I really couldn’t get into this book to begin with, hence how long it took me to actually get through it. I’d say I was about 2/3 of the way through when I finally got excited and wanted to find out what happened to Lara Jean, Josh and Peter.
I felt like the voice of Lara Jean was much younger than 16, as though you could tell it was an adult trying to imitate a teenager, judging by the way it was written. I also found it really hard to connect to her character and invest myself in her struggles. That being said, if you stripped Lara Jean away from the drama, the book was a lot of fun.
The relationship between Lara Jean and each of her sisters, Margot and Kitty, was quite strange for me to read. I grew up with one brother who was a similar age to me, and though we were very close, we never acted the way the sisters do in this book. Maybe it was the ages or the fact it was all girls, but either way, it was quite interesting to see heir dynamic.
The ‘mystery’ of how all of the love letters got out was quite predictable, but it didn’t feel overly important to me. I was actually more interested in the interactions with each boy once they had seen the letters. The male characters were enjoyable, but I think they, along with the girls, could’ve been improved if we got to read more about their thoughts and feelings behind what they were saying.
It wasn’t one of my favourite books ever, but I think it would be a great book to read if you want something light to get you out of a reading slump. The ending was really sweet and I’m excited to read the next book and see what I think!
Author: Jenny Han
Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Audience: Young Adults/Teens
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Published: August 2014
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