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

**The third book in this series came out TODAY! 

“My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.”

Synopsis from GoodreadsLara 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.

Feelings: This book has had my eye for a while, but I have to be in the right reading mood for chick lit and high school love stories. I had a free Saturday and decided this book would fit the bill and BOY was I right! You guys, I read this book in a few hours, in basically one sitting. I was hooked in from the very beginning and was desperate to see how it would all unfold.

This story is not at all what I was expecting. I knew the basic premise, but I was thinking it would focus more on each of the boys who received letters, rather than zeroing in on two of them. But I found how different those two boys were was enough to keep me entertained.

Issues: The love triangle was annoying at times, but they have a tendency to be that way. Do we ever really enjoy love triangles? I certainly don’t. So the whole friend/boyfriend/like-a-brother thing went in circles a few times. But it wasn’t annoying enough for me to put the book down. Lara Jean was able to make a choice and run with it, so I was somewhat satisfied.

It was kind of hard to believe that some of those letters were written when she was in middle school. The language sounded older…and I would know, considering I teach middle school English.

I didn’t LOVE the ending; it was so abrupt! Boom – over. However, since the second book is already out, I know I can just grab it and move along with the story. If I’d read it before the sequel was out, it would have really annoyed me.

Characters: I was able to really connect with Lara Jean. I know a lot of people may not see themselves in her, but I have a lot in common with her – her personality, what she likes, how she acts around people, the way responsibility was thrust upon her. The relationship between the Song sisters was really fun, seeing how different they all were. They fight and argue, make up, and do it all over again. It came off as really realistic, which I appreciated.

Josh is a tricky character for me. I liked how he was basically part of the family and I can understand how his feelings were confused. Kitty may have been my favorite character in the book. She was so sure of herself and kind of in her own little world. By the end, though, you realize just how “in the know” she really is and how valuable she was to the plot. As for Margot, I was glad she was out of the country for the majority of the story. She needed to loosen up, even though I can understand the burden that she felt was on her shoulders and how she had to grow up a little bit faster. I didn’t really care for Peter at first because he just screamed douchebag, but by the end I could see that different side of him. I’m excited to see (hopefully) more development for him in the next book.

Final thoughts: I really enjoyed this book – more than I thought I would! I didn’t finish Han’s earlier book, The Summer I Turned Pretty, because the main character was too annoying for me. However, I’m glad I gave THIS series a chance because I’m excited to grab the next one! Hoping for some more character development and a more satisfying break between some of the characters.

Pick this up if you liked:

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Goodreads rating: 4.11/5

Amazon.com rating: 4.5/5

My rating: 4.25/5

Happy reading! – Caitlyn

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4 thoughts on “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

  1. This series is one my my favourite YA contemporaries…. and yes, I have preordered my copy of the third book. Can’t wait to get my *squee* on! Thanks for posting a great review. Look forward to see what you think of the next installment.

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  2. I’m glad you liked this series! It’s not at all like The Summer I Turned Pretty, which I liked because I read them in college. If I read them now, I’m not sure that I would enjoy them the same way again. I loved the first To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, but the second one wasn’t as enjoyable for me and I found myself happy that it was over. It’s been so long ago that I’m not exactly sure what I didn’t like about it, but it could just be the general issues I’ve been having with YA. I’m older now and I’ve grown out of it. I hope you get to the third one. I’m probably not going to read it unless some of the bloggers and Youtubers I trust LOVE it.

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    1. I finished the third book this weekend! I really enjoyed it. I thought it was a great way to wrap up the series. I think partly I enjoyed it because I was really in the mood for that kind of story. But I also just really clicked with those characters, so I was happy to be with them again!

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