Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)

Posted July 2, 2015 in 5 Star Ratings / Leave a comment!

to all the boysTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Where did I get it? I believe I found it on BookOutlet. They have new releases sometimes for super cheap!

About

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.

Cover

A pretty typical contemporary cover but I’ve seen worse. The font is really cute and fits the story well.

Initial Thoughts

I didn’t fully love the Summer series by Jenny Han so I wasn’t getting my hopes up for this one. The summary makes it seem kind of sappy and typical but I’m really glad that’s not how it turned out.

My New BFF

I really liked Peter. I could tell the whole book that he wasn’t as much of a jerk as he made everyone believe. I just felt that he could be such an intense character and I’m glad that I found out there was another book coming out while I was reading this. He’s got a long way to develop but I have a feeling that the author will do really great things with him.

My Crush

I didn’t really have a crush in this book. Maybe the next I’ll develop one!

Writing Style

There’s a lot of controversy about Lara Jean, the main character. She was extremely immature and annoying at times but I kind of felt that she was acting her age. I know I wasn’t that bad when I was 16 but seeing all the 16 year olds now I believe she fits in that age well. I’m glad that the author didn’t do anything expected in this book. Some places I thought I could guess what was going to happen and thankfully the author surprised me.

Closing Thoughts

I really, really enjoyed reading this book. While I didn’t love all the characters I thought they fit well together. I think the plot is the best part of this book. There’s room for character development in the next book for sure but I’m nervous that the plot won’t meet up to the expectations this book has left me with. I guess I’ll just have to read it and see! At the end of the day I loved reading this book and I’m glad I picked it up.

Quote

“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.”

5 out of 5 stars

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