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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | April 15, 2014 | Hardcover

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is rated 4.5833 out of 5 by 12.
Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

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.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442426705

ISBN - 13: 9781442426702

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from This bookwas amazing OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! i need the next book like right this second! this book was so good and i shall devour the next one when it comes out!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Cute light read! 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. 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. 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.
Date published: 2014-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very cute story Lara Jen Covey has a secret. She writes letters to the boys she?s crushing on, seals them, and hides them away in a box. No one is meant to see them. Until the day her letters get mailed out and she has to deal with the consequences. This was a light, cute read that left me with a smile. It wasn?t a book full of twists and surprises and the plot was fairly simple, but I really enjoyed it. It was a perfect book for a summer read. Lara Jean came off as a very young sixteen, naive and a little needy, but it made sense to me. It felt like her older sister Margot had sheltered her from most of the world while giving her jobs to make her feel like she was more of an equal. When it came time for Lara Jean to step into Margot?s shoes, she simply wasn?t ready for the responsibility. Her growth from that young girl into someone who was ready, someone who could be depended on, was really nice and I loved that it was a struggle. She wasn?t suddenly an adult because circumstances needed her to be. I loved the contrast between the three sisters. Margot was the overly responsible one who acted like an adult most of the time, though she could have her own childish moments. Lara Jean was more immature for her age while Kitty was a mix of the two, she could be a brat at times and others she was very responsible. I also appreciated that their father, a very busy man, was still present in their lives and made an effort to make sure their mother?s Korean heritage wasn?t forgotten. The development between Lara Jean and Peter was really sweet. First pretending to date due to circumstances, it slowly turned into friendship until the feelings Lara Jean thought she?d gotten over returned. It definitely wasn?t insta-love. There was a small triangle with neighbor Josh and at first, it was hard to choose but Peter won me over in the end. This book could have stood on its own but there is a second one coming. Unfortunately it won?t be for months. Long, long months.
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! Brings me back to high school I had never heard of Jenny Han until I picked up this book. I was expecting it be a very light summer read, but it was more than that for me. To All the Boys I've Loved Before captured all the feelings I felt growing up as an Asian in a predominately WASPY neighborhood. I could identify with Lara Jean's desire to "belong" and just wishing that boy I "loved" would see me for who I really was. To this day, high school was the best time of my life and the friendships I made have stood the test of time. But I start to think that maybe I should have written letters to the boys I "loved"...who knows if things would have been different!
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another of Han's best I bought this book last time i went to chapters, a little while ago. I was looking for a quirky summer book to lighten the mood a little bit and I dont think I couldve picked a better book!! This book is so innocent and not predictable! Can't wait until the sequel comes out!
Date published: 2014-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute, Fun Summer Read! This was such a cute book! I seem to be reading a lot of those lately - I`ll blame it on the warm, finally summer, weather! It read like a nice fluffy cloud - does that sound bad? What I mean is, the book had a nice flow to it and never felt over done or heavy. I was constantly smiling while reading this book - that's how cute it was! Lara Jean wrote letters to the boys she's loved but never told. Those letters get mailed out mysteriously and the five boys (Peter, Josh, and three non-main characters) confront her with them. To avoid the feelings she doesn't want to admit to, she decides to fake-date Peter. Lara Jean is a little innocent for her age, which was nice. It was nice not having the main character constantly be worried about sex or having it. The idea of writing letters to boys you love and never told sounds so innocent and fresh - I just loved the idea! To go through the emotions Lara Jean go through was fun. She's one of the more emotional characters I've read - without being unnecessarily or ridiculous in the reactions. She does maybe over react to the situation looking at it from an adult's perspective - but if you ever remember what it's like being a 16 year old girl, well let's just say she didn't go far enough (jk). At first, I hated Peter! He seemed so arrogant and he was using Lara Jean and her innocent, which I guess he was. But as time went on he became more of a character - there was more depth to him. He was caring and helped out his family and was really good with Kitty (Lara Jean's younger sister). He had a reputation, but he doesn't seem to care about what people think of him - but at the same time does (it's hard to narrow down the thinkings of a popular boy). He cares about Lara Jean and seems to try to show it - but because of her innocence and because of they started off as a lie she has a hard time seeing it for what it is. There are times when I find him to be flaky - one minute being sweet to her, the next paying way to much attention to his ex. In the end, although I wavered at times, I was cheering for him. I loved seeing their relationship grow and seeing Lara Jean grow in the process. This book was a quick, easy read that is perfect for a nice, warm summer day of lounging outside. I found it well written. although my copy did seem to have a couple typing errors in it. Sadly, I thought this was a stand alone book - even after finishing this book and starting the review. Now that I know that this is a series (at least a duology) I am less upset about the ending. It was actually one of my few negatives to this book and that just got thrown out the window. It felt too open ended and actually left me with questions. Now that I see there`s another one to come (April 25, 2015 - P.S. I Still Love You) I can`t wait and I actually wished I had waited until closer to the release date of the second book so I don`t have to wait this painstakingly long year in between. Jenny Han is a well known author, but I have never read anything by her before. After reading this book, I will gladly pick up her previous series, The Summer I Turned Pretty. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a cute romance, looking for a summer read, or loves Jenny Han - although I'm only basing this on the idea that this is in similar writing to her previous books).
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Could not put it down I've previously read Jenny Han's The Summer I Turned Pretty series and I absolutely loved it so I was pretty psyched when I found out that this book was coming out. First of all, the cover is gorgeous and second, the synopsis was very interesting and it definitely seemed like something I would like. It certainly did not disappoint! I read this book in 2 days and I simply could not put it down. If you're looking for something with a lot of action and drama and betrayal and all that soap opera plot twist stuff then this book isn't for you. However, if you're in the mood to read something simple and cute and sweet then this is definitely for you!
