To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)by Published 15 Apr 2014
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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.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) Reviews
I was extremely shocked when I started reading this book. The intention was to read the first paragraph and if I didn’t feel like it I would pick another book. I couldn’t stop. I read the first sentence, the first paragraph, the first chapter and that's it, I was not going to stop, it just wasn’t an option anymore. There are few books that will rope you in so completely that you can't help but keep reading, this is definitely one of them. I loved everything about this book, the characters, the story, the relationships. This is the fastest I've fallen in love with characters in a long time.
Every word, every sentence, every paragraph is bursting with so much emotion, it shouldn’t be possible. The love, the happiness, the sorrow, the regret, all of it is so overwhelming yet so perfect. From the very start all the way to the end there is not a single moment I would change about this book. Every conversation, every interaction will have you hanging on each of the words both spoken and thought. The relationships, let it be family, friends, or something unrealised all have so much emotional weight to them I couldn’t help but love them.
The characters are very well thought out. Each of them have a depth and realism to them that drew me in no matter what. Their secrets, the parts of them they refuse to reveal to the world, and all their emotional baggage just adds to my love of them. You'd think with all the love interests going on it would get slightly irritating but it doesn't, not in the least. The love interests and each of their attributes are so well written that no matter what happens with them, and in between them, I will continue to like each of them for the individuals they are. Our protagonist, Lara Jean is an amazing protagonist and for a story such as this I wouldn't have wished for anyone else. The familial bond between all of them, because of the past they share, or because of the responsibility they have towards each other is mesmerising.
The story’s plot is that Lara Jean wrote letters to all the boys she has loved, they may be perceived as love letters but to her they are good bye letters. She writes down every single thing she feels towards them and by doing so she is free of the all consuming live she bears for them. But someone has posted these letters to the boys they were written for and her heart will face the most arduous experience in her life. This is the plot but all the little bits surrounding this plot are what makes the story so phenomenal. They add that tiny piece of love that completes this work of art.
This story had me hanging on every syllable and I am a fool to have not picked this up earlier. The story was written from the heart and I wouldn't have it any other way. Love emanates from this book and I couldn’t help but reciprocate. Jenny Han has written one of the best contemporaries I have read and I rate it 5 stars without second thought.
"Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That's the part of the risk. I don't want to be scared anymore."
I read this in a day. SO CUTE.
Follows a girl called Lara Jean and through her life she has written letters to all the boys she has loved in her past, she keeps these letters safely tucked away from the word. However, one day she finds they are gone, her letters have been sent out, and everyone she has ever loved now knows. Including her older sisters ex-boyfriend. This story follows Lara Jean as she struggles with her relationship with her older sister and her past loves.
It had so many levels, yes it was a "love story" but it also focused on the relationship between sisters and family. I really really enjoyed this, and when I read the last page I actually got angry because I wanted more. I really hope this is a series.
4/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
“When someone's been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit.”
I need to talk about something here. By the time I'm writing this review, I have read the entire trilogy. I finished it under three days because, you know, I had nothing better to do these days and I set this fucking goal for myself so whatvs. Doesn't mean I loved this series so much (especially the last book), it was just extremely easy to read and a nice companion for these three days. So, if I confuse a detail or something from another book of this series and write it here, I'm very sorry. Everything is messed up in my brain cause of binge reading. So, now let's go!
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.
As I mentioned earlier, I read this book very fast. I read it in a couple of hours, watched the movie late at night (I will discuss it later) and then decided I would finish this series in three days. This is a very lighthearted, cute, fluffy contemporary, which is not exactly for my age demographic anymore, but I found it adorable nonetheless. The fake relationship trope is my NUMBER ONE RELATIONSHIP TROPE since I started reading fan fiction so many years ago. Trust me, if I had read this series when it first came out, I would cry my eyes out for it. But now, I'm 21 years old, and I'm starting to become more of a critical reader the more books I read but I choose which ones to judge hard. Like The Selection Series Collection, I will choose to not judge this book harshly, because its purpose it to entertain and not be taken seriously. And I was definitely entertained and I didn't take it seriously. So here we go.
