“You’d rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Series 1
Genre(s): Fiction; Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reviewed by: mkgdes
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. (Source: Goodreads.com)
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while now but I keep brushing it aside knowing that it could muster my haywire of emotions. With the title itself, it invokes your long-forgotten past to resurface—we were so afraid to face, be it because of embarrassment or some long pent-up pain you’ve tucked up; and there’s that memories you would so relive every time because it gives you the satisfaction to look back at the happiest and cloud nine moments.
Every girl has been a Laura Jean. Even me. I’ve written couples of letters. No, a journal addressed to a single guy. I’m allowed to, after all, we all have that kind of awkward teenage years of puppy love, crushes, and admirations. We all have that tinsy bit of secrets kept to ourselves of loving someone secretly, wishing that that boy-next-door would notice our existence, those side-eye glances we throw on school corridors, and that fluttering butterflies in our tummies. This book will revisit all your love mementos before you met your true love. I don’t know about you, but it did for me while being immensed on every page of it.
I love the Song sisters. I like that Jenny Han captivated the roles of having three siblings. The elder, the middle, and the youngest. All have their own family responsibilities and their own personalities. I want a sister like Kitty. She is an absolute apple of the eye—a bit brat but her heart is gold. And likewise, when you are in a family of girl siblings, you’ve longed for a brother. And that’s what I thought of Josh.
Josh clearly is for Margot’s. And Laura Jean is to Peter’s. Josh may have been Laura Jean’s first love but sometimes our true love comes unexpectedly. Peter is our not so goody guy, a totally opposite of Josh. And then begins their tale of love.
A bit of a cliffhanger, but it would make you crave for the sequel.