To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Hardcover | April 15, 2014

byJenny Han

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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.

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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 l...

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.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.3 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute!! Very cute contemporary read! I really recommend it to people with kids in their young teens. It was sweet and cute and had a lot of good messages about life as a teenager and family.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING i couldn't put this book down. i absolutely loved it. it was well written, with a great plot and amazing detail. there's not a bad thing to say about it.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Old crushes coming back into your life, it's a book that every teenage girl dreads but it was so fun to read!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Still freaking out about how cute this book was. the Aesthetic that Jenny Han set up in this book made me fall in love with the characters (Peter!) and the settings. The plot was fun and interesting, always pulling you in. Really enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love love love So cute!!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! This is the first of Jenny Han's books I have read. I enjoyed this book very much! It was a fun and qick read. The story is cute, witty, and funny! Great for anyone who is in a reading slump and/or love Kasie West's books!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVE! I love all books by Jenny Han! She is an amazing author. I can never seem to put down her books. It is a light read that made me laugh when I needed it. Great choice!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Somehow the pages just kept turning... This was one of those books that I'd stay up all night to read (and would slightly regret that choice the next day) and be itching it sit down in any free moment because I just had to know what was going to happen next! It's definitely a light and easy read and so very worth my sleepless nights!!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, Easy Read! To all the boys I've loved before follows the story of Lara Jean, a high school student whose love letters she wrote to past crushes get sent out mysteriously. Lara must confront all the boys from her past, including her sister’s ex-boyfriend Josh and one of her ex best friends Peter. Lara Jean learns throughout the novel that not all bad things are forever bad when she rekindles friendships and learns to love again. I really enjoyed this novel, as a reader I instantly loved Peter as a character and wanted him to end up with Lara but also instantly fell for Josh. Jenny Han created two male protagonists that most readers would fall in love with because they are two opposite boys but both have the same warm hearts. As they are both stock characters, Peter represents the jock while Josh represents the nice guy. Kitty was absolutely hilarious; she was so relatable since I also have a younger sibling. She was one of my favorite characters while Margot, to me personally had no real effect. Margot was just another character although she was necessary. Mr. Covey was a really nice, warm character and as a reader I hope in the sequel he finds somebody. Chris and Genevieve were odd characters in my opinion, they were so similar yet so different. At times, they just annoyed me but I couldn’t see the novel without them. Overall at the beginning, I thought I was going to have to push myself to finish this novel but a quarter of the way through I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this novel to anyone since it touches as a child everyone’s fear of their crush finding out and a struggle everyone deals with, whether to fall in love or not and if it is with the right person.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great easy read! This is an adorable story for when you want something light to read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super adorable Really cute. Gave me all the feels.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! This is a great fluffy read with adorable characters that have you shipping/rooting for everyone!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this book a few months ago and couldn't put it down! The story line is so cute and it's refreshing to see so many characters mature throughout the novel. This is a must-read!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So cute! This book was a cute, light, enjoyable read to start and then things got intense. Lara Jean's experiences and thoughts on love and relationships were very relatable to me. I experienced a dramatic whirlwind of emotions while reading this book and my opinions on some of the characters changed throughout the book. The ending definitely left me wondering about a lot and I'll be excited to dive into the sequel to this book as soon as possible!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a Cute Story! I loved this story so much! It was such a quick read and it was super cute! It is a great palette cleanser and would be great to read if you're ever in a reading slump.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, Quick Read. A great YA to get you through a reading slump. It was easy to get through but still had me invested in the characters. It's a good one!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my favourite book ever Read this before and I loved it. So now I bought it
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start, great finish. This book took some time to get exciting but by the middle it was funny and sweet. Lara Jean is easy to relate to at any age.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Absolutely not what i expected!! This was a perfect light summer read. I was expecting this book to be very boring but au contraire it was just perfect!! Funny & Sweet #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I love this book and fell in love with the characters! If you're looking for something cute, I recommend this
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED, LOVED, LOVED the book! I read the book since it is a YRCA nomination for 2017. The book really hooks you in and I found it really difficult to put down! The sequel is also a must! Very similar to the stories in Jenny Hans other books, but is a great easy read.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Cute! I love this book and thought it was a great start to a great series. I Would suggest this to anyone who likes a cute love story.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! I fell in love with this book!!!! One of my favourite book of all time for sure! The writing is great, the characters are great, the chemistry between them is fantastic... I recommended this to my two best friends (who don't read) and they also fell in love with this book
Date published: 2016-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read !!! Perfect fun light read! The story is relatable, witty, and lightharted. Lara Jean in a character that stays with you, and a character you want to continue to follow as her unconventional relationship develops and pulls you in. This novel had me smiling and laughing and wanting to know what happens next !!! Definitely purchasing the sequel.
