Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
on April 15th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 355

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

This book had been on my TBR for so long, I’m so happy that I finally got on this bandwagon!

I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken.

Things I loved about this books

The Songs sisters (and their dad): I really liked the family dynamic. Having two sisters, I totally feel the sibling relationship! Kitty is so sassy and amazing. And I loved all the food talk and the Asian family love.

The hijinks: I loved the unexpected relationship between Lara Jean and Peter when the love letters get sent out. I’m a sucker for the fake relationship trope.

Lara Jean: was really relatable. I feel for ya, girl.

“It’s scary when it’s real. When it’s not just thinking about a person, but, like having a real live person in front of you, with, like, expectations. And wants.”

Lara Jean and Peter: made to be a pretty adorable (fake) couple. I loved their banter.

Things that annoyed me a bit

Also Lara Jean: sometimes made me want to rip my hair out, but to be fair, she’s a teenage girl and sometimes we just make dumb decisions.

The love triangle(s): it wasn’t tooo bad, but still, so much angst. Also, so much teenage drama.

Genevieve (and Peter): Ugh, what an annoying person, Gen. And Peter – slowly winning me over but sometimes I did want to smack him.

Overall, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before totally hit my need for a fluffy and cute YA contemporary read. It was sweet and fun and with a slightly open ending, I’m glad there’s a couple more books to help flesh out the characters more!

“My favourite food is cake”
“What kind of cake?”
“It doesn’t matter. All cake.”

About Jenny Han

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of Shug, The Summer I Turned Pretty series, co-author of the Burn for Burn series, and most recently, the To All the Boys I've Loved Before trilogy. She is a former children's bookseller and children's librarian. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Author: Cyn

noun. a bum OT, procrastinator. reader. eater. sleeper. music listen-er. movie go-er. Loves food too much.

8 Replies to “Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han”

  1. Ah, the minds of teenage girls, yep they can make you want to rip your hair out. Great review Cyn!

  2. I love the idea of the Asian family and the sisters with their dad and wow, what a mess to have her letters all mailed. The love triangle isn’t my thing, but the rest sounds good.

    Enjoyed your review, Cyn!

  3. I liked this one. I agree with liking and sometimes not liking Lara Jean. I loved the sisters and their dad too!

  4. I have two of these I think out of the three (or however many there are). I really do need to read them. There is nothing wrong with a light and fluffy read once in a while.

  5. I haven’t read this author yet. I am pretty sure that my daughter has this book sitting on our bookshelves should I ever find the time to pick it up. It does sound like a cute read and I can definitely relate to the quote about cake being a favorite food 🙂

  6. The cover is attractive and I am always drawn to fellow, Asian sistas representin’ out there in the professions. I’ll request this book for my teenager who is a big fan of realistic fiction.

  7. This is precisely why I don’t really like YA contemporary. Because I’m a bit older, I tend to roll my eyes over teenage things.. in fairness, I probably was like that years ago but whatever… 😜

    I still have this on my TBR pile… this series has been hyped up for my taste… I might read it soon.

  8. Oh yeah, you’ll definitely want to smack Peter a couple more times if you want to continue on with the series. There is a love triangle in the second book as well, but in my opinion, it is done a lot better! Also, family is super important in the sequels, so you have that to look forward to! I hope you enjoy the sequels even more. 😀

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