Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Audience: Young Adult
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.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a young adult contemporary that I have had on my TBR for the longest time, so I thought it was time to finally get round to it. I enjoyed reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I did find myself getting frustrated with the characters and their actions.
The first thing really liked were the majority of the characters. Even though I found myself getting frequently getting annoyed with Lara Jean, I would have loved to have had a friend like her. She did make some really stupid decisions, but I think that added to how real and authentic her character felt. I also adore Kitty and her quest for a pet dog; she added some comedic relief that I thought was necessary; otherwise, the story could have felt quite bland. The two characters that I didn’t like were Margot and Josh, there was just something about their relationships with Lara Jean that felt wrong to me, but I am curious to see where that will go in the sequels.
I found the plot of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to be a little bit boring at parts, as it felt as if we were just moving through the motions to get to the next dramatic plot point. I would have loved it to have taken longer when addressing the plot points so the story felt more connected. This is especially true with the ending, as I would have loved it to have started about 50 pages earlier so it could be properly explored.
To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before does also include my least favourite tropes, miscommunication. Miscommunication is a trope that is normally found in YA contemporary books, but in this book, it did get on my nerves. Every problem could have been solved if the characters had spoken to each other rather than jumping to conclusions.
Overall, while I liked reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before I don’t really think that it is for me, so I will not be continuing with the series. I will probably just watch the Netflix films to see how Lara Jean and Peter’s story ends.
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