The covers of these books are dead on gorgeous. I'm a graphic designer so I know they are easy enough designs, but there's something to them, you know, that drew my attention. Due to my profession, I judge a book by its cover. I'M SORRY. It's hard being a graphic designer and a bookworm because we JUDGE EVERYTHING. Every time I buy a book, I find the most conspicuous details to judge. I have so many books that I know I will love, that I won't buy because the covers are extremely shitty. Mostly older books, because covers now are phenomenal, thank God. I always try to find alternative covers of those books that I like enough to buy. But they are always fucking expensive as shit. So yeah. Fuck. It's hard being a detail-oriented graphic designer like myself and being a bookworm too. Fuck my life.
This book was adorable. The plot was adorable, the characters were adorable, the setting was adorable. It was a classic 80s American movie regarding schools. The first book was my favorite of the series. It was more intense, the plot was more interesting, there was shit going on, you know. The love triangle kept me at my toes, even though I rolled my eyes many times. I rooted for Josh at the beginning, but then Peter become THE ULTIMATE BAE. Honestly, Peter was so dreamy. I'm not a pedophile, I swear, BUT PETER HOT DAMN BOI.
I found Lara Jean extremely immature, juvenile and annoying, at times. But I mostly rooted for her and related to her. I related to how she couldn't commit, how closed off she was as a person, how she couldn't trust to start a real relationship and kept to her fantasies. I also, related to how much she hated driving. I got my driver's license at 18, the legal age here, and I haven't really drove since. I'm unfathomably scared of driving and I saw myself in her. I see how good she got with driving as the books pass, and that inspired me.
I don't understand something. WHY SO MUCH FOOD IN THIS BOOK. This whole aspect dragged the book for me. So many unnecessary descriptions of food that would take up whole pages for no apparent reason. Honestly, Americans eat so many things strange to us Europeans, wtf is all this? American food always confused me. There was also some Greek food mentioned in these books, which I appreciated. Thanks, books. We have better food than you, Americans. SUCK IT. But, for real now, NO ONE IN THIS FAMILY HAS A SLOW METABOLISM? With so much unhealthy food and no exercise, a person like me would be doomed in this family. I wanted an over-weight person in this story, it would be realistic.
The only diversity in these books, were the Song sisters, which are half Korean. This is an old book and for a book of that time, this is amazing diversity. Their Korean side wasn't brushed off, we got many mentions of it throughout the book. We also got a gay character, Lucas, which I'm very happy about. But we didn't see him with anyone, basically he was a very forgotten character who wasn't given a singular plot. He was just there, to be a friend to Lara Jean. Lucas deserved so much more!!! Chris was okay. I didn't care for her as much in this book, but my opinion changed in the next books. She became a very good friend to Lara Jean and a very important person in her life. She's not the kind of friend I would choose, but she turned out to be a good person.
Now, let's talk the sisters. I didn't like Margot, especially in this book. She was bossy, controlling and she thought she was better that everyone in her family and she always knew best. I was very glad she left for Scotland, which I admired. She is a strong-willed character, unlike Lara Jean. And I admired that about her. And now let's talk about my spirit animal, KITTY. She was HILARIOUS and AWESOME. I truly believe she didn't act her age, she was too mature and she knew too much to be 9. That's why, I believe, they changed her age in the movie. But I loved her so much, she was my fav of the sisters. I wish I were like her, when I was a child and even now. Ugh WHY DO ALL THE SISTERS STILL CALL THEIR FATHER "DADDY" AND THEIR DEAD MOTHER "MOMMY". STOP THIS FUCKING BULLSHIT, I WAS CRINGING MY WHOLE LIFE. MARGOT YOU'RE FUCKING 20 IN THE LAST BOOK, STOP STOP STOP! UGH!
