To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

to all the boys i've loved before

Synopsis:

Lara Jean’s love life is about to go from imaginary to out of control.

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her – one for every boy she’s ever loved. She can say anything she wants, because the letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they’re sent out …

Review:

Disclaimer: I don’t know how to write reviews but I’m going to learn, slowly. Hopefully the quality in reviews will increase. I’m going to buy some post-it notes later so I can take notes while I read, which…probably does make reviewing easier to do! Anyway, let’s get started, this disclaimer is not a professional one.

Charecters:

Ugh, Lara Jean. She’s such a sweetheart and a hopeless romantic. I adore how she always sees the good in people. She’s so kind and lovely, she’s just such a darling that it was difficult not to fall in love with her. I love how loyal she is to her family and how she puts other people and their feelings above her own. Lara Jean is who I strive to be.

I can’t really comment on Margot, Lara’s sister. She was away for a major portion of the book, so it’s difficult to judge who she was – and what I did know, I’m divided on whether I like her or not. She was a leader, which I enjoyed, and she took on the responsibility of being a mother with the absence of their own. However, I also found her judgemental and like she put herself on her own pedestrial.

Kitty I also fell in love with. She’s so tough and fierce and we just know she’s going to kick ass in the future.

We shall…not comment on the love interests. The family dynamic was so heartwarming and strong and beautiful, it really overlooked any romantic relationships.

Plot

This is more of a charecter driven story then a plot driven one. There is no “point” or end game. It’s just a series of interactions broadcasting friendship, the connection between and within families and how teenagers frequently mess up and that’s just part of growing up. I really love how Jenny Han just let Lara Jean be a teenager, and allow her to make mistakes rather than having a perfect protagonist that a lot of people expect in young adult.

Summary

This book just made me fall in love with reading all over again. It was so sweet and fluffy and felt like a hug made up of words. It was sweet, it was romantic. Lara Jean was one of the most lovable people I’ve ever come across, both real and fictional. This book just felt so real, and I’ve never wanted to be in a family more. It’s so strongly bonded and nothing could break their love for each other. Truly beautiful, and I think everyone should at least try to read this – even if romance isn’t your cup of tea (it isn’t for me, and I still adore it)

A.W

 

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