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To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

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.

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I feel like I say this a lot in my blog post, but I cannot believe I took this long to read this book, I wanted to read it before I watched the movie, so I picked it up and wow, I devoured it, it’s the first book in so long that I’ve stayed up through the night to read! I just couldn’t put it down, so I definitely loved this book, but I know it may not be for everyone. 

It was perfect for me, honestly that cliche teenage kind of cheesy romance is my favourite genre. The book was cute, like so cute! 

Lara Jean has written letters to all her previous ‘loves’ but never sends then, boys that she may have liked at one some time in her life, she writes down her feeling to ‘get over them’ and then seals she addresses them and keeps them in a hat box, until they mysteriously get sent out and the boys receive them, I did guess how they got sent straight away, but it didn’t take anything away from the plot. 

Lara Jean was a very typical character from a YA novel, awkward, nervous, quirky and shy, I loved her though, I thought she was a great character. And actually had a lot of depth, she was written so well, not just skimmed over to get through the plot, all the characters were really well developed,

The drama that ensued after the letters were mailed was intense, Really I had no clue what was going to happen within the plot, there a few things I thought could happen. Which made it a really interesting read. 

Two main love interests feature, Josh the boy who has always been around Lara Jean and her family, but he comes with a very big complication, and then there is Peter who is a bit of a player, but actually very sweet deep down, I started out not liking him very much, but I think I loved him by the end of the book. He made for a really fantastic book boyfriend, with his own drama included (Gen, who was just awful, more so in the movie. Typical high school mean girl).

The family dynamic was really lovely, Lara Jean lives with her father, older sister Margot and younger sister Kitty, I really enjoyed the family times that we got to read about, and Kitty, the littlest sister was so feisty, sassy and hilarious. I loved her. I honestly think she was my favourite character.

The story telling was fantastic, for a bit of a cheesy YA story it was well paced and written brilliantly, it flowed well and made it really easy to read. 

I am going to need to read the next two like ASAP, because I am really into these characters and Jenny’s writing! 

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Movie review

I watched the movie the next day after I finished reading the book, I’d already heard so much hype about it and it didn’t disappoint, it was cute and sweet and I loved putting faces to the characters, and not just the ones in my head.

Of course with any movie adaption a few things were different or some parts were developed a bit more, but I think what they did was excellent, it made for a really great movie to watch. They didn’t skip any hugely important parts, they had the core of the story, I thought all the actors were brilliant, and the boys….there was quite a lot of eye candy, which always makes for great viewing! 

I would always advise to read the book first though, I think it makes watching the film really interesting! 🙂 

Books are always better in my opinion though…

 

13 thoughts on “To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

  1. I watched the film first as I kept seeing spoilers and just really wanted to, and I’m pretty glad I did as it’s made me even more excited to read the book (which I’ve wanted to read for YEARS). I want to read at least the first by the end of the year 😊
    Amy x

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  2. I read all three books in the same day it was such a good series! The film was so amazing, even though at first I was disappointed at the way certain situations were approached but than I realized the way the story was told was perfectly fine.

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  3. This sounds like a really good book! Lara Jean sounds like such a likeable character. It’s great when you find a book you can’t put down and even better when you can experience it all over again in a film. Thank you for the recommendation Lainy 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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