The It Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar

Notorious by Cecily von Ziegesar

Reckless by Cecily von Ziegesar

Unforgettable by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Rook by Sharon Cameron

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Currently Reading

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I really wasn’t all that big a fan of Divergent and Insurgent, but I still wanted to read the final book in the trilogy. I waited patiently to find the book with the above cover because then it matches my copies of the first, it’s the little things that matter! Tell me I’m not the only who needs a series to match!
August saw a family trip to the village of Haworth, and if there’s any Bronte buffs out there you’ll know that Haworth is the location of the Bronte Parsonage, which you can look round and then afterwards you can visit the shop. So of course I had to get a copy of Wuthering Heights because it is one of my all time favourite novels, and I got a mug and bookmark too just for god measure!
What books did you read in August? Let me know in the comments below! And for all those starting back at school I hope everything goes well!

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I probably have a lot more than ten books I meant to read in 2014 but didn’t, when I reached ten I stopped looking to avoid the book sadness and disappointment. Here’s my list in no particular order of books I really wanted to read in 2014, but I just didn’t get the chance.

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
This book is sitting on my bookshelf as I type, I bought it with good intentions of reading it immediately, sadly it wasn’t to be. I really want to read this, and I’m looking forward to (finally) starting it. I’m on placement for two months now, so finding time to read in the week is really hard, seems like it’s going to be sitting on bookshelf for a while longer.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I was pulled in by the rave reviews I’ve seen throughout the blogging world, and I liked the description, so why didn’t I read it? Honestly, I just never got round to buying it, but it’s on the list!

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
Trial By Fire is the new take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a play I love and know far too well. As soon as I saw this in Waterstone’s I knew I had to read it, now I just need to sit down and start!

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
This is another fantasy book that I wanted to read in 2014 but just didn’t get around to, fantasy as a genre is really starting to sneak into my heart.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Falling Into Place certainly doesn’t sound like a light-hearted read, it seems more like it fits in the full-on heart breaking category. It’s the only book on this list that seems like it will be hard hitting, but that’s all part of the appeal.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
This book sounds super intriguing and incredible! I want to but it immediately because I need this book in my life!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely adored Fangirl, so it was only natural to add Landline to my TBR list as soon as I saw it, unfortunately I just never got round to reading it, or even purchasing it for that matter!

Magnolia by Kristi Cook
I read a review of this book a while back and it’s been sitting on my TBR pile ever since. It sounds like my kind of book, funny, set in the South and with romance thrown in, what could a girl ask for? I hope 2015 will be the year I read it!

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
I loved the Gallagher Girls books and what I’ve read of the Heist Society series by Ally Carter, so when I saw that this book is in that genre I added it to my TBR pile immediately! I’m looking forward to reading this one in 2015!

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
This fantasy novel really appealed to me, not as much as some of the others on the list if I’m completely honest, but that being said I still want to read it.

I’m genuinely gutted that I didn’t end up reading any of these books in 2014, I still really want to read them all. Let’s hope 2015 will be our year! Which 2014 releases were you meaning to read? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!