Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Hey! I’m back. It’s been a while. How’ve you all been?

So, it turns out moving across the country takes a lot of time away from book blogging. Never fear, though. I have returned and am trying to catch up on reviews, starting with a book from two weeks ago. (Please forgive the short review. I lost my notes.)

15749186To 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.

Full disclosure:

1) I watched the movie first and that’s the main reason I ended up reading the book.
2) It’s been about two weeks since I read the book and I took absolutely no notes. Therefore, this review will be pretty short and my recollections might be a little vague.

This was a really cute, fun, fast read. Like a steaming cup of hot chocolate. TBH, I did slightly prefer the movie (WHAAAAT? blasphemy) for a few reasons:

I’ll say it. I liked movie Peter better than book Peter. He was just so sweet and adorable and amazing and I know Jenny Han was going for something slightly different in the book, but I DON’T CARE I’M IN LOVE WITH NOAH CENTINEO.

I also preferred the ending. I know there are sequels, but the book ending just wasn’t as satisfying for my tastes. I won’t say much more, because I don’t want to spoil it, but… Yeah.

One thing I did really appreciate about the book was the heightened emphasis on the relationship between Lara Jean and her sisters, especially Margot. You really understood how much she relied on Margot and how difficult it was for Lara Jean to live without her in a way I feel the movie didn’t quite capture.

All in all, though, it’s a really fun, sweet contemporary that’s light and fluffy and perfect for long plane rides.

Verdict: borrow it

Have you read TATBILB? Have you seen the movie? Are you, too, in love with Peter Kavinsky? Can we start a support group?

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

  1. Ahhhhh, yes! I really enjoy this series and the movie too! I see what you mean about the movie being better for sure… I mean, I’m loyal to the book (mostly just because I read it first though really), but I think the story just… WORKS really well as a movie. And yes. Peter is awesome! I think I prefer book Peter to movie Peter, but I love them both! Also Kitty. Can we talk about Kitty? I adore Kitty!

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    • Ahhhhhhh, Kitty is so cute! She really reminded me of my little brother. And I kind of prefer movie Peter? He’s so sweet! And, also, Noah Centineo’s face.

      On Tue, Sep 11, 2018 at 10:23 PM Death By A Thousand Paper Cuts wrote:

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