“When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit.” – To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han
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.
Connecting to the main character has always been something that was important to me. Lara Jean is a somewhat perky, happy girl. It is seen that she enjoys girly things and always puts her family first. She is caring and loving and deeply care about her relationship with her siblings, her father, and her friends. When her secret crush was revealed, she put the people she loved first in-front of herself. I saw how much she valued her relationship with her sisters and how she wants to take care of her family after her mom was gone.
Peter was first described as an ass who only cared about physicality and his ex-girlfriend. I learned myself, that he is far more deeper than what people see on the outside. He may keep those extra parts of him tight within himself, but once he lets go, he is actually a pretty cool guy.
Josh on the other hand confused me a bit. His relationship with Lara Jean ran deep. There was a time where I was leaning towards him. It seemed that Josh was a little confused about his feelings throughout the story and which side of the triangle he really wants to choose.
The story was a light cover on love and pain. It wasn’t hardcore heartbreak, nor was it heavy on drama. When Lara Jean found out that her letters had been sent out, she had a panic attack and did what any normal teenage girl would do. Pretend it did’t happen and do anything in her power to fix it before it gets out of hand. I wasn’t exactly that keen on events and the attitude surrounding the decisions that were made. Decisions were thrown around like nothing and that kinda bothered me. I figured out that even Lara Jean was not sure about her feeling either (another confused soul in the mix). I will admit there were times when I thought the book was a little corny, because of the plot and the connections.
I thought the ending was sweet and thought out. It brought out the whole concept out perfectly. I thought that it was lovely that the author took the beginning theme and reused it to create a beautiful ending.
The next book P.S. I Still Love You will be published on May 26, 2015!
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