To all the boys I’ve loved before – Jenny Han

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Published April 15th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

REVIEW

Lara Jean loves romance and love and all of the wonderful things that come along with it – but only when it is in her head. She likes to be invisible and keep her heart intact. She writes her feelings out in letters to the boys she likes in hopes that it will cure her of those crazy romantic feelings. Unfortunately those letters get mailed and her life is forever changed. 

One of the letters is to her good friend and the ex-boyfriend of her older sister. To save face she makes a deal with another of her letter recipients Peter K – to pretend to be her boyfriend. Peter K was her first crush – her first kiss and now her first fake boyfriend. He is willing to go along with this deal to make his ex girlfriend jealous. Their fake relationship turns into so much more than they ever bargained for.

This series is so much more than a high school love story. The relationships between Lara Jean and her sisters and father are such a wonderful thing to glimpse into. You feel the love of this family that is still reeling from the loss of their mother. The dynamics of growing up and growing away from friendships it shown in such a way that it feels authentic. There are so many highlights to this series that makes it more than your usual YA/teen romance novel.

I loved this book – I loved this series! It gave you all the feels that you didn’t know you needed to feel! Peter K is the handsome, sweet and secretly insecure boy of your high school dreams and Lara Jean is the kind and scared girl that I think we all felt like at some point. I just re-read this series and I was left feeling like my heart couldn’t take any more! One last thing… I am and always will be #teamkavinsky

This book does have a few coarse words, and sexual situations. I think that it would be appropriate for most teen readers.

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