To All The Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han

Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Page Count: 355 
Buy It: Book Depository
My Rating: 4 Stars

Goodreads Summary

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.

Sometimes you just need a cutesy, fun contemporary novel - and that's what this is. I listened to To All The Boys I've Loved Before on audiobook, narrated by Laura Knight Keating, and it was wonderful. She had a brilliant way of bringing all the characters to life, and towards the end of the story I felt as though I was listening to a movie, she nailed the characters emotions perfectly. 

Lara Jean was a character I had trouble connecting with in the beginning because while the book is YA, she came across much younger than actually is. I found her frustrating, and I honestly didn't think I was going to like this book at all. But the more I listened to it, the more I fell in love with it. The romance element was not what I expected, and I found that the story surprised me in more ways than one. 

This book has a strong theme of family throughout the book, the relationship between the Song sisters is genuinely lovely, and I couldn't help but feel envious of their closeness.  Lara Jean is a very naive, innocent kind of teenager, and this book is all about her pushing past her comfort zone and discovering who she is as an individual, not as a little sister of Margot, or a big sister to Kitty. Honestly, this book isn't really my usual cup of tea, but I gave it four stars because ultimately - it's everything it should be. Sweet, funny, and it gives you the warm fuzzies.

This book is suited to those who are fans of Stephanie Perkins, they are both fun, sweet contemporary books, perfect for summer reading. If I'd have had this book in my hands when I was a young teenager - it would have become one of my favourite books in an instant.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before is the first book in a two part duology, and the second book 'P.S I Still Love You', was released in May 2015 so this summer is the perfect time to read these two books back to back - and trust me, you'll want to start the second book immediately. I know I do!

Sarah Jane

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