To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 277 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I was rooting for the first guy but later I started rooting for the other one which I didn't expect!!!!! It was such a good read, I read it in one day. Once I started, I couldn't stop. I would recommend this to evryone
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han Book One of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: April 15, 2014 Rating: 5 stars Source: ARC won from a giveaway Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: I don't even know how to begin this review. I read this book several days ago, and I'm writing this review now, NOT because I'm lazy and couldn't write it right away, but because I couldn't find the words to create a review for this book. I still can't, honestly, but the review is supposed to go up on Monday (which you would be reading now), so I have to write something. I already know I'm not going to be doing this book (or my love for this book) justice, so... just know that I love this book so so so so so SO MUCH. Like, a lot. This book follows the first person narration of Lara Jean, the middle child of three daughters. Her older sister, Margot, is about to go to college in Scotland for her freshman year. Her younger sister, Kitty, is nine years old, and needs her older sisters. Their mother is dead, and their father is a single parent, raising three daughters.  But then there is the small problem of Lara Jean's love letters being sent. They aren't really love letters - they're Lara Jean's "goodbyes", letters that were for her to have closure, and for no one else to see. Well, someone sent them. And four of the five boys got the letters (one was sent back). Peter Kavinsky was smug and gloating. Josh Sanderson (who is now Margot's ex-boyfriend) was pensive and slightly regretful. Lucas Krapf is gay. McClaren (I can't remember his full name) never said anything to Lara Jean. So, this story is really two stories - about Lara Jean's family life, and her personal life. I LOVE how Jenny Han focuses on both - many times in contemporary novels, we see the romance side really fleshed out, but the family side not-so-fleshed-out. In this book, the importance of sisterhood is really there. Lara Jean must "grow up" and be somewhat of a better role model for Kitty. BUT, Lara Jean must also keep a relationship with her sister in Scotland. Also, notice how one of of the five boys that Lara Jean used to love is Josh, the next-door neighbor, the best friend, and Margot's boyfriend (right until she went to Scotland). That is something that the sisters must reconcile.  I promise I have not given anything away, in terms of the romance. I promise. The romance is so, so perfect, in my opinion. I've seen some reviewers say that they weren't feeling the romance, but I LOVED it. Lara Jean decides to take on a fake boyfriend, so that Josh won't think that she is still interested in him, and so that Margot can get back together with Josh when she comes back in December (and in that way, Lara Jean won't be guilty of liking Margot's ex-boyfriend). But with all things, it's hard not to fall for the fake boyfriend. So, you might think to yourself, but Alyssa, that sounds a bit like a love triangle? Lara Jean and Josh? Lara Jean and fake boyfriend? Margot and Josh? WHAT?! Trust me, it doesn't seem like a love triangle when you are reading the book. One guy and one girl are CLEARLY meant for each other. I love the romance in this book - it is very well-developed and the progression is gradual and subtle. There were specific scenes that were so poignant and beautiful, but they were the smallest things, like the boy putting his head in Lara Jean's lap, or buying her a donut. LOVE IT. I'm not telling you who ends up with who or who the fake boyfriend is, but I'm definitely all the way on one boy's side. I don't dislike the other, but there are two distinct pairs and I think the author is going in that direction as well. But I think the author is making the characters work for it, which is a tiny bit irritating but totally worth the read. The plot of this book is straightforward except not. This book starts in the fall (beginning of a school year), and ends around Christmas time. It's about Lara Jean's romantic journey - figuring out her feelings for Josh and the fake boyfriend and even some of the other letter recipients. It's also about Lara Jean's friendship with a not-so-great influence, Chris. It's about her relationship with her older sister, Margot, her young sister, Kitty, and her father. I would even say it's about her friendship with Josh, even though he is one of the boys she was totally in love with, according to her letter. The author's writing style is so great! It's cute and girly and definitely fits Lara Jean's personality. I was a bit taken aback when I started reading, because the narration was very informal and bubbly and cute, and I'm so used to a more serious tone. But I really liked this - it worked for Lara Jean, and this book.  I seriously loved this book so, so much, people. I don't think I've said nearly enough about this book, but I think you all understand. I re-read this book about an hour after I finished it, which almost NEVER HAPPENS. It's rare, these days, that I have a desire to re-read books, especially so soon after reading it the first time. Well, this book had that effect on me! I NEED BOOK TWO! What I Did Not Like: That it ended. NOT the way it ended, but the fact that it ended. I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOK?! What madness is this? Would I Recommend It: Oh my gosh YES! I'm not a contemporary person, but this book BLEW ME AWAY. I was excited to read it beforehand (which is surprising, since it's contemporary), so I had a feeling that I would be pretty good (I don't read just ANY contemporary novel). Well, this book was not just good, or great - it was FANTASTIC.  