I’m suffering a serious case of “Book Swoon”. What is “Book Swoon”, you may ask? It’s when a book is so cute, so adorable, and so flipping fantastic that you get weak in the knees, find your heart racing a mile a minute, and can’t find the strength to go on with your life for at least a week. Yup. That’s how much I adored Jenny Han’s latest book, To All The Boys I Loved Before.
The story focuses on Lara Jean, a romantic who has never openly admitted her feelings to her crushes, choosing instead to write them love letters that are hidden away in her bedroom and never mailed. There is the boy from summer camp, the extremely fashionable guy at school, her former friend Peter, and even her neighbour Josh, who just so happens to be her older sister’s ex-boyfriend. Despite her non-existent love life, Lara Jean is happy spending time with her family at home, preferring books and knitting to wild nights out drinking.
Things get complicated, however, when Lara Jean discovers that her love letters have been mailed out to the boys that she used to like. In order to avoid an awkward confrontation with Josh (whom Lara Jean still has feelings for), she pretends to be in love with Peter. The result is romantic chaos, and I loved every minute of it!
I can’t remember exactly who said this…but I read a review where a blogger said that no one writes a love triangle quite like Jenny Han, and I 100% agree! In most romances where there is a love triangle involved you have a pretty good idea of who the main character is going to end up with. Jenny Han, however, always seems to surprise you! In her Summer I Turned Pretty series I was constantly flipping back and forth between Conrad and Jeremiah! To All The Boys I Loved Before is no different. In the first book alone I was torn between Lara Jean ending up with Peter or Josh, and with two books to go in the series, I’m sure I’ll be completely surprised by what will happen in the end.
Besides writing intense love triangles, Jenny Han is also great at creating fantastic characters. From the first chapter I fell in love with the Song girls, and loved getting to watch how these three sisters interacted and depended on one another. Other reviewers have said that they found Lara Jean too whiny and childish, and that she lacked any character growth throughout the story, but I strongly disagree. I think Lara Jean grew up ALOT over the course of the book, and she’ll only continue to do so as the series goes on.
I devoured To All The Boys I Loved Before in two days. If I’d had the time, I’m positive that I would have read it even quicker! The only downside to loving a book so much that you can’t put it down? The book withdrawal hits you even harder. Waiting a year for the sequel to come out is going to kill me. Until then I might have to satisfy myself with re-reading Han’s other books this summer!
Rating: 5 Stars