Book: To all the boys I’ve loved before
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance;
Goodreads rating: 4.11
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
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.
So… another Jenny Han book. What a surprise.
Well, if you know me, watch my channel or read my blog you know that I talk about Jenny Han a lot. Maybe too much. But the thing is, I like her. She’s my favorite contemporary author and although I gave different ratings to all of her books I still found them all special and extremely fun to read.
‘To all the boys I’ve loved before’ was not an exception. This was a simple book with a very simple plot. It doesn’t seem that special does it? Well, the thing is that Jenny Han writes the most mundane and cute stories making them relatable to every single person in the world (or at least me). I always feel so involved while reading her stories and after I finish one of her books the story doesn’t leave my mind for a long time.
I must admit that this was not the best book I read of her and I do have a few issues with it regarding the main character’s sister being annoying and a control freak and the fact that teenage sex was such a huge shocker in this society. I felt that the main character could be a little more open on that subject instead of feeling so ashamed of it. I completely accept the ‘slut shaming’ coming from the other characters (because it shows what happens in reality even if it’s a bad thing) but I would have liked to see some growth from her because there’s nothing wrong with sex and it’s a natural part of life that should be explored.
I think those were the factors that really made me low the reating from 5 stars to an average of 3.5. I try to ignore them when I think about this book because I see a lot of potential and I was still left very excited to read the next book.
Is it worth it? I would say yes! It’s fun and it’s a really fast-paced, relaxing book.