I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken.
Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1
Number of pages: 422 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The story was sweet and captivating.
Bad things about this book: Nothing, it’s a very well written book.
Do I recommend it? Yes, do it before the movie comes out.
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I’ve had this book for months, maybe years, but I’m only picking it now because the movie adaptation in coming out is less than a month. I love to see the movie after reading the book because I love comparing. Not really critique per se, more like understanding what they did different and why, and thinking about what I would’ve done differently. Not that it changes something, it’s just for myself. The trailers look great! Can’t wait!
This was such a cute and light book. I loved it. Just what I needed to get out of the horrible reading slump that was afflicting me. Lara Jean is adorable, she’s just like me: she likes staying at home reading books and baking. She also cares a lot about her family and has a mind that wanders and wonders. Maybe her mind wanders and wonders too much because she is in a messy situation and chose a not very unconventional way to get herself out of it. The outcome might have been predictable, but it was still sweet and not at all boring.
Lara Jean writes love letters to the guys she loved when she stops loving them or wants to stop loving them. She keeps them hidden, but somewhat she also writes the address of the boys on the envelope. I would’ve never made that mistake. No address, no possibility for the letters to be sent without me knowing about it. That was her number one mistake. The letters are out now, and 5 boys have received them: the book focuses on 2 of the boys, handsome Peter and Josh, he sister’s ex-bf and their longtime neighbor.
“If people knew you, they would love you.” He sounds so matter-of-fact.
Josh, you break my heart. And you’re a liar. Because you know me, you know me better than almost anybody, and you don’t love me.
Lara Jean chose the most chick-lit solution to her letters problem, and everything goes out of control. Maybe it’s for the best, maybe she needs to face a couple of issues that are keeping her back. I think she needed the mess to come to her and shake her life a little bit. There is nothing wrong with liking to be at home instead of going out, but she was denying herself real love because she was afraid of putting herself out there. I totally understood her fear. 100%. It’s easy to live inside our own heads instead of risking getting hurt for real.
“Life doesn’t have to be so planned. Just roll with it and let it happen.”
Long story short, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a fun read, emotional and with a very relatable and sweet character. Lara Jean makes mistakes, she is not without flaws, but she is a cinnamon roll and she tries her best. You can’t hate someone who tries her best to be better and not to hurt the people around them. I look forward to reading more about Lara Jean’s misadventures with love. That girl can’t catch a break!