To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is a short novel that is easy to get into and finish in a few sittings. It is a realistic fiction and romantic read, and has a contemporary style to it although there is a sequel to it called P.S. I Still Love You. This book is a perfect mix of the ups and downs of the everyday life of a teenage girl, and about how the choices and decisions made by her and the people around her can affect her life. Family, friends, high school, and relationships ties this book together to form the story of a girl who writes secret love letters.

Lara Jean Song is content with her life. She is very close with her older sister Margot and her younger sister Kitty and she attends high school and receives good grades. But she has a secret—she writes love letters. She writes down all her feelings and declares her affection for every boy she loves, and she hides them in hatbox where nobody will ever find them. Her secrets are safe and her life is as normal as it can be. Or so she thought. When her older sister, Margot leaves for university, thus breaking up with her boyfriend Josh, Lara Jean finds that her feelings from the past are resurfacing because Josh was one of the boys she wrote a letter to. One day while she is at school, Peter Kavinskyanother boy she had a crush on—approaches her and asks her about the letter he received. Lara Jean is confused, but then she realizes that her hatbox is gone and her letters were mailed. When Josh confronts her and asks her about the letter, Lara Jean doesn’t want to ruin whatever feelings her sister and Josh had left. Peter had just broken off with his girlfriend so in desperation, Lara Jean asks Peter to be her fake boyfriend. She explains to him that she doesn’t like him anymore but she actually likes Josh, but she knows that she can’t have Josh because she wants Margot and him to get back together. Peter agrees and together, they become a “couple”. But as time passes on, Lara Jean’s thoughts become muddled and she realizes that her feelings have started to change. But will she be able to find courage, be honest, face jealousy, and vanquish rumors before what she has is lost?

After finishing this book, I couldn’t wait to get the next book because I loved it! Lara Jean is a protagonist filled with creativity and life, she is really cute and her remarks are sassy and hilarious. The interactions between her and her family and friends are both touching and funny, some moments I found myself smiling or even laughing out loud! I would recommend this book to people who like romance and comedy or want a quick read to get them out of a reading slump (as it did for me!).

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