Wednesday, August 6, 2014

REVIEW: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them... all at once?

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.    

I'm actually really surprised by how much I loved this book! Despite all the raving reviews I've seen for this book, I was still wary about whether I would like this one. 1) While I liked The Summer I Turned Pretty series, I didn't love it. 2)This just didn't seem like my kind of book.
Boy, was I stupid to be wary of this book! This was such a great book!

It's hard for me to put into words what I loved about this book. One thing that I oddy loved was how unexpected this book was. I wasn't expecting to love this book, of course, but I also wasn't expecting how the story would turn out. The book begins with Lara Jean's love letters of the past being sent out to those she wrote them for (without intending for them to see the letters), but that is only the beginning of the book. The letters just sparks events that happen in the book, the letters aren't really the focus of the book. While the whole letter thing would make a really great book, I loved how it was expanded to show the impact that these letters being sent out had on Lara Jean's life.

Now, onto the romance. I loved it. If you know me at all, which you probably don't, it is very rare for me to not have a problem with the romance. And I actually loved the romance in this book! It worked into the book so perfectly! It was slow-going, imperfect, and I just all around loved it! There are so many other things that I want to say about the romance, but I can't say it all without spoiling things. I guess you'll just have to read the book!

Now, I did have issues with all the drama in the book, since I'm not a fan of lots of drama, but that mostly just annoyed me because it interfered in the awesome romance. I also didn't like Chris (who was Lara Jean's friend). I didn't like her character and I honestly didn't see the point in having her in the story. But none of these things affect my overall feeling of the book.

This was such a perfect contemporary book! I read it in one sitting! I am really looking forward to the next book, since this is apparently a series! <highlight to view spoiler> Although, I am worried that the next book will have a love triangle and/or mess up the romance with Peter! NO! THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN!<end of spoiler> I also feel inspired to try The Summer I Turned Pretty series again. Like I said, I did like the books, but now I get the feeling that I'll love them!

I hereby give this book
5 Wheels!
Meaning: A new favorite!


  1. I've been meaning to read this book for a while now but some bad reviews made me change my mind. I'm glad you liked it though and I will read it soon. Good Review!

    1. I'm really glad that you changed your mind!
      And thanks!

  2. I've seen this cover floating around but never clicked on it. Looks like a good read--definitely going to check it out!