So, contemporary fan or not, you should read this book! It's *kind of* like Rowell's Fangirl - in the sense that anyone can read this book and love it, because it's easy to relate to this heroine and her life in some way or another. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone (which is super helpful, I know. Just trust me).  Rating: 5 stars. This book was simply AMAZING. I loved everything about it, even the heartbreaking yet beautiful ending. Trust me when I say that I will be HUNTING DOWN every and any advanced reader copy of the second book (if they are printed), because I must read that book AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously, read this book. The story is so much fun and the teenager's are portrayed so vividly and realistically. This is a page turner and ultimately quite a lovely story about sisters. You know, I bet most of us were like Lara Jean back in high school. That is one reason this book resounded so strongly with me. Lara Jean is a teenager whose mother has passed away. Her older sister Margot has kept the household organized and together. But now Margot is leaving for college. Lara Jean has to step up and prove herself to Margot. In the meantime, Lara Jean has a big problem. The box where she has always kept her letters has gone missing. Oh, yeah. The missing letters are to all of her ex crushes/ex boyfriends. They were never meant to actually be read by the boys. It was just Lara Jean's way of coming to closure over her failed romances. Then she finds out the letters were mailed. There's a misconception that characters of color or characters that are at all outside of the stereotypical white American teenager character-type are too difficult for the general YA reading public to relate to. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE wholly demolishes that misconception - hurrah! 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. AWFUL ENDING. If there is not a second book I am crying myself to sleep for the rest of my life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For all the girls who have ever had an unrequited crush or a “what if” relationship, this is the book for you. I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in two days because of Jenny Han’s humorous and relatable heroine and the page-turning plot. Lara Jean Covey is a typical high school student dealing with her sister going off to college in Scotland, babysitting her rambunctious little sister, and surviving junior year. And like any girl, she also deals with crushes and boy drama. Lara Jean writes a private letter to the boys she has loved from afar and explains her feelings so that she can move on. But when those letters actually get mailed out, Lara Jean must own up to her feelings and face the biggest “what if” of her love life. This endearing and funny book is a great read for anyone who has ever wondered what would have happened if they had just spoken up or acted on their feelings. Jenny Han transports readers back to high school and answers the all-consuming question of “what if.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well put together, organized, believable, witty, charming story! I could not put it down. Definately a page turner and an absolute joy to relax to.. worth the read!!!!!! &star
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
such a good book , it was really addicting to read! the only thing about it is that the chapters sometimes ended awkwardly but other than that it's a perfect book
MyndiL More than 1 year ago
This book was suggested to me by a librarian at my local library. She described it as a "feel good" book and I have to agree. If you enjoy heartwarming stories about family, love, and growing up, you'll really enjoy this story. Laura Jean is what we all remember being like as a teenager. Wanting to be in love, wanting to make the right choices, wanting to please her family. She is a truly relatable character and I found myself sympathizing with her from the very first page. Even as a grown woman, I can remember those feelings of High School romance and embarrassments and crushes and friendships and how it all seemed so important and everything was so dramatic all of the time. I can't say I was ever in a position that Laura Jean was in, but I can certainly see myself doing something similar in the same set of circumstances. The book ends with an elipses so you know there is more to come. I am very eager to read the next part of Laura Jean's journey and I have my hopes for what will become of the people we were introduced to in this book. If you enjoy YA realistic fiction, you are going to love this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have no words, except for these of course: READ THE BOOK
yourstrulyjulie More than 1 year ago
Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before is charming and delightful and unique and full of character in the same way that a vintage dress is. Lighthearted & adorable but also unexpected. It's sunnily inspirational the way a photo on Pinterest is. It's bright and witty. I adored Lara Jean even though I'm definitely a Margot. The family dynamics were incredibly fun. I sometimes forget how important fun is in reading--but gems like Han's book are lovely remidners. I savored and swallowed this book up like a lemon tart and I can't wait to devour the next one in the series! (
