Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Published: April 15th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: #1 (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before)
Length: 288 pages
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.
This novel is the first YA Romance, contemporary novel I’ve read in a long time, since I was in middle school or so. Coming back to such a romantic, cheeky novel was like getting a warm hug from Princess Mia (Princess Diaries) and Lara Jean, herself.
This novel was absolutely wonderful. It started out slow, but getting slowly eased into the setting and the situation really helped. It was incredible. I felt very warm, empathetic emotions that infiltrated my cold exterior, and it was nice for a change. This novel was wholly fantastic!
Lara Jean is so funny and so nice to relate to…she reminds me of myself, and how I don’t express my love for boys or anyone at all, really. Thank you, Lara Jean, and thank you, Jenny Han, for making me cry and laugh in a single novel.
I will be continuing on Lara Jean’s adventures in the next novel….stay tuned.