Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on April 15th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Lara Jean 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 can pour out her heart and soul and say 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.
Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.
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.
Because by the time you finally see each other, you’re catching up only on the big things, because it’s too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.
I didn’t fall for you, you tripped me!
I want to say yes, but I don’t want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody else’s first choice.
It’s not like in the movies. It’s better, because it’s real.
Well, what a great book to start off my 2015 reading year! I absolutely loved this book! This was my first Jenny Han book, but it definitely will not be my last! In fact, I just bought Burn for Burn. So, I’ll read that at some point! 🙂 Jenny’s writing is beautiful. It’s simple and easy to read but it has this elegance to it. She really knows how to make the reader really invest in her writing. She makes you believe that these characters are real. She makes you want to care about them and I loved that! Plus, look at that cover! I love that it has that Sharpie feel to it. 🙂
The characters. I loved some more than others. Number one, I loved Lara Jean. She was relatable and cute in a quirky way. 🙂 I really enjoyed getting to know her and sharing this experience with her. Margot. Not a huge fan of her, to be honest. I liked her, but I didn’t love her. I felt at times she was just plain mean. I loved Kitty. I thought she was adorable and she definitely acted her age, but then showed some maturity as well. Josh. Mmmm, not a big fan. He didn’t really do it for me. Margot can have him! Plus, I didn’t like Josh and Lara Jean together anyways. Peter K, I adored him! The entire way through the book, I was wondering where it was all going and about half way through, I was like she needs to fall in love with Peter because I fell in love with Peter.
My favorite part was being able to read the letters. That was a fun aspect and something I was looking forward to. The story line was interesting. And I loved the fake relationship. I loved the fresh start that Lara Jean and Peter gave to each other. My least favorite part and the only reason why it is a 4 star review was the voice. Lara Jean I ended up loving, but it took me a while to warm up to her voice. At times she sounded so young (maybe it was just because she was more goody-two-shoe) and then at times she sounded so mature. I ended up loving her and I got used to the voice. And she did seem like she grew up by the end of the book.
And speaking of that ending… WTF was that! You heard me, it has a freaking cliffhanger! That’s not normal with a standalone novel, oh wait, it’s a duology! YAY! But seriously, I want more. When I read it, I thought I was reading a standalone novel. And then with that ending I was like “Oh, hell no, you are not leaving me at that open ender!” Thank god there is more coming!