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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

In YA Book Reviews on January 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm

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 by Jenny Han

YA Contemporary Romance/©2014/368 pages/Part of a Duology/Recommended for 7th Grade+

Publisher’s Synopsis (Courtesy of Good Reads):

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.

Note: There are more in this series: P.S. I Still Love You (2) and Always and Forever, Lara Jean (#3)

My Comments:

This book caught my attention with its clever title and  creative premise. The story is well written and well paced with some great details that capture being a teenager. It is labeled as contemporary romance, but it strikes me more as a coming of age story. There is some real depth beneath the fluff, with strong messages about friendship, trust, family and sisterhood. Lara Jean (the quintessential middle child) narrates the story, and I think she is a character I won’t soon forget.  Peter labeled her as quirky, an apt descriptor in the best possible way. I liked everything about her. Though at times she struck me as very immature, you can clearly see her growth as the story progresses. Overall, this book is a light, entertaining read, and I can’t wait to read the second book.

 

 

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