Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Format Read: eBook
Published by Simon & Schuster on April 15th 2014
Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” 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?
Sixteen-year-old 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.
You guys know I’m not a huge contemporary fan, but I do love a cute cute flick. When I saw that Netflix was adapting Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I was totally down to give it a go. Yes, I loved it. And yes, it made me immediately want to pick up the book because that’s what a good movie does to me. Motivate me to read.
I can’t say I’m super surprised by how different the book is to the movie, because let’s be honest, it’s always going to be better. Regardless, I absolutely flew through To All the Boys on the weekend following the release of the film, and enjoyed every minute of it.
What makes this book great is not the plot (quite cliche), but its characters. I adored Lara Jean, Peter Kavinsky and yes, even Kitty whom to my surprise was a bit of a shit-stirrer. Lara Jean’s awkward yet adorable personality made her pop off the page, and it’s pretty hard for any reader to not root for her and Kavinsky’s love story. While naive, it brings me back to the good old days in high school, and how adorable young love can be.
While To All the Boys is not a literary masterpiece, it’s a great summer read that you’ll be able to fly through in a day. It’s filled with enough drama to move the plot along, and great friendships and romances that anyone can get behind.
I’ve already finished the second book in the series, which shows how hooked I was with Lara Jean’s story. This rarely happens. If you’re looking for an easy read this summer my fellow Aussies, I do highly recommend picking up a copy of To All the Boys and its sequels.