To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is the first in this bestselling, contemporary series. You may know it from it’s wide-spread release on Netflix!
“What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.“
This book is all about family. With all of the YA books I’ve read, I don’t think I’ve come across a book like this one with just how strong the value of family drives the characters.
Lara Jean is the innocent high school girl who just wants to be with her family as her sister is traveling across the ocean for school. But then she throws herself in a whirlwind of dramatic circumstances as her secret, raw love letters are mysteriously released into the world. And that is when LJ’s character develops into a stronger version of herself.
This book was funny and heartwarming as she digs herself into this giant pit of secrets for one of the boys. And then she drags another character into the mix that you can’t tell what their own intentions are until the very end (even though they explain them pretty quickly).
One of my favorite aspects of LJ’s character was the fact that she has that innocent, vintage vibe, yet when she finds herself in these dramatic situations, she presents herself firm and put-together in the moment even though inside she’s a frantic mess. It was fun to read her thoughts throughout the book.
The ending wasn’t too surprising until I got to the very last page, but it ended with you wanting so much more. There is a giant CLIFFHANGER that immediately makes you want to run out and get Book 2 because you have to figure out what how she finishes her page!
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. With the love letters, there are so much raw emotions that bring you into her world. She has her quirks while also bringing a broader picture down to how her feelings affect others’ perspective onto her. I really enjoyed this book, and for a contemporary novel, I highly recommend this book to readers who want to read something light-hearted yet enticing.
The movie was even cuter than I thought it would be!
And with all the Twitter coverage this movie has gotten since it’s release, I thought everyone was over-hyping how great it was. But I was wrong, this movie is definitely one that I will be watching again, and again VERY soon!
From the characters to the dialogue, the movie is everything innocent and dramatic like the book. Lana Condor (Lara Jean) is perfect in bringing LJ to life, Noah Centineo (Peter K) went above and beyond with his character, and Anna Cathcart (Kitty) is the funny, yet snarky, little sister you may be annoyed with but will love dearly. I absolutely loved the casting for this movie.
But with all movies, there were noticeable differences between the movie and the book. From what I caught, all of the main plot points were represented in the film. The major differences were seen in the end scenes, dialogue, and re-arrangements of other scenes.
Overall, I was surprised in how much I loved the movie. Be warned that you will laugh and fall in love along with Lara Jean and her family. I gave the movie a 5 out of 5 stars.
This movie shattered my view of Rom-Coms and gave a whole new expectation for future ones! I REALLY hope there’s a sequel soon!
Published: 20 March 2015
Publisher: Penerbit Spring
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
How I Read It: Paperback
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