Date published: 2014-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect read Jenny Han is just an amazing contemporary writer. To All the Boys I've Loved Before was one of my most anticipated books of 2014.. and basically a book I was waiting from Jenny Han ever since she wrote The Summer trilogy… and that was years ago. To say I had high expectations of it is an understatement. But To All the Boys was everything I ever wanted in a contemporary, it was so so cute, adorable, fun, have I mentioned cute? and I love love loved the main protagonist Lara Jean. She's half korean and I LOVED that. I am such a huge fan of the korean culture and even went on vacation to South Korea so reading up about her culture and background just made me so happy. The synopsis is one of the best synopses I've ever read in a contemporary novel. She's a genius, seriously. Her secret letters to all her crushes get mailed to them all? the catastrophe! the awkwardness that will ensue, and the promised hilarity were just too exciting! Of course, without a doubt, Jenny Han delivered. She was able to let these characters come to life and imprint on the readers.. I still remember them all, Lara Jean, Kitty, and Margot, known as the Song girls, as well as Josh and Peter. Also, Han knew how to write a book from a teenage girl's perspective.. it was believable and it showed through the writing. Lara Jean herself was such an adorable character and I loved her to pieces. The situation she was put in was so embarrassing but the way she handled it was just how any panicky teenager would. I especially loved young Kitty and her cute yet lethal temper. That girl can hold a grudge and I just loved her know it all attitude too. As for Josh and Peter, and all the other boys in the letters, I really liked them. I truly loved one of them but I don't want to say which one in order to not skew your perspective before starting the book. However I adored him and I just loved his relationship with Lara Jean. It was swoon worthy yet innocent yet cute yet frustrating, yet (insert every other emotion you can think of). Basically, these two were one hell of a team! To All the Boys isn't just fluffy, as with all of Han's books, all the characters go through character development and you witness that gradually. Lara Jean in the beginning of the book is a different, yet the same, Lara Jean at the end. She's more mature, has more life experience that made her grow, and a, not better per say, more developed version of her self. I loved the dynamic between the Song girls and I wanted to get in their sisterly hugs because of how adorable they were. I can't say enough positive things about this book. I loved it to pieces and I will be re-reading it soon because I need to get back into Lara Jean's world, it puts a smile on my face and gives me happy feelings <3. i="" can't="" wait="" for="" the="" second="" book,="" p.s.="" i="" still="" love="" you,="" and="" i="" am="" so="" impatient..="" but="" one="" thing="" i="" know="" for="" sure,="" i="" am="" going="" to="" love="" it!="">
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another of Jenny Han's Best. Jenny Han, you know that I love you and your books, but seriously, what have you done to me. I. AM. ABSOLUTELY. BROKEN after reading this unbelievable book. So I started off hoping and absolutely expecting the best. I love Jenny Han's books. She is one of my favourite authors and leaves me either crying or screaming happily by the end. And guess what I got when reading To All The Boys I've Loved Before? Haha, BOTH. Lara Jean has loved five boys in total, and after every single time she felt like it was time to say goodbye to the guy, she wrote a letter to them, expressing all of her fears and feelings. She'd end up putting the letter away in a teal hatbox that her mother once gave her before she died. One day, all of her fears were made public, and each letter was sent to the boys she loved before. She was mortified, just like any teenage girl would be. She found out that her father gave the box to Goodwill, and the letters then were given to the guys. Lara Jean unexpectedly kisses one of the guys she once loved in order to make another jealous, and that's where it all began. The Racing Plot: From the beginning, I was stuck in this book. After the main idea got to its point, I already knew that I was in love with this book, and it's normally difficult to figure that out until the end when reading a book. Jenny Han just keeps her books magical and amazing all throughout. Who'd think that someone would cry in this kind of book? Let me tell you, I never expected that I'd go through so many emotional breakdowns when reading this book, but I did. One minute I was so happy for Lara and the next I just wanted to die. I just don't understand how people say there was no romance in this book, because there. absolutely. WAS. OKAY? I listened to the reviews and was like, "Oh. This is going to be boring because there's no romance and it's all complaining and whining." NOOOO. The romance in this book may have been fake for a while, but it was there, and I'm not going to let anyone get by thinking the opposite. A love triangle in a contemporary/chick-lit book? Tell me more! Yes, this included a deep love-triangle, and I seriously didn't know who's side to be on because oh my, Lara was too lucky to have two hot guys running after her. I felt like I had to keep myself going strong and STAYING strong so I wouldn't squeal and feel like I was dying when a normal scene was going on in the book. So Jenny Han eventually left me crying and I had to calm myself, AND IT'S BECAUSE OF THE GUYS. Imagine that, guys breaking readers' hearts. -.- The Characters: Holy popsicles. The characters were too good. I loved the Song sisters, their bond was inseparable, and you can never find a sisterly bond like that in any book. It's the first time I've read about something like this. Lara was a downright kick-ass awesome protagonist. Many people disliked her because she liked her sister's ex-boyfriend, but I didn't care. She deserved a guy who would be good for her, and it didn't matter who he was, as long as she loved him. I seriously saw Peter as the perfect guy for her, although I didn't see that right in the beginning when we met him. At first I saw him as a snob, or one of those "popular jock guys we see in the movies," but in the end, I ended up loving him too much. He made me upset for not expressing his feelings for Lara sooner enough, and not knowing who to pick- Genevieve or Lara, but he was a little heart-breaking teddy bear that I just wanted to cuddle with. This is one of my new favourites, and one of my favourite contemporaries ever. Once again, Jenny Han has made me bawl and cry and love another novel again. :)
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick read Super quick and easy read, I was intrigued to where the story was going and I read It in a day. I will definitely be checking put where the rest of the story goes one letter at a time. When I realized I was so close to finishing this book I was wanting more. I felt like there was a lot more that could have been explained. The book ends at the climax and now we'll all have to wait another year or so until we know where the story will go. But the book was really good, it's about Lara Jean and her family. Her older sister is leaving for college, a younger sister and her father who works to much, her best friend that comes and goes, and Josh the boy next door who is dating her older sister. The book revolves around Lara Jean and her relationship with her family and about the love letters she's wrote to all the boys she's loved before but never sends them out. Until she finds out that they have been sent! DUN DUN DUN. Now what will Lara Jean do?
Date published: 2014-04-16

