Title: To all the boys I’ve loved before
Author: Jenny Han
My Rating: *****
Goodreads: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
This book for me was a clear five stars! Jenny Han’s style of writing is one that is easy and quick to read.
The plot for me, although cliche in parts still felt unique and the characters did not feel similar to any I have read about in other books.
The main thing that stood out for me in this book was how well each character was developed and you didn’t feel as if there were any potholes in their personalities. From Lara Jean’s little sister Kitty to their crazy neighbour across the road, everyone felt real to me.
I also loved how the main protagonist (Lara Jean) was part Korean and not just your stereotypical white American which you tend to see a lot in YA novels. Diversity is something I really enjoy in novels and I liked how Jenny Han not only made Lara Jean korean but added in little traditions as well, such as some of the food she would eat. It just gives the book that something extra.
Finally I loved how the story felt real. Obviously to a point, but the obstacles Lara Jean has to overcome within her home life felt like something you could experience in your everyday life and not just in a book.
If you enjoy YA Romance and coming of age novels then I highly recommend this book.
Tell me in the comments if you have read this story and what you thought of it.