How did I get it?:
I bought it!
Previously read by the same author:
The Summer I Turned Pretty
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 was really, really expecting to adore this book. Not that I had read any Jenny Han before, (I’ve only recently read The Summer I Turned Pretty) but that so many people were raving about it, I thought it must be amazing. I think I listened to that hype monster a bit too much, because whilst I did thoroughly enjoy this book, it wasn’t the five star read I expected it to be. That’s not the fault of the author, of course. It was my own expectations.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before centres around Lara Jean. Lara Jean has written many letters to a number of her crushes throughout the years. She of course, never expects them to be sent. Lara Jean tells each boy what she loves and hates about him. Somehow (I guessed how) the letters are taken from Lara Jean’s room and sent to each boy. Lara Jean learns about it when one of the recipients approaches her to discuss her letter.
For some reason, I thought that the story was going to focus more on the mailing of her letters. I thought she would be suffering at school as the letters spread around. I thought our main character would be a lot more embarrassed and have to deal with the fall out. Whilst some of Lara Jean’s embarrassment was revealed, it wasn’t to the extent that I had anticipated. The book focused more on her relationships with two male characters.
Even though this story didn’t centre around what I had expected it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I found it to be an incredibly cute and easy to read contemporary book. I really liked the relationships between the sisters. I thought they were all great characters in their own right. I’m not the biggest fan of a love triangle but in this book the romantic relationships are well written. It’s never too much and a case of insta-love. Whilst I didn’t really agree with Lara Jean acting on feelings for her sister’s ex, I thought the romance itself was sweet.
Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars