Sunday, 11 October 2015
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han : Review
Publication date: April 15th 2014
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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.
I read 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' around 2 years ago and thought it was okay but I didn't continue on with the series. Even though I was a bit disappointed by the first book I had read of hers, I was really intrigued by 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before', It such an interesting concept.
I loved Lara Jean and Peter, though I did end up just calling her Lauren because I couldn't be bothered to read Lara Jean. I thought their relationship with so cute. I wanted them to get together from the moment he was introduced. The characters were all very well developed but I did find myself hate Lara Jean's older sister. she was quite rude.
The plot was interesting to read but it was very predictable and unoriginal. I knew the plot twist was coming the whole way through and thought Lara Jean's reaction was selfish and one-sided.
In conclusion, I don't think I like Jenny Han's writing style that much. I think she does very predictable romance stories that have been written a hndred times over. Saying that, it is nice to occasionally have a break from the depressing books that I would otherwise be reading. I'm giving 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' 3/5 stars. It is a fun cutesy contemporary, that shouldn't be to deeply looked into.