Sunday, May 4, 2014

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before

Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1

Author: Jenny Han

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Date Published: April 15, 2014

Genre: YA fiction, contemporary, romance, family

Pages: 368 (hardback)

Age Range: 13+ (Mentions of sex, drinking, and there is a bit of cussing, but only a few words).


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.


First off, I love the cover! It's unique and pretty, and it stands out well on a bookshelf. I like the font for the title; it looks like someone wrote out the title with a Sharpie. (Though, I do question the disco ball that sits in the corner on top of the plant...).

The bond between the Song girls is strong, uplifting, and sweet. The family has a strong connection; they are all very close and loving.

Since their mother has died they all have leaned on Margot for support and guidance, but when she goes to Scotland, Lara Jean becomes the care-taker for her father and younger sister, Katherine (Kitty for short). Lara Jean expected things to be a little crazy once her older sister left, but she did not expect so many twists and turns.

The writing is good; it's a quick, easy read (another perfect book for summer reading again Jenny!). The storyline is fun and interesting. The characters are great; Margot the seemingly confident Song girl, Kitty is the bouncy, cute younger Song girl, and Lara Jean is the not-so confident, not-so realistic and easy going sister. And, of course, what's a teen girl book without a few hot guys? Peter seems like your classic, hot athlete, but there is more to him than just that. And then there's Josh, the cute boy next door with the fun, easy-going personality.

This book really brings to life the love between sisters, and a bond between a family. I was satisfied with the ending--I thought it was sweet--but some of you might not be. Hopefully there will be a sequel.

One of my favorites by Jenny Han is, The Summer I Turned Pretty.

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