Date published: 2016-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book! I borrowed it from a friend a year ago and i can still remember every single part of the book. I bought the second book called "p.s i still love you" amazing book. once you start you can't put the book down. I really recommend buying this book. Amazing :)
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I normally don't like romcom-style books, and when I do read them, I am not drawn to it. This book, however, has done the impossible: I love this to bits, and I was so drawn to the universe of Lara Jean and Peter, that when this book ended, I found myself wanting more, and asking questions -- many, many questions. This is an absolutely amazing book!
Date published: 2016-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is great! I kind of doubted this book at the beginning, but I actually liked it a lot! It is more realistic and heavier than any other fluffy teen romance book. It was different, and really good!
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!!!!!! ive heard a lot about this books so i finally gave it a go. Im so happy that I waited for the second book to come out before reading this! because once you start.. there's no way ur going to stop! i finished this book within 9 hours along with its second book "p.s. i still love you". i recommend this book and im still in love with the characters especially P.K. ;)
Date published: 2016-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Fake Relationship Trope Book! I originally was not going to read this book. The blurb did not sound interesting to me because it sounded super predictable (which it was). But it was $1.99 on Kobo so I said what the hell. I was genuinely surprised at how much I liked this. Lara Jean was a static character, but I have a craving for fake relationship novels. Those are my go-to fics and this one was perfect. I love the build up of them! From the "we are just doing this to make someone else jealous" to the "oh shit I think I like you" to the "oh no you don't like me so I am going to call this off" to the "oh we both actuallylike each other and are idiots". But in all honesty, I liked it so much because of Peter Kavinsky. He played his part perfectly and I would love to read this story from his point of view. I wasn't a fan of the sister relationship in this one, it felt forced and awkward. Their "blow up" and subsequent make up at the end was a little ridiculous to me, to be honest. It seemed like the author was just looking for another way to isolate Lara Jean before she had a realization about what she should actually be doing with her life. I feel like there wasn't enough character development of her sister to have it be such a big deal that Lara Jean and her were fighting over a guy. It didn't seem to fit into their relationship as it was explained in the novel. If you don't like cheesy, super predictable, contemporary young adult novels, you will hate this. But if you love fake relationship stories as much as me, this is one you should pick up for sure. Overall: 4/5 stars because of Peter Kavinsky and my favourite trope in the world: fake relationships.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! This is tied for my favourite book with the sequel! Both were amazing the story really comes to life and the characters although all have their set of flaws are amazing and bubbly and just lovable. I feel that Jenny Han hit the nail on the head with this book!
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun, quick read Wow! I couldn't put it down! Jenny Han's writing sucks you in and doesn't let go. I really loved how you can try and figure out what is happening but it's not always what actually happens! And the ending, I don't know how I feel. I was shocked when I found out who sent the letters, I was not thinking it would be who it was! And I don't know I don't now if she is making the right choice with who she is falling for. Overall, it was really good!
Date published: 2015-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!!!! This book is the best love story I've ever read. Its a cute, funny, and inspiring love story with a huge plot twist. I LOVE IT I LOVE IT I LOVE IT! My only concern is I WANT THR SECOND BOOK NOW!!