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Before I start my review I would like to admit this is in my top 5 favorite books. Ever. I must say this is a book where you will laugh, cry, but most of all learn the meaning of what true love really is whether it be between a girl and a boy or sisters. Thank God there is a sequel or I would have had to written one myself and trust me it would not have done this beautiful book justice. Although Genevieve and Josh were my least favorite characters they made me love this book anymore because of the realism! "To All the Boys I've Ever Loved" has an unspeakably great message that I cannot put into words. Please, please, please, do yourself a favor and read this book. You will not be disappointed. Sincerely, S.J
SydC More than 1 year ago
I've read The Summer I Turned Pretty series and fell in love with it, so I had to read this book and it's just as good! I definitely recommend it to those who like romance/ teen books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this will be one of the many books I would want my daugther to read one day. Good coming of age novel. I can relate to the heroine and her quikiness. I hope there is a second to this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly fell in love with this book! It was amazing. Although the main character, Lara Jean's fear of falling in love is slightly annoying, I can only hope that one day I can fall in love like Peter and she did. You can tell right from the start, that both have feeling for each other, and just thinking about this kind of love makes my heart melt. I finsished this book in 24 hrs and I couldnt put it down. I feel in Love with the characters, even though I wasnt a fan of Margot. This book is all about leaving your comfort zone and doing what your heart tells you. I would definetly recomend this book for anyone because after I finished it all I wanted was to fall in love like the two protagonists in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It was surprisingly good. I will say at the end I was really hoping to see threre was a sequal, and was quite bummed to see there is not. Would love to hear what happens with the charscters next, hint hint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adored this book, for many reasons, its about first true love and crushes you never admit. What girl cant relate to that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!! It started a little slow for me at first, but it didn't take long to pick up. After that it was hard for me to put it down. Some people might like books with more depth and seriousness (if that's even a word) but if you like a light, occasionally funny, sweet book this is for you.
majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
Jenny Han is just an amazing contemporary writer. To All the Boys I've Loved Before was one of my most anticipated books of 2014.. and basically a book I was waiting from Jenny Han ever since she wrote The Summer trilogy… and that was years ago. To say I had high expectations of it is an understatement. But To All the Boys was everything I ever wanted in a contemporary, it was so so cute, adorable, fun, have I mentioned cute? and I love love loved the main protagonist Lara Jean. She's half korean and I LOVED that. I am such a huge fan of the korean culture and even went on vacation to South Korea so reading up about her culture and background just made me so happy. The synopsis is one of the best synopses I've ever read in a contemporary novel. She's a genius, seriously. Her secret letters to all her crushes get mailed to them all? the catastrophe! the awkwardness that will ensue, and the promised hilarity were just too exciting! Of course, without a doubt, Jenny Han delivered. She was able to let these characters come to life and imprint on the readers.. I still remember them all, Lara Jean, Kitty, and Margot, known as the Song girls, as well as Josh and Peter. Also, Han knew how to write a book from a teenage girl's perspective.. it was believable and it showed through the writing. Lara Jean herself was such an adorable character and I loved her to pieces. The situation she was put in was so embarrassing but the way she handled it was just how any panicky teenager would. I especially loved young Kitty and her cute yet lethal temper. That girl can hold a grudge and I just loved her know it all attitude too. As for Josh and Peter, and all the other boys in the letters, I really liked them. I truly loved one of them but I don't want to say which one in order to not skew your perspective before starting the book. However I adored him and I just loved his relationship with Lara Jean. It was swoon worthy yet innocent yet cute yet frustrating, yet (insert every other emotion you can think of). Basically, these two were one hell of a team! To All the Boys isn't just fluffy, as with all of Han's books, all the characters go through character development and you witness that gradually. Lara Jean in the beginning of the book is a different, yet the same, Lara Jean at the end. She's more mature, has more life experience that made her grow, and a, not better per say, more developed version of her self. I loved the dynamic between the Song girls and I wanted to get in their sisterly hugs because of how adorable they were. I can't say enough positive things about this book. I loved it to pieces and I will be re-reading it soon because I need to get back into Lara Jean's world, it puts a smile on my face and gives me happy feelings <3. I can't wait for the second book, P.S. I Still Love You, and I am so impatient.. but one thing I know for sure, I am going to love it! 
