Mon, April 21, 2014

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

To All the Boys I've Loved Before book cover

To All the Boys I've Loved Before book cover

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
By Jenny Han
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
Source: Publisher

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.

— Goodreads.com description

I think the best way to share my pure LOVE of this book is to share with you the texts I sent to my friend Ginger after we’d both read it:

On the book as a whole…
“This really is gonna be an all-time favorite, I think. Like THAT level. That is huge. I am putting it up there with JD so we are for real. I want every book to be like that!!!!”

“AHHHHHGG it is so good. Like it reminds me of the reasons I love Jessica Darling, right? Like those are the tone of books I just die for.”

On the cover…
“Her outfits seemed so cute and that cover is perf.”

On the romance…
On one boy: “Oh em gee. He was so funny and sweet and grew on me.”
On another: “Ick on him. He is a loser.”

On the friendship…
“I love how the BFF is just like how she is. She’s different from Lara Jean and there’s no judgment there. I think a lot of teens will benefit from reading about that type of relationship.”

On the ending…
“The ending was too abrupt!”

Thankfully, Ginger told me there is a second book coming — PHEW. All I wanted was to spend more time with these characters.

Okay, so this is a really silly way to share a review, but I wanted you to get the sense of how I felt after finishing this book this book: I was on a book high. I had to discuss it instantly, to tear apart every bit of it, and to get MORE MORE MORE out of it. Truly, my only thought was: “Why can’t every book be like this?!”

A perfect reading experience for me in terms of topic, tone, characterization, humor, dialogue — everything!

So, if you share my taste, you know what to do. READ IT!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

PS: Thank you to G for being there for me when I need to talk books like this! Her parts of the convo have obviously been redacted, but for her stellar (and much more coherent!) review of the book, click here.

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: family, friendship, jenny han, romance
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  1. Ginger @ GReads! said:

    HA! You could have totally put my side of the text, too. You left off the end of the convo where your hubs told you to stop texting me! HEHE Seriously though, this book is amazing. I am BEYOND pumped to see Miss Han this weekend (Teen Book Con! What up!). I will gladly let her know in person how amazing she continues to be.

    PS, thanks for the link to my review! XOXO

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    Anna Reply:

    HAHAH I should have mentioned that! You guys, I was texting Ginger about this book soooo much before bedtime my husband was like “STOP TEXTING GINGER SO I CAN GO TO SLEEP!” Oops! 🙂

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  2. elena said:

    omg yes please let’s discuss this. I AM OBSESSED! fav Jenny Han and a fav YA book in general! I totally agree that her outfits seemed so cute. I wish we could see them all!

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    Anna Reply:

    YES, I’d say it’s def my fave Jenny Han too, which is saying a LOT. Also, the outfits!!!!! SO GOOD.

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  3. Pam@YAEscapefromReality said:

    I absolutely adored this book, it was so cute. Loved how the relationship grew slowly and evolved. That ending, though, I was like…what???? And then I saw that there was a sequel and I was so relieved because otherwise I was going to rant a bit. Glad you loved it, this and The Geography of You and Me got me out of my contemporary YA reading slump. Yay!

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    Anna Reply:

    1) YES to the relationship. It was so natural and normal and grew on you in such a delightful way. 2) The ending! I NEED MORE THAN THAT! Cannot wait to see what the sequel brings.

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  4. Emily said:

    I’ve not read it yet but EVERYONE seems to love it! It’s on my TBR list, I can’t wait to read it. Great review 🙂

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    Anna Reply:

    Thank you! It’s just lovely — I hope you get a chance to check it out!

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  5. Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said:

    Love! Love! Love! There is no doubt in my mind that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before provided one of the best and most enjoyable experiences I’ll have in 2014 and, like you, it’s definitely a new favourite right up there with the Jessica Darling series 🙂 I read it in a single sitting and couldn’t stop talking about it once I had, so much so that my mom borrowed my copy last night and already finished it this morning. I’m currently working on my own review which I was hoping to post tomorrow, but I loved it so much I’m finding it difficult to put those feelings into words. Can I just write ‘I loved it!’ in big, capital letters with a giant heart? I think that sums it up nicely 😉

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    Anna Reply:

    That would be the best, most accurate review of this book ever

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  6. Kelsie said:

    Are you reading the Burn for Burn series? The end of book 2 just blew me away! As for this book, I’m debating on whether I want to read it now, or wait until after my wedding (next month) when I have a clearer head! I feel like a book like this needs all my attention. I am super pumped!

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  7. Sue said:

    This sounds so good. Can’t wait to read it 🙂

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  8. Kelly said:

    I love this kind of review–it’s refreshing. This book is on my TBR, and now I really can’t wait to read it. Also, since you mentioned Jessica Darling, I tried to read that series once, and couldn’t make it through the first book. With how much you talk about it, I’m thinking about giving it another shot. 🙂

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  9. Annie said:

    I’m reading this right now and enjoying it SO MUCH. I haven’t finished it yet but I can already tell that I’ll love this book! I wasn’t a big fan of The Summer I Turned Pretty so I was a bit skeptical that I would like this book. Lara Jean is such a darling though and just seems like a great person to be best friends with! I’m so happy there’s a sequel because it’s one of those books that I could be so content with just continuing forever.

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  10. Missie said:

    I am wishy washy on this one – I am interested in reading it, hopefully it meets expectations!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  11. We Heart YA said:

    Ooohhh wow! (Actually, lol, “review via texts” isn’t a bad idea…) We’ve got this on hold from the library, and now we’re especially eager for it to come in! Thanks. 🙂

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  12. Anitha said:

    I’m looking forward to reading this one. I read “Shug” and really enjoyed it. I also read “The Summer I Turned Pretty” Series. I drawn in as much with those books. Hoping this one will carry a voice as true as Shug’s MC.

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    Anitha Reply:

    oops- hit submit too soon. I meant to say- I wasn’t as drawn in with the YA teen series she wrote as I was with her MG novel.

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  13. Tara said:

    Have totally fail whaled on reading this… *blogger fail*

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    Anna Reply:

    Noooo read it! SO GOOD!

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