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Friday, June 10, 2016

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #1
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
A Young Adult novel
Pages: 355
Genre: Contemporary, Romance

Lara Jean 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 can pour out her heart and soul and say 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.

One of the cutest books that I have read in quite sometime. Contemporary is normally a genre that I sparsely read from, usually saving it when I crash and burn from other genres like fantasy. It's a vacation for me. A cute, quirky vacation.

The one thing that I really enjoyed about To All the Boys I've Loved Before was the diverse living situation of Lara Jean. Middle sister of three quirky girls. A single dad. Korean-American. And a cute premise of her secret love letters getting mailed out to all the boys shy, vintage Lara Jean had crushes on throughout the years. The premise is golden, original and fantastic.

I find that To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a perfect summer novel. A blossoming tale about first relationships, the little nip of love, an enjoyable family dynamic, a small mystery, high school drama, and the fight for making things right with the people you care about. Summer brings out the urge and dream of falling in love, and reading one unfurl through all the embarrassing and compassionate and messy conversations and events that high school can bring out is worth every penny.

Four targets for hat boxes and cute first relationships