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
REREAD #2: February 2018
So I absolutely frikkin ADORED this book when I first read it and proceeded to order book 2 immediately and then wait in agony for it to arrive. And then (remember: SO MUCH AGONY)...I proceeded to not read it. Because my ship. My ship. Anyway I went ahead and forgot the whole thing so that's great of me. I'm only now rereading it because I own the second two books and intend to read them soon.
SOMEONE HOLD ME TO IT OMG or I'll just keep rereading this one until my heart explodes.
• this book is so freaking cute and adorable
• and all the fOOD
• this is everything I need in a fluff contemporary
• lowkey hate Josh and Margot (she is so callous and totally dismissive of Lara Jean's anxiety)
• speaking of which I LOVE how Lara Jean's anxiety was represented. I don't think she has a disorder, she's just a bit anxious but !! I love this !! in books !! It's so relatable to have lowkey anxiety in books as well. <3
• Kitty is absolutely fantastic and also Slytherin
• Lara Jean is like the Hufflepuff amongst all these Slytherins it is good
• Lara Jean's life is like "is this aesthetic because that's what matters" and that is such quality I can get behind
• get this girl onto Pinterest
• did I mention how hungry i am
• ALSO MY SHIP IS LARA AND PETER SO BADLY I CAN'T STAND MYSELF PLS LET IT SAIL ARTHGGHAGH
• omg fan
READ #1: Sept 2016
I actually love this book FAR TOO MUCH. And I am actually genuinely in a mood because it's over and I NEED THE SEQUEL AND I DON'T HAVE THE SEQUEL. I'M SERIOUSLY UPSET. I'm supposed to be a Vulcan who doesn't even love contemporary that much...WHO AM I. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. I freaking loved this book and I'm just over here sobbing.
Okay okay let's talk about it SENSIBLY. (Omg where is my Vulcan soul, come back here you runaway.)
And obviously I'll just write a list of all the things I NEED TO FLAIL OVER in this book:
• It's delightfully diverse! With Lara Jean being half Korean ergo biracial.
• And IT HAS SISTERS. Like I seriously love sister books because I have one or four of them myself. So it's enormously relatable. Plus Lara Jean sort of has this rift with her older sister when Margot goes off to school...and it just really hit home for me. 3 I really really really related to aaaaall the sisterly dynamics in here. This is so what it is to be sisters. YA WANNA KILL 'EM AND HUG 'EM SIMULTANEOUSLY.
• Did I mention Lara Jean is fantastic?!? She is quiet and likes to be at home and she loves baking and she knits and scrapbooks and SHE IS HAPPY TO BE HER. I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH I COULD CRY!! Plus I generally find the "quiet" people in books tend to also be seriously boring. Was Lara Jean boring?? HAHAAH #NOPE. She was so interesting and fun and witty and also scared and reserved and just...she felt like absolutely a real person. Which is what I want to read about!
• BLESS THESE CHARACTERS. BLESS THIS BOOK.
• Okay it is a love triangle...but it is a downright amazing one. And it's complicated. Because Lara Jean writes letters to boys she's loved as a "let go" thing. But someone sends them (!!) and the boys get them (!!) and her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh, gets one. In order to NOT lose face with Josh (hello, he's her sister's!) Lara Jean "pretends" to get together with Peter Kavinsky. Peter and Lara Jean are totally using each other and it's all a fake relationship...at first. But the basic gloriousness of it is: (A) both boys are interesting and complex characters, and (B) I liked them both a lot at the beginning, and (C) it wasn't a case of Lara Jean being "in love with two people". IT WAS NEVER LIKE THAT. So I loved this triangle!! Perfection!
• I absolutely freakishly enormously LOVE PETER KAVINSKY. I can't breath. Someone send help. No no send cookies.
• And Josh started off cool but then?? eh. No.
• Also I kind of hated Margo, but whatever. Kitty (who is the 9yo sister) was fantastic so that makes up for it.
• ALSO DID WE TALK ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF FOOD IN HERE YET??? This is true foodie fiction. I'm not even kidding: there is AT LEAST food mentioned in every chapter. Like meals and outings and ice cream and baking (SO SO MUCH BAKING) I literally died several times. NO I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING. I had to stop reading and go eat a banana muffin and sour cream because I was starving. Curse this book omg.
• ALL BOOKS SHOULD BE THIS FOODIE. It fully gets an extra star for the food. It does. I'm not even ashamed.
• Also the character development?!??!?? I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. I just...I ship Lara Jean and Peter so bad someone hold me I'm crying. I'm a wreck. UGHGGH. But I love how Lara Jean developed over the course of the book and I loved how the book wasn't completely angsty or anything. It was just beautifully written and interesting and fully captivating.
• I like it.
• HAHAHAH JUST KIDDING I LOVE IT.
(Excuse me, I need to go sit down, I've fangirled too much and I don't know what to do with myself.)
(Also I want to eat.)
(Darn this book.)
Lucas smiles. "You're so cute," he says, and I perk up again. Then he says, "Listen, can you not tell anybody though? I mean, I'm out, but I'm not out yet. You knwo what I mean?"
"Totally," I say, super confident.
"For instance, my mom knows but my dad only kind of knows. I haven't outright told him."
"I just let people believe what they please. I don't feel like it's my responsibility to quantify myself for them. I mean, you get what I'm talking about. As a biracial person, I'm sure people are always asking you what race you are, right?"
I haven't thought of it that way before, but yes yes yes! Lucas just gets it. "Exactly. It's like, why do you need to know?"
"My favourite food is cake"
"What kind of cake?"
"It doesn't matter. All cake."
"You jsut gave me so much shit for not picking," he begins.
"But it's so hard to pick one kind!" I burst out. "I mean, there's coconut cake, the kind with white forsting that looks like a snowball -- I like that a lot. But then I also like cheesecake, and lemon cake, and carrot cake. Also red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting, and chocolate cake with chocoalte ganache frosting." I pause. "Have you ever had olive-oil cake?"
"No. That sounds weird."
"It's really, really goood. Really moist and delicious. I'll make it for you."
Peter groans. "You're making me hungry."
YOU AND ME BOTH, PETER. [SOBBING BECAUSE NEEDS CAKE]
“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”
To All The Boys I've Loved Before is as quirky and cute as its protagonist.
After the first few pages, I wasn't sure I would finish this book. Everything seemed so picture perfect, so girlie. The way Lara Jean always said "Daddy", how Kitty outwitted any other living nine-year-old, etc. But I'm glad I kept reading, even though the plot wasn't overexciting and very predictable. Nothing new or original, but nevertheless a lot of fun.
By the way, the film is one of the best contemporary teen films ever. It added a touch of humour that the book was lacking, it had a super talented main actress, it was completely without second-hand embarrassment and awkward cringe scenes, and I enjoyed every second of it.
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(3.75?) With the movie coming out soon, I decided to finally pick this book up. It's a YA contemporary with a romance so really it's not my usual genre but I've been a bit in a slump and needed a pick me up.
This was perfect for it! Lara Jean has loved 5 boys in her life and has written to each of a them a love letter that she hid before moving on. One day they are all sent and she has to deal with the consequences.
This was cute! It's all about family, relationships and getting out of your comfort zone. It wasn't cringy and yes there's a love triangle but I enjoyed the book.
I'm continuing the series.
UPDATE: After reading the second book, I'm reducing my rating to 3 stars. I already felt like this could have been a standalone but I now 100% think it SHOULD have been.
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
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!