Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han




Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before 

Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014 
Genre: Contemporary/ Romance 
Page Count: 288 
Age Range: 12+ 


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

This is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead write 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. 

My Thoughts:

To All the Boys I've Loved Before was so different than I was expecting. I know I say this all of the time but I was expecting some cheap romance that had no story line. I don't know why I thought this way but it was probably because the synopsis just lends itself to that thought. I mean, it seems like some YA book that I would have read when I was ten and loved. However, it was nothing like that. It was more of the story of Lara Jean and relationships with the people around her. This is not just boys, but her family as well. 

Lara Jean's relationship with her sisters was by far my favorite part of this book. The characters in general were the best part of the book. Jenny Han did a wonderful job building each of the characters and working them all together. Margot, Lara Jean, and Kitty are the three Song girls. They are very close but their relationship gets a bit rocky when Margot goes off to college. They have to adapt to a new environment, especially with the youngest, Kitty, getting older. Kitty was hands down my favorite character. She was funny, didn't take anyone's crap, and so young and innocent. She is the kind of kid that I always wished I was. I also really enjoyed every scene that she was in.

The three girls made this book for me. I have one sister and I am pretty close to her so reading a book that had such a huge sister bond was really refreshing and nice to read about. It had all of the fights, touching moments, and jealousies e that a sister bond definitely has.

Now I know that you are waiting to hear about the boys. Well, I liked them. They weren't mysterious and intimidating like so many YA books now have. They were down to earth and real. Pretty normal teenage guys. Jenny Han did not overdo them and make them seem to be more than they were, which I really liked. There were many boys in this book so I will not list them all, plus that would ruin the book for you. I will say that I am Team Peter all of the way. Josh was a pain who I wished would just go to England with Margot. Peter was cute and reminded me of Wesley from DUFF (loved that movie, just saying). 

Overall, this was a good read but nothing super amazing. It was a cute summer read!

Rating: ***/*
Cover Rating: eh
Recommendations:
1. The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider 
2. My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick 
3. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han 
Favorite Quotation: "You just gotta hold your head up and act like you don't give a shit"
Now, what do you think?

Sincerely, 
a Book Nerd 

1 comment:

  1. I read this book not long ago and I totally agree with you, the relationship between the Song sisters was a surprise but definitely my favourite part of the book. Being a twin, I could easily relate to the bond the sisters had! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Are you going to pick up the second book soon?
    Monisah @ TwinsTurnPages xo

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