To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
By: Jenny Hahn
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Book 1
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Lara Jean’s life is different than most girls. She adores her older sister and loves spending time with her. They get along and she’d much rather spend time with her than almost anyone else. She gets crushes like other girls but she won’t acknowledge them. The only acknowledgement they get is a letter that she’ll never send. When her sister goes off to college Lara Jean isn’t quite sure what to do with her days. She feels that she has big shoes to fill but isn’t quite measuring up. It doesn’t help that one of her first loves was her sister’s boyfriend, Josh. The boyfriend that her sister broke up with before she left. The same guy who keeps coming around.
When her letters go out Lara Jean doesn’t know what could have happened. She doesn’t know how they got out or how the guys who receive the letters will react. As these guys confront her about what she said in her letters Lara Jean has to figure out how to respond and deal with the things that come up from these letters. She soon finds herself in a fake relationship with someone to keep from having an embarrassing conversation with Josh. Who does she really have feelings for, the guy she’s with or the guy she wants? And what happens her sister comes home.
This book was cute, watching Lara Jean realize what she really wants and who matters to her was great. We see her realize things about herself and decide what is worth keeping. When I started this book I didn’t realize there would be a followup book. I was so happy to see that there is and can’t wait to see what will come next. I’d love to see what kind of impact her family has on the rest of the book and if we get to know her sister more as a person rather than this impressive figure.
If this book sounds interesting to you then definitely give it a shot. You’ll see Lara Jean find out things about herself she didn’t consider before and the way that sometimes things can happen that aren’t in your plan.