To be completely honest, I wanted to buy this book for months simply because the cover is so gorgeous. Question: Have you ever seen a more beautiful cover? Answer: No you have not.
I always judge YA books by the first page. In the first page, you can generally gauge the style of writing and see if you will end up liking the book as a whole. And generally, the first page is where you meet the main character and get a glimpse into his/her thought process. And lemme tell you, the first page of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is frame-worthy. Han has a way of writing that makes you want to swim in an ocean of her words, and she’s definitely somebody I look up to in that sense.
The whole story is supposedly about how the love letters that Lara Jean wrote to all of the boys she’s ever loved get sent out. But in actuality, that’s not what the book is about. Yes, that’s how the book starts, but the story is more of how Lara Jean deals with it. When those letters get sent out, her world briefly spirals out of control. Those boys didn’t know that those letters existed or that Lara Jean ever had feelings for them. And one of those letters is to her next door neighbor Josh who also happens to be her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and who Lara Jean is not-so-secretly-anymore still in love with… When Josh gets his letter, Lara Jean must take measures into her own hands in attempts to mend things. Which, for Lara Jean, means that she starts dating Peter Kavinsky. Well, kinda.
That all being said, I had a bit of trouble with this book because I felt like there was no palpable conflict or climax, and it was probably the most predictable book I’ve ever read. So if you’re looking for a quick (you could finish it in a day) & easy read, I would definitely pick this up. But if you’re looking for a in-depth book that makes you think, I would look elsewhere.
Have you read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? What did you think of it? Let me know!