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Tea & Book Chat: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)

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.

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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!

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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. (via Goodreads)
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4 Responses to “Tea & Book Chat: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)”

  1. Desiree says:

    Thanks for the review. I’m always looking to add books to my To read list.

  2. I’m so glad you loved it as much as I did!!! It was one of my favs from last yr and I don’t know how I’m going to wait until June to read the next one either! I loved the sister relationships and how feisty Kitty was also… that was my favorite part. And all those adorable family traditions. So cute!!

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