Released: April 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA Contemporary
Length: 355 Pages
My Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
When Lara Jean needs to get over a crush she writes the boy a letter. In these letters she is honest and open, expressing all her heartfelt feelings and revealing everything she likes about that boy. But she never sends them. She writes them, addresses them, and puts them in a box to keep for her eyes only. Until those letters get sent.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before became a hit for YA readers back when it first came out in 2014, and the release of the Netflix adaptation has only propelled that success. I read this first when I was 15 and have read it a few times since, but never fully shared my thoughts. And with the release of the movie sequel coming in just a few days I think it’s time I do that.
This book is all about the first time love. It’s takes you into the world of teen romance that will either feel relatable to you or take you back to that crush you had in high school and get embarressed every time you think about it. It’s entertaining and funny as heck.
This time around I actually found myself not liking Lara Jean as much. What I found adorable and cute on my first read just felt annoying this time around. It could be my age now but I found her to be a bit too childish and needy and there wasn’t really any growth.
But she is certainly a hopeless romantic and relatable in a lot of ways. She’s introverted, she loves to bake, she’s awkward and caring and a character who, despite my slight annoyances, I really got behind.
This book is filled with charming characters you wish you had in your life. Peter Kavinsky is the poster boy of cuteness and still gives my inner 15 year old heartflutters. Another stand-out character is Lara’s little sister Kitty, who is both the best and the worst.
You would be perfectly right in judging this book by it’s cover, because it’s one of those books whose book cover really reflects what’s inside. When I need something light, something that will make me feel happy, this is my go to. I love these characters and I’m grateful to have it on my shelf.
Would I Read Again? Yes! I have many times.
Would I Recommend? Yes!