November 21, 2018 by TinyNavajo
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
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*Published April 15, 2014*
Okay, I’ve been wanting to read this book since I saw that Netflix had made a movie based off of it. It’s my own thing, if I know there is a book out there that a book is based on, I (myself) need to read the book first, then I can watch the movie. Granted, I have not watched this movie yet, but I have at least read the book and the other two as well. And this book has all the fanfiction tropes; fake dating to dating, secrets gets out, crushing on your next-door-neighbor, jealous ex-girlfriends, so many tropes! And I loved it! If you want a fanfiction book without the fanfiction, this is one to read!
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.
I honestly just loved how real Lara Jean felt. She felt like a real high school girl who panicked at the idea of all her old crushes finding out that they were once her loves. I had only a few crushes in my life and I used to have crushing shyness and social anxiety, so there was no real way for any of the guys I used to have a crush on to find out…unless I grew brave enough to tell them. Which I did for two, one who became my high school boyfriend, and the other who I dated and then married! So yay! The two times I’m brave enough to tell a guy I like them turned out well for me!
I also loved to see that Lara Jean grew a little bit, she grew to see that someone who is so very different from her could like her if she gave him a chance. What I think I enjoyed most about this book though was how much Lara Jean cares and loves her family. They are number one in her book and anyone who wants to get with her has to get with Kitty, her younger sister. I don’t think I can say I was like that, or am like that. What things do you wish you had done in high school? Or is high school a place you’re glad you’re out of? Comment below and let me know!