Date published: 2015-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Paced Read! Jenny Han never seizes to amaze me with her fantastic writing, romance scenes and even love triangles. I devoured To All the Boy's I've Loved Before. I have read the Summer series which I loved as well, but this book was perfection in one book. The book sounds like its more about the romance but Han with her amazing writing to include Lara Jean relationships with her family, and friendships with her sisters. The Song girls throughout the entire book really have this bond between them. Margot, Kitty and Lara Jean have this strong relationship that it makes me wish I was closer with my sister. Their bonds are tested through their ups and downs but their are so many moments that even though they have arguments they still manage to overcome it and become even closer. Han delivers each character as though they are real and easy to relate to. The situations that Lara Jean has to face was funny and also embarrassing but she sticks it out to prove everyone wrong. Kitty is a great character because she can put her sisters in place at times, and with her temper. Josh and Peter (or all the boys) in the letters I really loved each of them. I didn't want the book to end because I got so involved in the story! Overall, I loved this book from the moment I started reading it because Jenny Han knows her audience well and also try to beg for the next book. The character development is growing as you get to know Lara Jean and her family/friends. Everything about this book made me giddy inside. I'm looking forward to what the next book will have in store because this world gives all the happy feels and I need to know what will happen next! Pick up any of Jenny Han books and be guaranteed a great read!
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To All the Boys I've Loved Before I was looking for something a little different to read from my normal genres and this book fit the bill perfectly. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed all the characters and dialogue between them. Being a father of 2 kids under 10 years old, I can't wait to recommend this book to them when they hit puberty!
Date published: 2015-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Was a good quick read and kept me invested from page one to the end. Is a great romance book if your liking for a quick read as I finished in about 3 maybe 3 and a half hours.
Date published: 2015-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Teen Read Great easy read. The struggle between choosing loves at a high school level is always turned up a notch in the eyes of a teenager. Han writes in first person and at a level that is believable for the narrator, which is basically an emotional roller coaster. I liked how it not only touches upon love interests, but family and friends as well, whilst going through the changes on experiences growing up.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! It is amazing! This book best describes a teen girl's life! I recommend this book to any teen who likes a little romance in his-her book (s)
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Young love at its finest This book is about the troubles that arise while having sibling, crushes, and ex-lovers. In this book it shows how to grow to love someone again even after that relationship train has left the station.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER this book is beyond amazing i loved it !
Date published: 2015-03-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An ok teen read I heard about this book through Lauren Conrad's Book Club. Seeing as how she is my age (29), i expected something more age-appropriate for the twenty - something crowd... this is a teen book, and not a really great one at that. If you're 12-18 years old, go for it. If youre not, id
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light, funny, quirky, amazing! 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' was outstanding! I wasn't sure what to expect of this contemporary, but I am wowed. This is my first Jenny Han book, but it won't be the last! It's beautifully written, easy to follow, and so, so cute! I adore the main character Lara (other than her first name). Her sisters, especially her younger sister Kitty, are also, amazing characters! Really, all the characters are dimensional, loveable and enjoyable. You'll be smiling a little on every page! Laughing every chapter, at LEAST. It's funny and light, and Lara is quirky in such an admirable way. Her family background, childhood, and story in general is quite magnificent. Of course, Peter Kavinsky is my favourite. Josh is pretty amazing also. It was really hard to tell who she'd like more. My only wish is that Lara interacted more with "all the boys she's loved before" instead of only two. Of the five boys, two were main characters, two were only really mentioned/talked to a couple of times, and the fifth one is never actually seen. It seemed like two of the five were favoured from the beginning, and I think it would've been interesting if the three other boys were equally as interesting and paid attention to. This is one of the reasons I'm rating the book a 4 and not a 5. The second reason is that the story (other than Josh vs Peter) is very predictable. HOW did the letters get out? I figured it out right away. Actually, there wasn't really any "figuring out" to do. It was very obvious to me. So obvious that I was hoping Jenny Han was purposely misleading me. She wasn't. Overall though, it's a great read! It's light, funny, easy and it seems really short. But that's how you know that it's good. Good books always seem too short. You'll love the characters! I'm looking forward to the second book, 'P.S. I still love you". Many people were terrified that there was not going to be a sequel, but I was perfectly fine with the ending of 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'. I think that major cliffhanger would've been a good, final ending. It's very movie-like, and open-ended. I like that. I had the same feeling about 'If I Stay' which was also followed by a sequel. I'm not complaining about 'P.S. I Still Love You' though, because even if the story brings disappointment, I'd love to see more of and hear from the characters again!
