“To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before” by Jenny Han (2014)
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Page Length: 288 pages (hardcover edition)
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. (description from Goodreads)
I heard about Jenny Han’s novels recently, so I decided to give this book a try. I was immediately drawn to the book from its eye-catching cover art and unique title. The title sounds like a farewell letter and it’s written in this elegant cursive.
“To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved” is a cute, light coming of age story with romance. Laura is a quirky teenage girl who has high romanticized notions about love and relationships, but learns that love can be tricky. She takes her time to write these long heartfelt, old school, love letters in order to sort out her feelings. I think this factor is what makes the book so interesting seeing as in this technology filled world, I don’t hear too often about people sending good ‘ol love letters. I also loved the close relationship between the “Song” sisters and how they always hung out with each other and cared for each other.
Looking forward to reading more of Jenny Han’s stories. Recommended if you’re looking for a nice and cute coming of age romance book. 4 out of 5 stars!