Monday, March 16, 2015

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (#1)

Forever Favorite


You know those books that come to you at JUST the right time?  You open them, expecting one thing....and what you get is unexpected and life-changing.  Life saving.  GAME CHANGING.

Well,  To All the Boys is that book for me.

I LOVED EVERY SINGLE THING ABOUT IT.  (I'm sorry-not-sorry, there will be a lot of caps.  Just get ready.

One:  The writing.  HAN KNOWS HOW TO WORK HER WORDS, OKAY.  I fell in love with the first chapter and how fast I was reading and omg must finish this book noooowwww.

Two:  The characters.  THEY ARE REAL.  They are everything I wanted them to be.  They were more than what I wanted.  They showed me a unique side of YA contemporary that I've been wanting to see a lot more of.  Laura Jean is innocent and sweet - and that doesn't make her any less interesting.  She loves her family and being crafty and is a hopeless romantic.  She's not rebellious.  And yet, there was still plenty of story to go around.  Plenty of conflict.  Plenty of relatable material.

Three:  The stooorrryyyy.  My goodness you guys - it reels you in and doesn't let you go.  I was groaning and laughing and experience major secondhand embarrassment, and just head-over-heels in love with everything about the way this was set up.  Especially the romance.  My goodness, it was so natural and sweet and totally made my heart pound, without being insanely over the top and/or romanticized.  I loved that 1/4th of the way through the book, I was rooting for the unexpected male lead.  I had no idea how big of a deal Peter would be, and all of a sudden I wanted him on EVERY DAMN PAGE.  Thank you, Han, for granting all my wishes.  Or, most of them.  I'M STILL REELING OVER THAT ENDING. BOOK 2 WHERE ARE YOU?!

I have a million things I could say.  A million things I want to say.  But what's too much to say?  I don't want to spoil anything.  I want you to pick up this book and read it ASAP, so I won't talk about it anymore - JUST GO READ IT.  Everything about it is wonderful and perfect.

I thought surely it couldn't be on that many peoples' favorite 2014 book lists for no reason.

There is definitely a reason.


Buy it.


The end.

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 is very clean.  Brief strong language in a heightened situation, and reference to teenagers doing dumb things.  But Laura Jean is a sweetheart.  Her POV was refreshing.

1 comment:

  1. I was not at all sure that this one was going to work for me for various reasons. But I started reading it anyway, and from the beginning I couldn't put it down. The story itself is fantastic, and I adored it, but what made this book so good to me was absolutely the characters. And you are absolutely right that this is one author that knows how to WRITE!