To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)by Published 20 Mar 2015
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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.
"To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)" Reviews
REREAD #2: February 2018
So I absolutely frikkin ADORED this book when I first read it and proceeded to order book 2 immediately and then wait in agony for it to arrive. And then (remember: SO MUCH AGONY)...I proceeded to not read it. Because my ship. My ship. Anyway I went ahead and forgot the whole thing so that's great of me. I'm only now rereading it because I own the second two books and intend to read them soon.
SOMEONE HOLD ME TO IT OMG or I'll just keep rereading this one until my heart explodes.
• this book is so freaking cute and adorable
• and all the fOOD
• this is everything I need in a fluff contemporary
• lowkey hate Josh and Margot (she is so callous and totally dismissive of Lara Jean's anxiety)
• speaking of which I LOVE how Lara Jean's anxiety was represented. I don't think she has a disorder, she's just a bit anxious but !! I love this !! in books !! It's so relatable to have lowkey anxiety in books as well. <3
• Kitty is absolutely fantastic and also Slytherin
• Lara Jean is like the Hufflepuff amongst all these Slytherins it is good
• Lara Jean's life is like "is this aesthetic because that's what matters" and that is such quality I can get behind
• get this girl onto Pinterest
• did I mention how hungry i am
• ALSO MY SHIP IS LARA AND PETER SO BADLY I CAN'T STAND MYSELF PLS LET IT SAIL ARTHGGHAGH
• omg fan
READ #1: Sept 2016
I actually love this book FAR TOO MUCH. And I am actually genuinely in a mood because it's over and I NEED THE SEQUEL AND I DON'T HAVE THE SEQUEL. I'M SERIOUSLY UPSET. I'm supposed to be a Vulcan who doesn't even love contemporary that much...WHO AM I. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. I freaking loved this book and I'm just over here sobbing.
Okay okay let's talk about it SENSIBLY. (Omg where is my Vulcan soul, come back here you runaway.)
And obviously I'll just write a list of all the things I NEED TO FLAIL OVER in this book:
• It's delightfully diverse! With Lara Jean being half Korean ergo biracial.
• And IT HAS SISTERS. Like I seriously love sister books because I have one or four of them myself. So it's enormously relatable. Plus Lara Jean sort of has this rift with her older sister when Margot goes off to school...and it just really hit home for me. 3 I really really really related to aaaaall the sisterly dynamics in here. This is so what it is to be sisters. YA WANNA KILL 'EM AND HUG 'EM SIMULTANEOUSLY.
• Did I mention Lara Jean is fantastic?!? She is quiet and likes to be at home and she loves baking and she knits and scrapbooks and SHE IS HAPPY TO BE HER. I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH I COULD CRY!! Plus I generally find the "quiet" people in books tend to also be seriously boring. Was Lara Jean boring?? HAHAAH #NOPE. She was so interesting and fun and witty and also scared and reserved and just...she felt like absolutely a real person. Which is what I want to read about!
• BLESS THESE CHARACTERS. BLESS THIS BOOK.
• Okay it is a love triangle...but it is a downright amazing one. And it's complicated. Because Lara Jean writes letters to boys she's loved as a "let go" thing. But someone sends them (!!) and the boys get them (!!) and her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh, gets one. In order to NOT lose face with Josh (hello, he's her sister's!) Lara Jean "pretends" to get together with Peter Kavinsky. Peter and Lara Jean are totally using each other and it's all a fake relationship...at first. But the basic gloriousness of it is: (A) both boys are interesting and complex characters, and (B) I liked them both a lot at the beginning, and (C) it wasn't a case of Lara Jean being "in love with two people". IT WAS NEVER LIKE THAT. So I loved this triangle!! Perfection!
• I absolutely freakishly enormously LOVE PETER KAVINSKY. I can't breath. Someone send help. No no send cookies.
• And Josh started off cool but then?? eh. No.
• Also I kind of hated Margo, but whatever. Kitty (who is the 9yo sister) was fantastic so that makes up for it.
