Author: Jenny Han
Provided Synopsis: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Review: When Lara Jean needs to get over her love for a boy, she writes him a letter. Within she lists the things that made her fall for him, reminisces on her favorite memory of him, tells what she does not like about him, and then wishes him good-bye so she might move on with her life. All of these letters are placed in envelopes, addressed, and stuck in a hatbox; they are never to be sent.
Until they are.
When her first kiss, Peter, receives his letter, things are humiliating enough. But when her sister’s ex-boyfriend (Lara Jean liked him first!) receives his, she is determined to save face and therefore thinks fast. An arrangement is set-up between Peter and Lara Jean: they will pretend to date so he might make his ex jealous and so she might make it clear to Josh that she has moved on. And of course as Peter and Lara Jean spend time together it is so obviously clear that they are meant to be.
There was something about this book that was so endearing. When it came to Peter and Lara Jean, things just worked for me and I was constantly amused and connected to their interactions with one another. The dynamics in terms of the setting in high school and the relationships within families rang authentic as well. Kitty, who is Lara Jean’s younger sister, has a special place in my heart.
Contemporary YA Fiction is a genre that I usually struggle with, but if all of them were like this story then I could see myself becoming a fan very quick.