To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
Source: Provided by Chapters Indigo in exchange for an honest review.
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Hello bookdragons! I may be a bit late but I succumbed to the ‘To all the boys… » movie, loved it, and of course, had to read the book. I was lucky enough to receive the Once Upon a Summer box that included this book and so I started it right after seeing the story on screen!
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that 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 pours out her heart and soul and says 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.
A teenage romance
Aren’t you too old for that Elise? The answer is no. Well, maybe a bit. But I think we are never too old to remember the feelings of teenage love. All these emotions, the wonder, and stress, not knowing where we are going and trying to figure out how to be with someone else. Reading To all the boys full me with nostalgia and memories, remembering these first crushes I had in high school. The dreamy and romantic me who was daydreaming about book characters and real boys alike. I felt very close to Lara Jean and reading about what she was experiencing was a very sweet feeling.
Jenny Han really wrote great characters for this book: the three Song sisters, all special in their way, Josh, Peter, and the others. They were all fun characters to follow through the book. Especially Lara Jean, the narrator. She is very reliable and true in the way she tells us her story. Genuine and overwhelmed by all these new feelings.
Don’t hate me but…. can I say the movie was better?
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book. Lara Jean, the way the story was written, the innocence of teenage love… but I had a problem with Peter. He was not that kind to her many times in the book, rude or even a bit sexist, and I liked the movie version of him way better! (also Noah Centineo is super cute right?)
Have you read this book? Watched the movie? Let me know your thoughts!
See you for a cup!