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books! Such a cute book! I can definetly see myself re-reading this a couple of times in the future!
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I loved this book since the beginning because is really realistic and if you like non fiction novels you will love this.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I so loved this! Jus can't believe I have to wait till June next year to read the next book. Cant wait! Even the cover was perfect!
Date published: 2014-12-22
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 To all the boys I've loved before This book was very well written. I really liked it. The ending could've been extended a bit though or an epilogue added.
Date published: 2014-08-10
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 Jenny Han has become one of my favourite authors. It's crazy to say, but I would rather read one of her books than a Jodi Picoult book. This story was authentic, whitty, surprising and amazing; completely unpredictable. I fell in love with the characters and was extremely disappointed when it ended. Perfectly written and finished!
Date published: 2014-06-06
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 To All the Boys I've Loved Before NO, it can't end like that!! I loved, loved this book.
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 5 out of 5 by from Dear jenny Han I loved this book. Finished it in a day and I am team josh. The ending felt like a possible conclusion but not quite at the same time. The necklace was gone so I'm thinking peter got it for Lara Jean
Date published: 2014-04-17
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 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 pasting pictures of dogs to a giant piece of cardboard. There’s paper and scraps all around her. Humming to herself, she says, “When Daddy asks me what I want for Christmas, I am just going to say, ‘Pick any one of these breeds and we’ll be good.’ ” Margot and Josh are on the couch; I’m lying on the floor, watching TV. Josh popped a big bowl of popcorn, and I devote myself to it, handfuls and handfuls of it. A commercial comes on for perfume: a girl is running around the streets of Paris in an orchid-colored halter dress that is thin as tissue paper. What I wouldn’t give to be that girl in that tissue-paper dress running around Paris in springtime! I sit up so suddenly I choke on a kernel of popcorn. Between coughs I say, “Margot, let’s meet in Paris for my spring break!” I’m already picturing myself twirling with a pistachio macaron in one hand and a raspberry one in the other. Margot’s eyes light up. “Do you think Daddy will let you?” “Sure, it’s culture. He’ll have to let me.” But it’s true that I’ve never flown by myself before. And also I’ve never even left the country before. Would Margot meet me at the airport, or would I have to find my own way to the hostel? Josh must see the sudden worry on my face because he says, “Don’t worry. Your dad will definitely let you go if I’m with you.” I brighten. “Yeah! We can stay at hostels and just eat pastries and cheese for all our meals.” “We can go to Jim Morrison’s grave!” Josh throws in. “We can go to a parfumerie and get our personal scents done!” I cheer, and Josh snorts. “Um, I’m pretty sure ‘getting our scents done’ at a parfumerie would cost the same as a week’s stay at the hostel,” he says. He nudges Margot. “Your sister suffers from delusions of grandeur.” “She is the fanciest of the three of us,” Margot agrees. “What about me?” Kitty whimpers. “You?” I scoff. “You’re the least fancy Song girl. I have to beg you to wash your feet at night, much less take a shower.” Kitty’s face gets pinched and red. “I wasn’t talking about that, you dodo bird. I was talking about Paris.” Airily, I wave her off. “You’re too little to stay at a hostel.” She crawls over to Margot and climbs in her lap, even though she’s nine and nine is too big to sit in people’s laps. “Margot, you’ll let me go, won’t you?” “Maybe it could be a family vacation,” Margot says, kissing her cheek. “You and Lara Jean and Daddy could all come.” I frown. That’s not at all the Paris trip I was imagining. Over Kitty’s head Josh mouths to me, We’ll talk later, and I give him a discreet thumbs-up. *  *  * It’s later that