Book Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

26 Jul 2015

Book Title: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Genres: Young Adult Romance
Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

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.


“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?” 

After having a bad streak of reads from NA and adult contemp alike, I decided to venture back into the YA genre and it was the best decision I made in a while. When I saw the paperback of this series in my bookstore and its lovely cover calling out to me, I just couldn't resist. 

This was such a sweet, quirky read that features a heroine, Lara Jean Song Covey who hails from a Koran-American heritage which I REALLY ADORE. Not only does it add a unique flavour to the read but I really loved how homey the entire Covey family was. The narrative of Lara Jean was also done just right without coming off as annoying for a junior high girl and whilst there are some immature moments coming from the characters, it hardly bothered me at all. 

The sisterhood of the Song sisters definitely was the highlight of the read for me and it just warms my fuzzy heart with how much they had each other's back. Margot, the eldest was the pragmatic one while Katherine "Kitty" was the baby girl of the family. All 3 girls have such a strong bond that puts a huge smile on your face as you watch them love and care for each other. 

I loved the innocence of young love and how it was portrayed by Jenny Han in her read here. To learn about crushes and love and making mistakes, about taking chances and see where it leads you; I enjoyed every single moment of this adorable YA romance read. There's a subtle hint of love triangle thrown in the mix but was not heavily focus on. With a mini cliffhanger at the end, I already I need to read the next one ASAP!
“If you were mine, I would never have broken up with you, not in a million years.”

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is the first book in a duet series.


Jenny Han

Jenny Han (Han like Han Solo, not Han like hand) was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and she went on to graduate school at the New School in New York City, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children. She lives in Brooklyn.

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