Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA contemporary
Source: Publisher (ARC)
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.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with a review copy of this book!
So I’m kind of in love with Jenny Han. When I’m in the mood for a light romance read I have a handful of authors I look to and Jenny is one of them! I loved the premise of this book when I first read it — I can’t even imagine what would happen if I wrote letters to my exes and they were mailed out! Can you say “move out of the city”?
This book was a lot of fun. Lara Jean was a great character and it was so much fun to see her try and cover her tracks with some of the letters. I was a little disappointed that not all the letters are really dealt with in a lot of depth — some were just kind of brushed off within a chapter — but all in all it was a great idea. And really, my favourite thing about reading Jenny’s books is that they suck me in right away and are simplistic in their themes and writing, but still completely engaging.
Also, while I’d almost want to label this as a romance book, there are so many other things going on in the story that I’m hesitant to do so. One big thing is family and the bond between siblings. Lara Jean has two sisters and everything that happened between the three of them just seemed so real — and I’m saying that without having any sisters! It’s relatable and also so funny! It’s just a perfect blend of reality, hilarity, and swoony romance.
I will admit that well after I finished reading this I learned it would be a series and I was NOT thrilled about that since I had been hoping for a straight YA contemporary romance book, but who knows. Maybe I’ll check out the next book when it comes out — it IS Jenny Han after all and she’s just so much fun to read!