To All the Boys I've Loved Before

By Jenny Han
Published on April 15, 2014
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Library
To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushed, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But on day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushed 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.
  To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the absolute Cutest Book I think I've Ever Read! This was my first experience with Jenny Han, and I can tell you that it will not be my last. Contemporary stories don't always jive with me and my not so girly self, but when they do, they really, really do.

  There are two focuses in the story. The first, in my opinion, is Lara Jean learning to take care of herself and her family after her older sister Margot goes to college in Scotland. Their mother died a few years ago leaving Lara Jean, her older sister Margot and the baby of the family, 9 year old Kitty. Margot has been the "mama" figure ever since, taking care of the family because their dad is an on-call surgeon. Lara Jean has always relied on Margot, and has never really had to grow up too much. Once Margot leaves, Lara Jean really goes through a transformation. From silly and childish, to a young woman dealing with heartache, finding out what love really means, struggling with mean girls and rumors, and still being someone Kitty can look up to and rely on.

 The second focus is the letters. There are short instances throughout the book of all of the crushes, but we only really get to know two of them. Josh Kavinsky, the super cool, super cocky, popular boy from school who was her first kiss, and Josh Sanderson the Star Wars loving, best friend forever who happens to be Margot's ex-boyfriend who was her first real love. Lara Jean is terrified of Margot finding out about her feelings for Josh, so she goes out of her way to make Josh believe she is over him. Enter Peter!

 I don't want to give more away, but I will say that the romance is very cute. It is not insta-love in the least! The relationships in the book between Lara Jean and her family are sweet and honest. And funny!The relationships between the guys are cringe worthy, sad and funny and everything in between. All in all, this book is a funny, heartwarming story. My only issue was that sometimes it did feel a bit young. Lara Jean at times acted a lot younger than her age. But that honestly did not detract from my enjoyment of this story.

 I would absolutely recommend this book to.... well, anyone! It may not be perfect, but it is definitely a book that will leave you with a smile on your face. In the end, what more can you ask for?!

                                                         ~3 1/2 Stars!

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