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 in

Published: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1442426705

ISBN - 13: 9781442426702

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before 1 JOSH IS MARGOT’S BOYFRIEND, BUT I guess you could say my whole family is a little in love with him. It’s hard to say who most of all. Before he was Margot’s boyfriend, he was just Josh. He was always there. I say always, but I guess that’s not true. He moved next door five years ago but it feels like always. My dad loves Josh because he’s a boy and my dad is surrounded by girls. I mean it: all day long he is surrounded by females. My dad is an ob-gyn, and he also happens to be the father of three daughters, so it’s like girls, girls, girls all day. He also likes Josh because Josh likes comics and he’ll go fishing with him. My dad tried to take us fishing once, and I cried when my shoes got mud on them, and Margot cried when her book got wet, and Kitty cried because Kitty was still practically a baby. Kitty loves Josh because he’ll play cards with her and not get bored. Or at least pretend to not get bored. They make deals with each other—if I win this next hand, you have to make me a toasted crunchy-peanut-butter-sandwich, no crusts. That’s Kitty. Inevitably there won’t be crunchy peanut butter and Josh will say too bad, pick something else. But then Kitty will wear him down and he’ll run out and buy some, because that’s Josh. If I had to say why Margot loves him, I think maybe I would say it’s because we all do. We are in the living room, Kitty is pas
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Lara Jean&#8217;s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them&#8230;all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren&#8217;t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she&#8217;s written. One for every boy she&#8217;s ever loved&#8212;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&#8217;s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

About the Author

Jenny Han was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned an MFA in writing for children at New School University. She lives in New York City.

Editorial Reviews

In this lovely, lighthearted romance...readers will remember the Song sisters and the boys in their lives long after the final page turn.
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