To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han was on my to read list for a long time. It kept popping up on Goodreads as well as instagram, so I finally decided to snag it for my birthday. I ate through it in just a day!
For those of you who haven’t read it, here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Lara Jean’s love life gets complicated in this New York Times bestselling “lovely, lighthearted romance” 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?
Sixteen-year-old 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.
It was such a fun story!
Lara Jean is just so cute! She’s very shy and quirky, and I couldn’t help but love her. I especially liked her sense of style. It’s just so cute! I also felt like her feelings all made a lot of sense. Sometimes when characters are in a love triangle, it just makes NO SENSE. It’s completely obvious that they like one more than the other. But I feel like Lara Jean’s feelings are legitimate. I also liked that she’s such a nervous driver. Anxiety is something that isn’t included enough in characters for how common it is in real life.
I didn’t really love Margot… I felt like she was manipulative and bossy. Most older sisters are that way, and maybe it was because we saw so little of her, but I just didn’t love her. She was very controlling. You can see why she is that way, but it didn’t make me like her any more.
I usually hate little siblings in books, mainly because they are either inaccurate or infuriating. Kitty was actually really cute. She felt realistic, because she’s a little spoiled, but still loveable. I loved seeing how all the other characters interacted with her. Especially how she was so welcoming of Peter, even though she was loyal to Josh.
I really liked Lara Jean’s dad. He was gone a lot because of his job, but you could see how much he loves his girls. I liked how he had his own quirks, but wasn’t a mean person. He’s such a good dad! Like, he tries to make Korean food because that was their moms thing and he wants that to continue to be a part of their lives. He also was a little clueless at times, and you could see where the lack of his wife made him feel a bit lost when raising girls. He wasn’t controlling but he was so caring. Loved him!
I thought Josh was really cute up to a certain point.
Peter is definitely not the guy you think he is when you start learning about him. I thought his character growth was really good. You know he’s going to screw up some more, but I really like him. I especially liked his relationship with Kitty. That was very revealing.
Best love triangle I’ve seen in a long time. It didn’t bother me and it felt real. I could see why she was struggling between the two of them. I also liked the tie in with all her family stuff, plus her own anxiety. The book moved along at a good pace. The ending is the only thing that bothered me. I know it’s a series, but it really felt like she left off the last chapter of the book. It did, however, make me want to read the next one really bad, so I mean, it did work.
I’m definitely a fan! I will most likely be buying the next two and reading them super quick. Have you read it? What do you think of it?