Review of To All The Boy's I've Loved Before

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 have had To All The Boy's I've Loved Before on my TBR since before it came out. But somehow it just slipped my notice and I never seemed to pick it up. With P.S. I Still Love You recently released, I decided that it was time to pick it up and see what the buzz was about. I had only read one other Jenny Han book, Burn for Burn, so I was excited to read more of her work.
 
  • I really found Lara Jean's character to be unique and interesting. I wasn't 100% I really liked her at first, but she definitely grew on me. She was so quirky, which I always love with main characters. No one is really "normal" so there is no point to try to make a normal character - they have to be unique and unusual in some way or another.
  • The family dynamics were amazing. I always love a close knit family, even if there is some drama, they all stick together. Lara's Jean's father was amazing. I would love to see more men treat their daughter's like he does. I am hoping that Jenny Han based the character off her own father, because he was a great example.
  • Margo and Kitty - well written side characters. I could see myself in Margo a lot more than in Lara Jean. This could be because I was the oldest in the family and took care of some of the duties. I also think I would have been the only one in my family that would have taken the leap and traveled somewhere outside my normal area for college.
  • Lara Jean's style was awesome. I so badly wanted to dig through her closet. From what I have seen in picture, Jenny Han seems to have a pretty cute style too.
 
  • For what I thought the story was going to be about from the synopsis, I thought the letters and the outcome would be more the story. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but it wasn't bad at all - just surprised me I guess.
  • Lara Jean kind-of annoyed me. I felt at points that she was immature. I know that I have been out of high school for a while, and maybe losing touch with who I was at sixteen, but it still felt like she wasn't were I thought I was at that age.
  • Even Kitty seemed younger than she was to me. They almost treated her more like a 6 year old than a 9 year old. 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15749186-to-all-the-boys-i-ve-loved-before


 photo Signature smaller.png

11 comments

  1. Lara Jean was kind of an insta-like character for me. I really enjoyed her right from the start. The relationship between Lara Jean's family is one of my fave aspects on this one :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

    ReplyDelete
  2. Oooo, I seriously need to pick this one up soon. I really liked BURN FOR BURN and her Summer series (although I’ve only read two out of three books) and I’ve only seen raving reviews for this one. And woah, the letters aren’t the main focus of the story?? That’s what I totally thought when I read the synopsis! Oh well :P great review! :D

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great review! I liked this one, too -- interested to see what you think of book 2. My favorite things are Lara Jean's style and her baking -- both are so good in book 2 as well!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Awesome review! I really liked the family aspect and that Lara Jean was unique. I too thought that it would be more centred around the letters but I still have it 5 stars

    ReplyDelete
  5. Started reading this one and really enjoyed the brief portion I did read. It sounds darling so I'll have to go back and finish it - plus book two! :) Great review.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Awesome review! This has been in my TBR for more than a year now, and I still haven't read it yet. Sadly :( I like the idea of the book, and Lara Jean sounds like a very cool protagonist. Glad you liked her in a way, but seeing that you thought she was annoying makes me kind of doubtful now. I don't like annoying protagonists :( Anyway, thanks for sharing the review!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

    ReplyDelete
  7. I still need to review this... The family dynamic was the best part by far. And yea, it was hard to keep remembering that Lara Jean was a 16 year old when she acted like a 12 year old. Kitty was more mature. I want a book on Kitty!
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

    ReplyDelete
  8. So....I'm realizing that my comments do not post when I do it from my phone. I need to figure that out! Anyways, I've been wanting to read some Jenny Han. I've heard delightful things about both her and her writing!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I've heard nothing but good things about this book. I may check it out soon!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This sounds like an interesting book. I have read books where I felt I couldn't relate to the main character, it can make it tough, but not a deal breaker when it comes to being a good or bad book!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I haven't read this book, I was kind of waiting until my library get both books one and two because I was told I'll want book two on hand when I finish this book. Great review.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you thought of the book or others you think I will like! Please share your thoughts! Thank you for the thought, but I am not participating in awards.