Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Published: 2014
Page Count: 355
Rating: 4/5

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Lara Jean writes letters to all five of the boys that she has ever loved. She even goes as far as writing the address and return address on the envelopes but she then puts them in a hatbox that her mother gave her. The letters are just for her and never meant to be sent. Until they are sent out. Now, Lara Jean has to deal with Josh, the boy next door who was dating her older sister Margot and Peter, her first kiss.

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This is my second time reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I liked it pretty much the same as I did before. It’s a cute story with some great characters, even if there are some plot holes. Lara Jean has never had a boyfriend before so to say that she loved these five boys is a tad much. I understand that in high school we can get tied up in our feelings, especially with a first crush. But I guess the title, To All the Boys I’ve ‘Liked’ Before, just doesn’t sound as genuine.

Lara Jean lives with her two sisters, Margot and Kitty and their father. Their mother died when they were all quite younger so their dad has been taking care of them. Margot has also helped out a lot but she is now going to college in Scotland so it’s up to Lara Jean to step up since she’s the next oldest. Margot and the boy next door, Josh, have been dating for a while and the entire family loves him. Lara Jean loves him. Kitty loves him. Even their father adores Josh. But Margot breaks up with him right before leaving for college. Personally, I enjoyed Josh’s character but I had some issues with him. Like that he is now kinda crushing on his ex’s sister and vice versa. That is just so wrong.

Peter Kavinsky… wow! I did not like him at the beginning. And by the end of the book, I’m still not sure if I like him. Some of the things he would say would just rub me the wrong way. Like the fact that he likes both Lara Jean and his ex girlfriend Genevieve still. He bailed on Lara Jean at one point to go help Genevieve but it’s never revealed why. Why does Genevieve still need to see her ex boyfriend? He says he will always be there for her but I thought he was trying to move on from her.

The ending of the book seemed really rushed. Margot and Lara Jean get into a huge fight and they make up so quickly. I don’t have any sisters so I can’t attest to how fast I would make up with one but I have a younger brother and we fought all the time. Also, it’s revealed at the end who actually sent Lara Jean’s letters out and it’s so obvious. Lara Jean doesn’t question who sent them out, during the entire book. I mean she knows it has to be someone who has access to her room. So friends and family are the only options and yet she never figures it out until the person responsible comes forward.

It may seem like I’m complaining more than praising this book but I promise I did enjoy it. These were just some of the issues I had with it. Overall, I think that it is well written and like I mentioned before, I enjoyed the characters. I’m excited to jump into the sequel.

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