night; Josh is long gone. Kitty and our dad are asleep. We are in the kitchen. Margot is at the table on her computer; I am sitting next to her, rolling cookie dough into balls and dropping them in cinnamon and sugar. Snickerdoodles to get back in Kitty’s good graces. Earlier, when I went in to say good night, Kitty rolled over and wouldn’t speak to me because she’s still convinced I’m going to try to cut her out of the Paris trip. My plan is to put the snickerdoodles on a plate right next to her pillow so she wakes up to the smell of fresh-baked cookies. Margot’s being extra quiet, and then, out of nowhere, she looks up from her computer and says, “I broke up with Josh tonight. After dinner.” My cookie-dough ball falls out of my fingers and into the sugar bowl. “I mean, it was time,” she says. Her eyes aren’t red-rimmed; she hasn’t been crying, I don’t think. Her voice is calm and even. Anyone looking at her would think she was fine. Because Margot is always fine, even when she’s not. “I don’t see why you had to break up,” I say. “Just ’cause you’re going to college doesn’t mean you have to break up.” “Lara Jean, I’m going to Scotland, not UVA. Saint Andrews is nearly four thousand miles away.” She pushes up her glasses. “What would be the point?” I can’t even believe she would say that. “The point is, it’s Josh. Josh who loves you more than any boy has ever loved a girl!” Margot rolls her eyes at this. She thinks I’m being dramatic, but I’m not. It’s true—that’s how much Josh loves Margot. He would never so much as look at another girl. Suddenly she says, “Do you know what Mommy told me once?” “What?” For a moment I forget all about Josh. Because no matter what I am doing in life, if Margot and I are in the middle of an argument, if I am about to get hit by a car, I will always stop and listen to a story about Mommy. Any detail, any remembrance that Margot has, I want to have it too. I’m better off than Kitty, though. Kitty doesn’t have one memory of Mommy that we haven’t given her. We’ve told her so many stories so many times that they’re hers now. “Remember that time . . . ,” she’ll say. And then she’ll tell the story like she was there and not just a little baby. “She told me to try not to go to college with a boyfriend. She said she didn’t want me to be the girl crying on the phone with her boyfriend and saying no to things instead of yes.” Scotland is Margot’s yes, I guess. Absently, I scoop up a mound of cookie dough and pop it in my mouth. “You shouldn’t eat raw cookie dough,” Margot says. I ignore her. “Josh would never hold you back from anything. He’s not like that. Remember how when you decided to run for student-body president, he was your campaign manager? He’s your biggest fan!” At this, the corners of Margot’s mouth turn down, and I get up and fling my arms around her neck. She leans her head back and smiles up at me. “I’m okay,” she says, but she isn’t, I know she isn’t. “It’s not too late, you know. You can go over there right now and tell him you changed your mind.” Margot shakes her head. “It’s done, Lara Jean.” I release her and she closes her laptop. “When will the first batch be ready? I’m hungry.” I look at the magnetic egg timer on the fridge. “Four more minutes.” I sit back down and say, “I don’t care what you say, Margot. You guys aren’t done. You love him too much.” She shakes her head. “Lara Jean,” she begins, in her patient Margot voice, like I am a child and she is a wise old woman of forty-two. I wave a spoonful of cookie dough under Margot’s nose, and she hesitates and then opens her mouth. I feed it to her like a baby. “Wait and see, you and Josh will be back together in a day, maybe two.” But even as I’m saying it, I know it’s not true. Margot’s not the kind of girl to break up and get back together on a whim; once she’s decided something, that’s it. There’s no waffling, no regrets. It’s like she said: when she’s done, she’s just done. I wish (and this is a thought I’ve had many, many times, too many times to count) I was more like Margot. Because sometimes it feels like I’ll never be done. Later, after I’ve washed the dishes and plated the cookies and set them on Kitty’s pillow, I go to my room. I don’t turn the light on. I go to my window. Josh’s light is still on.

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.