• ALSO DID WE TALK ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF FOOD IN HERE YET??? This is true foodie fiction. I'm not even kidding: there is AT LEAST food mentioned in every chapter. Like meals and outings and ice cream and baking (SO SO MUCH BAKING) I literally died several times. NO I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING. I had to stop reading and go eat a banana muffin and sour cream because I was starving. Curse this book omg.
• ALL BOOKS SHOULD BE THIS FOODIE. It fully gets an extra star for the food. It does. I'm not even ashamed.
• Also the character development?!??!?? I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. I just...I ship Lara Jean and Peter so bad someone hold me I'm crying. I'm a wreck. UGHGGH. But I love how Lara Jean developed over the course of the book and I loved how the book wasn't completely angsty or anything. It was just beautifully written and interesting and fully captivating.
• I like it.
• HAHAHAH JUST KIDDING I LOVE IT.
(Excuse me, I need to go sit down, I've fangirled too much and I don't know what to do with myself.)
(Also I want to eat.)
(Darn this book.)
Lucas smiles. "You're so cute," he says, and I perk up again. Then he says, "Listen, can you not tell anybody though? I mean, I'm out, but I'm not out yet. You knwo what I mean?"
"Totally," I say, super confident.
"For instance, my mom knows but my dad only kind of knows. I haven't outright told him."
"I just let people believe what they please. I don't feel like it's my responsibility to quantify myself for them. I mean, you get what I'm talking about. As a biracial person, I'm sure people are always asking you what race you are, right?"
I haven't thought of it that way before, but yes yes yes! Lucas just gets it. "Exactly. It's like, why do you need to know?"
"My favourite food is cake"
"What kind of cake?"
"It doesn't matter. All cake."
"You jsut gave me so much shit for not picking," he begins.
"But it's so hard to pick one kind!" I burst out. "I mean, there's coconut cake, the kind with white forsting that looks like a snowball -- I like that a lot. But then I also like cheesecake, and lemon cake, and carrot cake. Also red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate cake with chocoalte ganache frosting." I pause. "Have you ever had olive-oil cake?"
"No. That sounds weird."
"It's really, really goood. Really moist and delicious. I'll make it for you."
Peter groans. "You're making me hungry."
YOU AND ME BOTH, PETER. [SOBBING BECAUSE NEEDS CAKE]
Well... That was disappointing.
I absolutely could not stand Lara Jean's voice. She sounded like a child, even though she's 16 years old. STOP. She also cried any time something mildly unfortunate happened, and that got old real fast.
I fail to see how any of the romance in this book was cute. There are two love interests, and both of them were horrible. I wasn't rooting for either of them at all.
ALSO, the letters, which I thought would be a big part of the story, were really only used as something to spice up the plot near the beginning, and once they had served their purpose, they stopped mattering. Lara Jean didn't even seem to care who sent them out, or why, and that really bothered me. Who would just be like OH WELL. LOL MOVING ON.
It started out as a fun, light read, but it lacked substance, which is why I didn't really enjoy it.
The Blurb: 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.
The Reality: Privileged, boring, 16-year-old girl (whose "voice" sounds closer to 12) feels sorry for herself because her sister's boyfriend doesn't want her. Until he does. Conclusion? There is none. Just a lot of faffing about, moronically pining, and an inconclusive non-ending.
2014 Contemporary YA sucks. So many books I've been looking forward to have let me down. Other books that I've taken a chance on have also let me down. Honestly, where are the sophisticated but no less realistic and dramatic voices of authors like Melina Marchetta or Courtney Summers? Why does every YA narrator have the same recycled, immature narrative voice? I am seriously starting to wonder if Young Adult has ran its course. My reading of the past few years has been defined by trends in YA; I've been propelled towards dystopias and fantasy novels with teen protagonists and I've loved, hated, laughed, cried and obsessed. Now I have to wonder: has the "genre" finally ran out of steam?
To All the Boys I've Loved Before is about a girl called Lara Jean who's been crushing on her sister's boyfriend since before they were together. Her sister, Margot, will soon be leaving for college so she breaks up with said boyfriend - Josh - leaving him behind and single and oh so heartbroken. Then there's the other part of this story: Lara Jean has written love letters to all her past crushes (5). Never sent them, of course, just written down the emotions and angst as a kind of release. Now a mysterious someone [spoilers removed] has sent all her letters to the respective crushes, including Josh.
