Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
In a nutshell
The book is about the shy protagonist Lara Jean Covey, who has been in love several times in the past but didn’t know how to express her feelings — except for writing them in the form of “secret” letters. But even though she kept all the letters in her room (particularly in a teal hatbox given to her by her late mother), she wrote addresses on each and every one of them.
And then one day, she just realized that all of the letters went missing. She then confirmed that they were all mysteriously sent out when she received her first “reply” from one of the boys she wrote to and so on.
Let me start by telling you that the first time I’ve laid eyes on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I was instantly smitten with its cover! Haha! How could I not? It was so “girly,” just like me! 😛
Anyway, the plot isn’t really that deep (girl falls in love with boysssss, boysssss didn’t know how she felt until such time, complicated love triangles, unrequited love… the stuff of young adult romances!). But once you read it, I guarantee you that Jenny Han‘s writing is what would keep you hooked and make you constantly turn the pages.
Apart from the “romance” part of the story (which is evident in the book title alone), I loved that the story was also about the importance and role of “family.” The main character Lara Jean lives with her father and two sisters, Margot (the eldest) and Kitty (the youngest). All of them were carefully crafted by the skillful Ms. Han, making Lara Jean‘s family effective supporting characters. (I also especially liked the fact that St Andrews University — a.k.a. the alma mater of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge IRL — was mentioned here! Why? That’s for you to find out! Wahahahaha!). 😀
As you can see, I didn’t dwell on the actual boys (five all in all!) and Lara Jean‘s love story. Simply put that it was something I kind of liked and hated at the same time. Some were predictable, some were not. In fact, I appreciated Lara Jean‘s relationship with her family in the story more than the actual “relationships” she had with “the boys she has loved before.” I was just glad that there were twists at the end, and the open-ended last chapter was enough to make me recommend this read to all of you! 😉
Don’t worry though, you know what they say that it’s always the journey and not the destination that matters? Well, reading this book is exactly that! This is more about the “journey” (Han‘s writing style) than the “destination” (the ending).
On that note, I dare you to join me in the journey of knowing more about Lara Jean and Han‘s other characters and stories! 🙂 Let’s exchange thoughts xx
Rating: 4 out of 5
Have you read this? What other books by Jenny Han can you recommend?
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