By: Jenny Han
Published: April 15th 2014
Length: 365 Pages
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
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.
How can anyone not fall in love with the Song girls. I watched the movie as soon as Netflix had released it then learned that it was curated from a book. So what’s a Bookmaid to do but to go and get the book. Then came the waiting game, because evidently everyone had the same idea. But the wait was so worth it.
For those who have seen the movie but not yet read the book. Do it. Just do it.
There are so many stolen moments that don’t make the screen. You will not regret the time you spend with it. You will not regret the wait, unless you buy the book. And that is what I plan on doing.
But this is not about the movie (go watch it). This is about the book. A book that can take an adult and transport them back in time to the awkward feeling of I like him, he likes me but lets pretend we don’t like each other. Oh, wasn’t that a fun time.
Jenny Han crafted a teen novel that will win over your hearts with her realistic actions and emotions of a typical teen girl. I know I was one. I was impressed with how warm the characters came across. Giving that feeling of the oh so perfect family appearance that’s not actually perfect.
The colorful cast varying in ages from Kitty ( youngest sister ) to the parental figures that had emerged. Each personality form perfectly for them. And none could be confused for another.
This book gave me a “You can’t buy love (1987)” vibes but without the exchange of money. One could easily call it a retelling.
You’ll laugh, you’ll fume, you’ll hold back your silent sobs because this book has it all. Not only that but you can actually feel the turning point in each of the relationship. Yeah, feel, not just spot it out in the book. You can feel each characters turning point towards the dilemma at hand.
And Lara Jean the star of To All The Boys I Love Before , you were the girl I wish I could have been in HIghschool. Strong, protective, Quirky and Confident within yourself. Because had it of happened to me I would have hidden away under a rock.