With the Netflix movie coming out it was a perfect opportunity to reread the series. And was just as good as I remembered! I felt a little spoilt though as I’d forgotten that it ended on such a cliffhanger! I’d just gone straight onto book number two so hadn’t paid too much attention the first time around.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is just too cute. A quick easy read ultimately about putting yourself out there and opening yourself up to taking a risk. Which gives you warm fuzzies! However, with such genuine characters, it doesn’t come across too sickeningly sweet.
Lara Jean is just so likable. She’s such a realistic and relatable character you can’t help but root for her from the start. I loved that she was Korean American and how her heritage was portrayed. It was such a cool focus and a great part of her family dynamic. Lara Jean’s relationship with her dad and her sisters was really special. It was so cool to have a main character whose home life is great and who loves hanging out with her dad and sisters. They are such a loving family and a really important part of the book. Younger sister Kitty is an extremely strong character in her own right. We don’t see much of Margot as she’s studying but despite that, a lot of Lara Jean’s decisions are still based around Margot. Kitty added so much humor and heart to the story.
I did like that we actually get to read the letters throughout the book as well. And I really liked Josh’s reaction to his – like it was a lot to dump on him out of the blue and then tell him to move on. Especially without Lara Jean explaining or dealing with it at all. Jenny Han definitely jerks us back and forth between Peter and Josh. So even the reader is unsure which one you wanted her to be with. If either? I also loved that the mean girl does the typical mean girl things but Lara Jean doesn’t spend the book in fear of her. She stands up for herself! Nice to see the movie giving Guineveve a bit more heart as well.
I reread the book after I watched the Netflix movie – though wouldn’t matter what order you read/watched in! I really enjoyed the movie and actually really liked how they portrayed Peter (he was way less dooshy!). Yeah, its a familiar story with a couple of different quirks but told in such a way that just gives you all the feels and leaves a smile on your face. Can’t wait to watch it again. Highly recommend!
ABOUT TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE
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.
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