Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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My Rating: 4/5 Stars 

It was one of those days. Finals are approaching, and I needed a good source of procrastination. If it happened to include quirky characters, a cute love story, and lots of cookies, then all the better. I finished To All the Boys I've Loved in less than a day. It wasn't hard to fall in love with Lara Jean and her adorable family, as well as the host of boys she may or may not have loved at one point.

I wasn't a huge fan of Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty. However, this newer novel looked so cute that I couldn't pass it up. It's an intriguing idea. Countless young adult authors have tackled the subject of unrequited love, but none of them have really done it in this way. What would your letters to past crushes say, and more importantly, what would your crushes say if they ever read them? It's a cringe-worthy idea, and yet it instantly hooked me.

The characters are the best part of the story, hands down. Lara Jean is the kind of girl every reader can relate to, and yet she's still original. Her love of vintage outfits and baking instantly earned her a place in my heart, and her sisters are equally as wonderful. As an older sister, I was instantly drawn to the Sory sisters, with their inside jokes and incredibly close bonds. Although this is a love story, it's also a tale of sisterly devotion. That, even more than the romance, made me love To All the Boys I've Loved Before.

Han finishes the lovable story up with a surprising cliff-hanger. I was a little disappointed at this; as much as I want to know what happens, I was kind of hoping this would be one of those brilliant stand alones. Not every great story needs to be stretched out into a trilogy. Having said that, I'll definitely be looking into the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You. That cliff-hanger didn't give me much of a choice.

There were so many times I found myself saying yes to this book. Yes to the characters, the story, the reactions, the wording. It's just such an enjoyable read. Quite honestly, I don't understand how any reader couldn't have a little fun with the story. So, my advice? Say yes to this one.

My Reaction in a Nutshell

Favorite Quote(s)

"I wonder what it's like to have that much power over a boy. I don't think I'd want it; it's a lot of responsibility to hold a person's heart in your hands."