To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean is a young teenager who has kept track of every boy she has ever been in love with. She writes these boys letters, addresses them, seals them, and then puts them in her special hatbox. These letters profess her love to each boy, it the letters mean more to that to Lara Jean. The letters symbolize the end of the love affair. Each letter is Lara Jean’s final stamp to move on.
When these secret letters get out, Lara has to do some major damage control. She never thought anyone would read them, especially the boys she fell in love with. In an adorable tale of love and loss, Lara Jean grows before the reader’s eyes. She learns to cope with becoming the oldest sister still living at home and still navigating her way through high school. Lara Jean is both a lovable and relatable character that will have you devouring this book in no time.
This is the first book I have read by Jenny Han and I have no idea why it took me so long to read this book, but once I picked it up I could not put it down! Han’s writing style is simple but it fills your imagination. Han’s characters feel real—we could be Lara Jean as we feel her embarrassment. Or we have a little sister like Kitty, or we know the kind of boys Lara Jean has fallen in love with. The story is told primarily from present day and what Lara Jean is currently experiencing. But some of Lara Jean’s love stories are from the past, so Han fills in the gaps through memories.
I highly recommend this book if you have yet to pick it up. I cannot wait to read the next two books in this series and see where Lara Jean’s journey goes! This was such a cute and quick read without being a cliche romance.