Obviously, Lara Jean is mortified and decides to deal with the embarrassment by pretending to be in a relationship with one of the recipients who has some issues of his own - Peter. Drama ensues. Josh changes his mind. Lara Jean starts to think that maybe she has feelings for Peter. But does Peter have feelings for her?
It amazes me how little Lara Jean seems to realise that it's kinda weird for her to seriously pursue a relationship with her sister's ex. But whatever, it's not like that's my main problem with this book. My main problem is Lara Jean herself. She is immature, naive, silly, spoiled and behaves (and thinks) a lot younger than she actually is. I guess there's a fine line between innocence and annoying, upper middle class ignorance, but I find that Lara Jean is heading towards the latter. I know teenagers tend to have a silly obsession with boys (or girls, whatever) but her narrative voice is so childish, whiny and uninteresting that it's hard to sympathise with her at any point.
And she never learns, never develops, never grows. Time and life experiences have come and gone by the time this novel ends, but LJ is the same old girl. Forever lacking in charisma.
Very flat, dull and pointless book.
For you lil whippersnappers out there who haven't heard the song with the same idea, get to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqryI...
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I read this in a day. SO CUTE.
Follows a girl called Lara Jean and through her life she has written letters to all the boys she has loved in her past, she keeps these letters safely tucked away from the word. However, one day she finds they are gone, her letters have been sent out, and everyone she has ever loved now knows. Including her older sisters ex-boyfriend. This story follows Lara Jean as she struggles with her relationship with her older sister and her past loves.
It had so many levels, yes it was a "love story" but it also focused on the relationship between sisters and family. I really really enjoyed this, and when I read the last page I actually got angry because I wanted more. I really hope this is a series.
Straight out of a Taylor Swift song.
Disclaimer: I do like Jenny Han, I love her covers, and I think she's a good writer. With all that being said, I have to comment on the characters.
Please don't take this too seriously.
Lara Jean is an invisible, Potterhead, Tumblrite, anime fan, non-partygoer, aka: Relatable teenager.
...So typical teen Lara Jean writes love letters which she never sends to her crushes, in order to get over them:
“If love is like a possession, maybe my letter are like my exorcisms”
One day, all her letters are accidentally sent!
Now invisible girl is forced out of her shell, when popular cool boy asks her to be his fake gf in order to make his ex jealous!
Things are even more complicated, since she has a major crush on her older sisters boyfriend. Like, she totally stole him from her! He was Lara Jean's friend first!
What an interesting, never before seen, 10/10 romance, right?
Let me show you how amazing these characters are through quotes:
“Peter smiles, and ugh, it's annoying how handsome he is.”
I know she's a teenager, but you'll be hearing how annoyingly handsome he is in every chapter.
"He starts to run his fingers through my hair, and it feels so nice I can't think straight. It's better than getting my hair washed at the salon. I move my hands down his back and along his spine, and he shivers and pulls me closer. A boy's back feels so different than a girl's back- more muscular, more solid somehow."
I'm sorry, but that sounds like how a middle schooler would describe a kiss. "A boy's back feels so different than a girl's back." No shit.
"What girl wouldn't fall for Peter Kavinsky, handsome boy of all the Handsome Boys."
I need to warn you, that this quote was mentioned in both novels...
"He's Peter Kavinsky for Pete's sake. Kavinsky of Gen and Kavinsky. It doesn't matter that they're broken up. They're an institution at this institution."
I don't even know what to say about this one...
"Josh won't be in the cafeteria- that's for popular people-"
What? Since when was eating lunch at a table, only for "popular" people? What does everyone else do, cram in the washroom? Eat on the lawn?
“He's being sarcastic. I hate when people are sarcastic. It's so cheap.”
God, I'm the cheapest person out there, then.
“He deserves background music, he looks so good.”
My background music would probably go from sophisticated instrumental all the way to heavy metal. Those are the two appearances either: Look at me this outfits new, or I don't care I'm comfortable.
I'd probably turn the music down on both occasions.
This felt more middle grade, but there was some swearing.
I wouldn't recommend this to readers who prefer meaningful reads when it comes to contemporaries.
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