2kasmom 9 days ago
Lara Jean Song has a lot on her plate as a sixteen year old girl in high school. She lost her mother when young, and lives with her father and two sisters. Her older sister is going away to college, and Lara Jean feels like this could be her year. Until love letters she has kept hidden somehow get sent to the boys she wrote them to. Along the way she rekindles a friendship with Peter, and maybe Josh. She intends to solve the mystery of how the letters got out. She also finds out what makes a teenager popular. This is a story of more than just romance. It is a yearning and a growth. I was a bit sad to find that the book itself is quite thorough and varied and had split the attention away from more than just the main character. After a while it grew on me and I just enjoyed the humor and "cultural" and teenage funnies. As for what happens, well there are more books to this series, and I intend to read them.
thereadingchick 5 months ago
Lara Jean’s sixteenth year is full of many changes. One of three girls, her home life gets shaken up when her older sister Margot goes off to college in Scotland, breaking up with her boyfriend Josh, the boy next door. Normally sitting on the outside of the drama between her classmates, she finds herself in the center of attention when popular guy Peter approaches her about a letter she wrote and was mailed to him a few years ago. When she looks for her stash of letters she realizes that every letter she’s ever written to a boy she’s loved has been mailed out. Including one to her sister’s boyfriend Josh. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has such a cute premise and Lara Jean was the funny, sweet heroine who could pull off all of the hijinks that ensue from having her private feelings shared with the boys who were never supposed to know about them. I really enjoyed how different each character was and how Lara Jean’s interaction with them showed a different side to her personality. JOSH- the boy next door and Lara Jean’s close friend. It was this relationship that showed her youthfulness the most. He was trying to deal with her sister’s break-up and keeping the Song family in his life. This letter kind of threw a wrench in things. PETER- the popular boy at school who just broke up with his long time girlfriend Gen. I liked how his interactions were a little more mature than Lara Jean’s but thought he was a bit cocky and didn’t really feel like he was a great love interest for her. KITTY- by far my favorite character in the series. She is only 10, but outsmarts everyone around her, is wily, and a master manipulator. Lara Jean tries to be the authority figure but really, Kitty’s in charge. This was a fun sweet ya contemporary. It reminded me of when life was so innocent. On the scale of 1 to 5 on the explicit scale this was a 3. There was talk of sex and how girls are viewed vs boys if they do have sex. I thought it was handled really well. Lara Jean is pretty innocent and her POV about the topic seemed pretty true to life. It’s definitely a topic that needs to be discussed in YA novels. If you’re looking for a quick summer book, and this one has slipped past you give it a try! Fair warning though, it ends on a cliffhanger and you’ll immediately be reaching for the second novel in the series.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Its ok
Anonymous 7 months ago
You should watch the movie its really good :)
Anonymous 7 months ago
I love it its the best love storie and I love the dramma and ideas and detail put into the storie
haleylovesfred 8 months ago
Very intriguing concept. I loved the intensity with the letters being released and her relationship development with Peter.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book is full of emotion I love Lara Jean!! Song girls for life!! P.S it’s Pronounced Like Cubby almost, Instead of Covey