Tuesday, August 5, 2014

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

When I was growing up I always wanted a younger brother or sister. After reading this book, I really want to know what I was thinking.

The concept is kind of old school, and I liked the idea of it. Lara Jean is the middle sister and has never had a boyfriend. She’s had crushes and after a while something happens to make her realize that her crush on such a person is ridiculous. To find closure she writes letters and puts them into her hatbox that her mother gave her. At the beginning of her junior year, with her older sister Margot away in Scotland for college, she is blindsides with not only having to take care of her younger sister and father, but that somehow her letters have been mailed to the boys.

What follows is a chain reaction of three of the five boys coming up to her with their letters and asking her what its all about. With all of them it’s awkward. The boys were never supposed to get those letters. But it’s really awkward when one of the boys is her sister’s ex-boyfriend. To avoid the awkwardness she kisses one of the other boys, Peter, and enters into a fake relationship that changes everything.

There were some moments when this book was really annoying. Lara Jean was really ignorant about a lot of things, and although I get where she was coming from with the whole driving thing, she needed to get a grip. Margot was very judgmental about her sister’s interaction with these boys. Kitty was just cute. Peter was so egotistical, but he had his moments. And what was going on with Josh? He’s Margot’s ex-boyfriend, why is he getting jealous about Lara Jean and Peter? What business is it of his?

Final Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. I liked the quick read and short chapters. Peter and Josh getting along with Lara Jean’s family was pretty cool. But sometimes I just wanted to reach through the pages of the book and shake her. The ending was also a problem. It didn’t really have a finished feel to it. So I’m hoping there’s another book?

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