Jenny Han is a staple for every book enthusiast when talking about contemporary reads. I can tell why many people enjoy her books. I am quite familiar with her other works such as The Summer I Turned Pretty series and Burn for Burn series. But, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is my first Jenny Han read and I am all but disappointed with the experience.
I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick up this book. I only got around reading it until late last year, even though I’ve had a copy since 2015. Anyway, I’ve decided to finally pick up the book for good, when I was lurking on Twitter and I found this tweet by Jenny Han. She mentioned how Lara Jean’s style speaks volumes about her introverted personality. That the opinion of other people, or guys for that matter, isn’t important because that’s what she feels pretty in. I thought that was super important! Particularly these days wherein it’s so easy to conform to other people’s standards and the idea of what’s cool or not. And so I went ahead and dive into the book.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is the first installment from the series of the same name. The story is about a teenage girl named Lara Jean. She wrote love letters to five boys she has loved without the intention of actually sending it to them. Yet, due to some incident, the letters got sent out and that’s when the comedy and drama ensues.
The book is a quick read. It’s one big fluffy story that makes you feel like cotton candy. It’s all mushy, soft, colorful, and lots of saccharine- not that I’m complaining.
I enjoyed the family dynamics here as well. In fact, it’s a fresh experience for me to read something about the protagonist’s home life. Because that’s rare even in a young adult contemporary fiction. So, thumbs up to that!
The characters are solid and fun to read. I appreciate the bond between the sisters. It’s a treat for me because I don’t have any sisters. I basically live vicariously through good books with sisters in the plot line. I didn’t enjoy Josh’s character that much, though. I must’ve spent a lot of time eye-rolling at him whenever he’s on a scene. I did that too while watching the movie adaptation. I can’t help it.
I had the time of my life reading Lara Jean. She’s my absolute favorite! Her character growth in the book is remarkable and I hope that continues on the second and third books. I relate to her on so many levels especially on her being an introvert. I feel her in a way how it’s hard for her to express how she feels or how she finds it incredibly satisfying to just stay at home and do nothing. Lara Jean is certainly one of those characters that I can easily identify with.
Now, about the romance. It wasn’t the best kind out there but it wasn’t just an okay either. Generally, I like the chemistry between Peter and Lara Jean. I appreciate the fact that their interactions are not forced to make it seem interesting or special. It felt natural. Plus, I also like the concept where they knew each other from childhood! I don’t know but I’m a sucker for those kinds of idea. My most favorite aspect of their relationship though is that they didn’t like each other right away. It took time for them to realize that they’re beginning to care for each other and eventually, liking each other. In other words, no
I had a good time reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. If you’re looking for a quick and cute read, you should definitely try this one 🙂