To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: TATBILB #1
by Jenny Han
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
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.
“How was I supposed to know what’s real and what’s not? It feels like I’m the only one who doesn’t know the difference.”
Well, that was underwhelming.
I tried to read this a few years ago and couldn’t get into. Well after watching the movie and loving it, I decided to give it another try. I have to be honest, I actually prefer the movie to the book.
Like when I tried reading before, the first thing that made me want to stop reading was the writing. It was way too choppy and came off very young.
I don’t know how many people I’m going to upset but I 100% preferred the romance (and Kavinsky in general) in the movie. I really did! I thought that book Peter was nothing special. Hell, it seemed like there was more of a spark between her and John McClaren than with Peter.
The reason I bumped the rating to 3 instead of 2 was that I related to Lara Jean. I thought and felt so much like her at 16.
“It’s scary when its real. When it’s not just thinking about a person, but, like, having a real live person in front of you, with, like, expectations. And wants.”
Dating is a bit scary now. But in high school? High school me was a lot like Laura Jean. I was shy and really didn’t want to put myself out there. She was completely relatable and I wanted to squeeze her.
All in all, while I didn’t love it as much as I did the movie, I can see the appeal behind it. I”m still trying to see if I want to continue with the series and read P.S. I Still Love You yet. If you have, let me know if I should!