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Book Review

Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before
To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, Book 1

By Jenny Han
Released: 2014

 

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.

 


NOOOOOOOWAY NOT A CLIFFHANGER!!
*Checks that the sequel is available*
Whew, crisis averted 😉

OMG you guys this was SO GOOD!! I was not expecting… well any type of gravitational pull toward a contemporary romance (let alone fall in love with one) and I’m so happy right now!

Sure I watch rom-coms, but I don’t really ever want to read those stories. It takes me way way longer than 90-120 mins to read a book so I’ve effectively used that time for other interests (namely magic and myths of course). It’s no surprise then, that I get hives while walking down the adult or teen contemporary, romance, erotica, or “chick-lit” isles in the library or bookstore. Fast forward to me signing up for a free month of audible romance package and I immediately broke out.

*Facepalm*
Why in hell did I sign up for this anyways?!
*Checks forehead temperature*

It’s summer, people like fluffy summer reads, right? I like rom-com films, so it has to be an irrational fear… it must be. So I decided to challenge my comfort zone, because Why NOT?! My pros and cons list was becoming clear: the potential to gain a new favorite genre outweighed my severe adverse reactions. Crazy? Probably. But this book, this book, is proof that I’ve been so wrong for far too long about this genre!!

*Cue high-pitched squealing while running in circles*

Cliff notes version: I might be jumping the gun but… *whispers* I’m a new fan of contemporary romance!! (When done well—I’m still working on the hives haha)

Now to the nitty-gritty about why I love To All the Boys I Loved Before so much! I finally get it! I understand the joy of the warm-fuzzies and heart flutters (that are not due to my ventricular arrhythmia). The characters are well fleshed out and I cared about all of them and their varying relationships with each other.

I especially loved the sister relationships—they were SO relatable! I am a kid sister, so I know what it’s like to crush hard on the same person as my older sis. Luckily in my case, all of my sister’s actual boyfriends were NOT remotely for me, whew! I think it would have turned out similar to Lara Jean and Margot if we weren’t so fortunate. The message of “no matter anything she’ll always and forever be your sister” was spot-on!

Now for the main event: I love the fake dating trope!! I’m a sucker. It’s my jam. But, I also know it’s a great and convincing story when I don’t like someone initially and then I’m shipping them so hard I’m about to burst! :):):)

 

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I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll leave you here—just know that I was LOLing and choking up and I’m not typically an emotional reader. I love it, and you might too… even if you tend to get hives 😀

 

Audiobook Performance: ★★★★½

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before:
Book 2: P.S. I Still Love You
Book 3: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

 

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