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.
I adored this book. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is sweet, fluffy, and just downright cute.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is not a plot-driven novel, nor does it have a ‘point’. On the contrary, this book is a slice of the humble and peaceful life of Lara Jean, and the hilarious shambles that follow after her secret love letters are sent to the boys she loved. Yes, it may sound silly – I mean, it’s hardly apocalyptic if your crushes receive love letters that you secretly wrote to them – but it flipped her usual, quiet life upside down and I adored it.
A highlight in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was the prominent theme of sisterhood and family. I loved, loved, loved Lara Jean’s relationships with her sisters and how they were portrayed; fights followed by swift forgiveness, times when they annoyed the daylights out of each other, the silent gestures of affection, the almost reverent respect for one another, and that, no matter what happens, sisters are forever. It reminded me of my relationship with my little sister; she and I are extremely close and we have our own made-up language with each other that no one else could understand. The Song sisters and their dad – MR. COVEY! – were the most gorgeous family ever with their own fair share of quirks, warmth, and, at times, heartache. Can we talk about how Mr. Covey cooks Korean food for his daughters so they can stay connected to their cultural roots? Isn’t he just the most amazing fictional dad ever?
All of the characters in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before were lovable and endearing – especially Lara Jean. I liked that Lara Jean’s voice was young. I like teenagers who are wise beyond their years and speak with maturity, but I also appreciate the teenagers who don’t. More so, I related to her; when I was sixteen, I acted, thought and spoke like her. So, in that sense, this story is for people like me, and I think that’s the point. Nonetheless, Lara Jean was sweet, does what she thinks is best, and was undeniable flawed. Lara Jean made some choices that made no sense – but isn’t that part of being young? Getting swept away by things you had only heard of and never expecting it to happen to you? The unorthodox relationship she shared with Peter was delightful, and the banter and friendship warmed my heart. I’m not a big shipper, but Han successfully coaxed me into shipping.
That’s when I see him. Peter Kavinsky, walking down the hallway. Like magic. Beautiful, dark-haired Peter. He deserves background music, he looks so good.
This book reminded me of what it was like being a young, stupid, naive teenager. Usually when I say this, I refer to those confusing, hormonal times of insecurity and fractured identities, but with regards to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, this book made me remember the joys of youth and innocence, and the confusing but wonderful things called crushes. (Note: I had many, and like Lara Jean pre-book events, I never told them how I felt.) In other words, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before made me remember the good, innocent things – and I liked that a lot. Being sixteen is weird and awkward, but it can also be a time of discovery, mistakes, new happiness, and love.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before will make you smile and laugh, give you warm fuzzies, and put you in a sunny, good mood. (Not to mention, this book made me feel so young again.) Rich with the joys and sweetnesses of life, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before will win your heart and fill you with optimism and the sunshine of life – as it did mine.
Book Name: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Book Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Ever since reading Simon Vs., I’ve developed a healthy appetite for sweet, cute books. I thought To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a great fluffy novel.
- Do you like reading fluffy romances? Which are some of your favourites? (Any recommendations?)
- Have you read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? What did you think?