Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Published April 15th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books
Lara Jean 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 can pour out her heart and soul and say 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. (Goodreads)
I’ve tried so many times to love other genres, but this is another contemporary romance that I absolutely adore and confirms my love of this genre. I had not read any other Jenny Han when I picked this up and I was so in love with everything about this book. From the writing style to the characters I found it endearing and super fast paced. I read this as part of a buddy read with a YouTube friend of mine and neither one of us could put it down. As the synopsis from Goodreads says Laura Jean has a habit of writing letters to boys she has loved and she keeps them in a hat box her mother gave her. Yes, the letters get sent out and yes much of the story is spent trying to figure out who sent the letters and what Laura Jean is going to do now that most of the boys know how she once felt about them. More than that this story delves into the family dynamics and how the dynamics can and do change over time. Laura Jean is the middle child but much of her life it’s been her older sister Margot in the mother role, but now Margot is off to college in another country and Laura Jean has to step up and take charge in a way that she isn’t used to. It also explores friendships both new and old and of course love in unexpected places. By the time you close this book you’ll be ready for book #2 just like I was I am sure. It could be read as a stand alone though and be enjoyed just as much. An easy 5 star book!