I was so excited when I received a copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han from my TBTB Secret Santa Michelle! I found myself so interested in this story that I read it in only two days. Our main character, Lara Jean, one of the three Song sisters, writes letters to all of the boys she’s loved in the past when she wants to stop loving them. Not that she’s had actual romantic relationships with any of them. She places them in a hatbox in her room and she’s basically living a nightmare when someone the hatbox goes missing and several of the boys start confronting her about the letter they received.
To make matters even more complicated, one of the boys who received a letter is the long time boyfriend of Lara Jean’s sister Margot who breaks up with him right before leaving for college in Scotland. I have no idea what I would’ve done in Lara Jean’s situation but I loved the way she handled it! I really related to Lara Jean as a character because she’s very family oriented and she enjoys staying home to bake cookies and reorganize her closet. We’re also both terrified of driving and would do almost anything to not have to do it. I loved the way that Jenny Han focused on the relationship between the Song sisters. My favorite character is the youngest sister, Kitty, who is more confident and feisty than many older characters I’ve ever read about.
Another interesting aspect of the book is that the Song sisters are half Korean so I enjoyed learning a bit about their culture. I always love learning about experiences that are different than mine and I thought the way Jenny Han included those cultural aspects worked really well. Being Korean didn’t define the characters, it was just a part of who they were. One of my favorite parts is when Lara Jean dresses up as Cho Chang from Harry Potter for Halloween because she’s tired of people asking what she’s supposed to be and assuming she’s an anime character.
Also, the love story was SO GOOD. As soon as I finished reading, I texted my friend Carolyn who works at Simon & Schuster and basically begged her to send me a copy of the next book when it’s going out because there is just no way that I can wait until June 2nd to find out how the story ends. I could absolutely see this being made into a YA rom com. Another part of what drew me to the book initially is the BEAUTIFUL cover. I mean seriously, look at it!