Jenny Han is hands down my favorite YA author. I loved The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy and I loved her co-writing in the Burn for Burn trilogy. When I saw she had a new novel coming out, I couldn’t wait to start reading it.
*Funny story. I thought I was reading the full book on Pulse It, but to my surprise it turned out to only be an extended excerpt, so I was all frantic because I’m currently “banned” from buying any more books, so I had to rush to the library and get it because I was already so sucked into the story that I couldn’t wait.*
To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
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.
(Summary from Goodreads)
I flew through this book in one day and that’s not because it’s a short book (which it isn’t short, 288 pages). It was just so amazingly good that I couldn’t put it down for anything. I got sucked into Lara Jean’s story and had to know what was going to happen next.
I loved Lara Jean, in a way because she reminded me of myself when I was in high school. She is shy and timid and doesn’t have a lot of self confidence. At one point in the novel (no worries, it’s not a spoiler) she says something about how she never wanted to be in a relationship before because it was so much more that just thinking about being with someone and how when you actually are with someone, they have needs, wants and feelings that you now have to be aware of. I always felt that way when I was younger and that’s often what made me shy away from serious relationships. As for Lara Jean’s sisters, eh…I really did not like Margot at all. She was constantly moody, yet wanted to place the blame on other people. Kitty I liked and she almost felt like my own little sister by the end of the book. I don’t want to go into much detail about the five guys who got the letters, but I did enjoy the three that we got to know in the story.
When those five boys got Lara Jean’s love letters, I knew right away how they got them and thought that part was pretty predictable, although it didn’t take anything away from the story. I also loved the “love triangle” I guess it could be called, that went on between two of the boys and Lara Jean, although I wasn’t always happy with the choices that were made. I keep wanting to say more, but I don’t want to give anything away. The easiest thing to say right now is that I basically loved everything about this book. I also love how there will be a sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, released in 2015 (anticipated in April of 2015), but I don’t know how I’m possibly going to wait until then to read it.