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Review: ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny Han

Review: ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Published by Simon and Schuster on April 15th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
Goodreads
three-stars
Lara Jean 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 can pour out her heart and soul and say 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.

About 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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review

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This one started as an over-hyped book and I kinda wanted to distance myself because I don’t have a good reputation with over-hyped books. But I did manage to read it after getting excited from various people. My verdict? It was all right. I liked it enough and had certain issues with it at the same time. That’s when I rate it as a three.

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I liked this one. It reminded me so much of the sisterly relationship in Little Women (which is one of my favourites). Lara Jean is the middle child and our main character. Margot is clearly the responsible one. Kitty is the youngest and the feisty sister. I loved their dynamics and their interactions with each other. I love the sisters dynamics, how different they all are. How incredibly close they all are too. It was my favourite part of the book. I also liked the mystery surrounding who she gave her letters to. Sometimes it helped me root for one guy and then for the other. In the end, I didn’t have anyone to root for except Lara Jean herself. I was wishing this would be a stand-a-lone but it wasn’t since it ended on a cliffhanger. Hopefully she picks the right guy for her.

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Overall, it was a cute and fun read and the hype was a little too much for it. I did love the cover since it pictured a POC on it. YAY!


reading progress

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quotes

I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken. (11)
I hate change more than almost anything. (23)
I do this to feign confidence, because the more I fake it, the more it’s supposed to feel true. (33)
I wonder what it’s like to have that much power over about, I don’t think I’d want it; it’s a lot of responsibility to hold a person’s heart in your hands. (37)
Firsts are best because they are beginnings. (62)
I don’t understand why you kids text when you could just call. You’d get an answer right away instead of waiting for one. (100)
I don’t think relationships are just about physicality. There are ways to show you care about someone, not just using your lips. (116)
I hate when people are sarcastic. It’s so cheap. (132)
Was I talking to you? No, I don’t think so. I was talking to my sister. —Kitty (134)
I shouldn’t have to push you to want things. You should want them for yourself. You need to take the initiative. I’m not always going to be beside you to push you. (151)
Did you know that when people fight with each other, that means they still really care about each other? (190)
It’s kind of silly to feel so disappointed about something you only just realized you wanted, isn’t it? (256)
Ever since I got your letter…I haven’t been able to stop thinking about you. (282)
Why is it so hard to say no to him? Is this what it’s like to be in love with somebody? (286)
I want to say yes, but I don’t want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody’s first choice. (311)
You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person. (312)
They love to look like the man, have all the other guys look up to them. They care more about their reputation than yours. But what’s done is done. You’ve just gotta hold your head up and act like you don’t give a shit. (324)
There is a specific kind of fight you can only have with your sister. It’s the kind where you say things you can’t take back. You say them because you can’t help but say them, because you’re so angry it’s coming up your throat and out your eyes; you’re so angry you can’t see straight. All you see is blood. (344)

rating

3/5

three-stars

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