I bought these books a long time ago. I have waited for the movie to come out first, so I could watch it right after I read the book. Which I did. I was in a high from the first book when I watched the movie and I fucking loved it! The same thing that happened with Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and its movie adaptation happened here. They changed tremendously many important parts from the books, that couldn't have been changed, but they made something new and unique out of it which kept the essence of the story the book wanted to portray. I was rolling my eyes out at some moments, and I was screaming at the screen "WHY THE FUCK WOULD YOU CHANGE THAT, IT MAKES NO SENSE" and "THIS DIDN'T HAPPEN TAHT FUCKING WAY IN THIS BOOK, YOU FUCKING BAFOON, AND IT DIDN'T NEED TO CHANGE" but the whole feeling of the book was kept intact in the movie. And it was an amazing one. First of all, they casted actors who look 16! Fucking hallelujah! They kept many jokes from the books, but also invented some. I think the movie made up for all the humor that didn't exist in the book. The movie was dead on hilarious, I couldn't stop laughing at some points. The actress for Lara Jean was perfect, Josh was how I imagined but PETER. PETER MAN. The actor was a younger Matthew Daddario! Oh, I love this bitch. For me, he's the epitome of hotness, below my ultimate bae Zac Efron, of course. I need to talk about something that bothered me a lot in the movie. I loathed how they erased Josh's part in the triangle. I know, triangles are bad boohoo, but I liked this one and it was exciting in this book. I know the triangle shifts in the next book, but it should have been kept in this movie. They made Peter the only valid option and erased Josh from the equation. Which made his character a side character with no purpose whatsoever. They skipped on to the second book immediately. And I didn't enjoy that. Also, when I first watched the movie, some plots were new and I wad confused. Like the pool sex tape plot. Which was unknown to me, before I read the second book. I'm curious to see what they will add in the second film, if they make one. Judging by the last cameo, they will. I'm very excited, to be honest! COME ON NETFLIX. I PAY FOR YOU NOW. DON'T EMBARRASS ME.
Overall, this was a very cute and easy to read book. I will never read an entire series without writing a review for each book after I finish it, again. My review in my head for this book was so much different when I pictured it in my head. But now that I have read the next two books, this series has a different light in my mind. Not a good one. But I've learned my lesson, I will write individual reviews for each book before going to the next. Everything is a huge fucking pile of shit mess in my head now, these reviews are hard for me to write. I have learned my lesson. Anyway, till the next one, which will be soon cause I got two more books to review, K BYE!
Re-read 8/20/18: Okay so it has to be said: movie Peter > book Peter, and book Josh > movie Josh. However we all know that John Ambrose McClaren >>>>>>>> everyone and that’s the tea
Re-read 4/27/17: I cannot even begin to tell you guys how much joy re-reading this book brought me. I love the Song girls so much. So so so so so so so cute.
Original read 4/26/14: Hands down, my favorite Jenny Han book. I loved the writing and the fashion and the boys and the FOOD hahahahah it was just so cute! I need the sequel in my life
Reread in August 2018
This was so much cuter than I remember! Though I still have some of the problems with the book that I had the first time I read it (basically, it just annoyed me that she called her dad Daddy - though I did the same thing up until I was like 13? Why am I so judgmental?), it was a very enjoyable experience. It was even more enjoyable since it was a reread in preparation for watching the Netflix original! Though I haven't seen it yet, I had the actors in mind the entire time. And let me tell you, Noah Centineo is a much handsomer Peter than the one I had in my head. I'm not complaining.
Though I wasn't planning on continuing on and rereading the rest of the series, I think I just might. I always need more Lara Jean in my life <3
Original review (June 2014)
I really enjoyed this book and how it wasn't really what I was expecting. The character development was also great, especially Peter's. I still prefer her other books from the Summer trilogy as I found myself loving every single character. In this book, I only really liked Lara Jean, Kitty, Josh (sometimes), Peter, and her dad. The writing also started out a little young in my opinion. I guess I was just thrown off by her calling her mother and father Mommy and Daddy, but I thought I was reading from her POV of when she was 11 or so. I quickly got used to this writing, though, and it made for a quick and enjoyable read! The reason I couldn't give it a full 5/5 was because of the things I stated above and the ending, which ended a bit abruptly.