Friday, May 16, 2014

Review: To All The Boys I've Loved by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schusters
Published: April 15, 2014
Format: Hardback (Borrowed from a friend.)
Review: 3.5 Nooks.
   What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?
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.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han was a lovely, light "beach" read. It was romantic, cliche, but oh, so cute.  Lara Jean was a strong protagonist who wasn't too damsel in distress throughout the entire novel.  She was also a realistic character.  And I don't know about you guys- but I love a realistic character in a book, especially if they are near my age. Her family happens to be one of my favorite through out literature. Her sisters, Kitty and Margot, were well written through out the entire novel, shining with individuality. 

Margot was the perfect one. The one that Lara Jean and Kitty almost- I dare say- "idolized". When they lost their mother, Margot kept the family running.  And at the beginning of the book, Margot moves to Scotland for college, and it's a big change for Lara Jean to deal with. Margot was the foundation, and she was leaving the rest of the family on stilts when she left.

Kitty. Ah, little Kitty.  She is such a dynamic, fireball character. In all of my years of reading, I haven't once met a character like Kitty, but she honestly reminds me of Maya. Maybe that is why I am so fond of her.  The little nine year old is the funny one.  She isn't necessarily a sweet sister, but you can tell how she is also like glue in the family. 

Get. Back. On. Point. Courtney. 

  This book almost had a sorta, kinda love triangle going on.  If there is one thing that irks me in a book, it is when authors create a love triangle that makes us fall in love with BOTH boys. I, mean, really? Is it necessary?  Jenny Han does a little bit, but you can tell she is trying to pursuade the reader into one of the boys who shall not be named. 

   So, we have Peter and Josh. Peter is the jocky, popular type, and Josh is the nerdy-in-a-cute-way type.  We are introduces with Lara being currently in love with good, ole' Josh. Even though, he is Margot's boyfriend of two years.  Then her letters accidently get mailed, so we see Peter- who also got a letter- step in to be Lara Jean's 'fake boyfriend' to keep Josh from thinking anything of the letter. 

    Well, that obviously made Josh more attracted to Lara Jean since he and Margot had broken up.   And we all know how it goes from there, and if you don't well I'll let you read the book to find out.  

The story flows nicely, even though it is dotted through out with slow parts, and it develops.  It's a little cliche', but a cute summer read.  And I will most definitely be reading the second book because of the cliff hanger ending. So, I give it 3.5 Nooks. It was somewhere between good and great. <3 nbsp="" p="">