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

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Yet another book I’ve seen all over bookstagram, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a sweet read, like the book version of cotton candy. I was surprised I read this so quickly, but once I started, I found it really hard to stop. By the end of the book, I was utterly smitten with Lara Jean, and I’m excited to see what happens in the next two books — P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean. (After I finish my August TBR, of course.)

Not sure what this book is about? You can find a short synopsis in my August TBR post! 🙂

What I Liked: It’s been a while since I was in high school. (*cough* 10 years… 😂) But this book made me feel like I was back in high school. The details were spot-on, and the social dynamics felt very familiar. I loved Lara Jean’s family. It honestly took me a while to warm up to Kitty, and I had some conflicted feelings about Margot towards the end. But as an only child, I’m always curious about what it’s like to have siblings, and I enjoyed seeing both the tough times and the happy ones. ❤ I also liked that we learn by the end of the book how Lara Jean’s love letters ended up in the mail. (I won’t spoil it, in case you haven’t read it!) I wondered if that plot detail might be stretched into the second book, or even the third, but I appreciated not having to wait that long. And although I haven’t read the other books yet, I feel like getting that out of the way early will open them up to explore Lara Jean’s relationships in the aftermath of those letters, along with everything else that happened in this book.

What I Disliked: Guys… I spent most of this book not liking Peter K. AT ALL. Sure, he had his moments, and there were times when I thought, Okay, that’s kind of sweet. He’s not so bad. But then he would do something — usually involving Genevieve — that would make me want to throw the book across the room. 😑 I wasn’t entirely convinced that he liked Lara Jean. I know she says that, despite his flaws and the fact that he’s a little self-absorbed, he truly sees her, but sometimes… Geez. 🙄 Maybe I’m too far removed from high school ~feelings~ to give him a total pass. (And I didn’t date anyone until college, so I’m also not too familiar with actual high school relationships.) But hey! I’m willing to give him a chance and see how things go in the next book. I’m honestly a little more into Josh right now — despite his complicated past/present with Margot — but that might have something to do with that Lord of the Rings marathon he mentioned to Lara Jean… 😅

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

About the Author: Jenny Han
More Books by This Author:
The Summer I Turned Pretty
It’s Not Summer Without You
We’ll Always Have Summer
Burn for Burn (co-written with Siobhan Vivian)
Fire with Fire (co-written with Siobhan Vivian)
Ashes to Ashes (co-written with Siobhan Vivian)
P.S. I Still Love You
Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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