I got this book for free, actually. Thanks, work. I really wasn’t sure what to expect because I am admittedly extremely picky about contemporary books, but I actually really love this book a lot. I’m pissed no one got me the sequel for Christmas. Just kidding.
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.
Likes: I love Lara Jean. She is so funny and quirky and adorable. Like, I kinda wanna be best friends with her. I basically love all the side characters too, especially Kitty and Josh.
I also appreciate the representation. Lara Jean’s family is half South Korean. This story also has a lot of important messages about relationships, sex, and feminism that I wish I would have been able to read when I was still a teenager. It was really refreshing to get that perspective.
Dislikes: I was really unsatisfied with the way it ended, which is why this book got 4 stars instead of 5. I just felt like nothing was resolved at all, but it didn’t end on a cliffhanger either. So mainly I was just left feeling vaguely uncomfortable and unfulfilled by the ending.
Tune in next time for my review of The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood!