To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (TATBILB #1) by Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (April 15, 2014)
Print Length: 355 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
Narrator: Laura Knight Keating
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 Boy’s I’ve Loved Before is a quick, quaint contemporary YA read that aims to leave its reader with a sense of ease once the book is finished.
A light and easy read, To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before follows sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Covey, as she navigates high school, crushes, and her most personal thoughts getting out to the boys who have stolen her heart. Quick paced and a rather easy read, there isn’t a lot wrong with Han’s writing. If you’ve been following my blog for a while you know that I very rarely review contemporary novels, but Han is the exception. She is one of the only contemporary authors I both follow on social media and eagerly anticipate new publications from. Han brings something rare to the genre, and if you haven’t picked a book of hers up yet, what are you doing?
Lara Jean is a wonderful protagonist to read about. She’s as real of a character as one of fiction can be. She goes through things actual sixteen-year-old’s go through including but not limited to: first love, family, bullying, and societal expectations. While she can be immature at times, what sixteen-year-old can go through pretending to date someone after love letters are sent around, falling for the someone she’s fake dating, dealing with changing family dynamics, and the worries that come along with being a high school student without being a bit whiny at times.
I enjoyed the romance, as well as the love triangle, which is a rarity for me. To be honest, I think I would have been happy regardless of whether Lara Jean picked Peter or Josh, and can’t wait to see the aftermath of the love letter getting to John Ambrose.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (TATBILB #1) by Jenny Han. Have any YA contemporary recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.