To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han | Book Review

 Lara Jean has only ever fell hard for five guys in her life, all which were not eligible. So, in order to get over these deep crushes, Lara will write a letter to them, address it, and then stick it in a hat box in her closet for no one to ever read them. Until, one day, her letters mysteriously get delivered to each boy she ever found herself loving. All these crushes are quite old, so after the initial embarrassment she should be able to get over this situation quite quickly. Except, one of those boys she loved, and received a letter, was the boy next door and also known as her sister’s boyfriend, Josh. Peter, another boy who received a letter, is trying to get over his ex-girlfriend. Lara Jean is trying to avoid this embarrassing situation with Josh. So, the two find that faking dating each other might solve all their problems. Except it only causes more problems in the end.

Let my start out by saying I know I am completely behind on reading these books, and all of my friends tried to get me to read them during senior year of high school. I got through 6 chapters of the first book and never picked them up again. Until now. I will whole heartedly say that the movie version of this book (which comes out tomorrow!!) is what inspired me to pick these books back up. I have always been a fan of Jenny Han, ever since I read her series ‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’, which is one of the reasons I picked this book up two years ago. However, I despise love triangles and this book is full of them. I will admit that, now, this is the only book with a ton of love triangles that I not only can stand, but actually like.

I loved the characters in this book so much. Well, most of them. I hated Genevieve with every inch of my body. And Peter could be a jerk every once in a while. Peter may be the classic popular guy, but he definitely held his fair share of flaws, which I must admit might have bugged me from time to time. I loved how he acted around Lara but hated who he became around Genevieve. In the end, Peter may have ended up being my favorite character just because of how he treated Lara Jean’s little sister, Kitty. I never felt any of the characters were too perfect to be relatable, which was something I really loved.

This book didn’t just hold one love triangle, it held many. I mentioned before I hate love triangles and it has everything to do with the fact that I get anxiety because I don’t know who to cheer for. I want to cheer for the guy who actually ends up with the girl because I don’t want my little heart to get broken by the ending. Curse Jenny Han, I say in the nicest way possible. This book was a wild rollercoaster and I felt every single emotion every second I read this book. That is one of my favorite things, and least favorite thing, about Jenny Han. She knows exactly how to write in order to emotionally connect the reader to the characters and the story line. I don’t know how she does it. I can read books and be completely unattached, but then I pick up one of Jenny Han’s books and it’s like all of a sudden I have all of these emotions. I love it and hate it at the same time.

The only thing I disliked was there wasn’t really a happy ending. It was because there is a second book, of course, which would clear up all the unfinished business. But, that only made me pick the second book up immediately after finishing the first (I see what Jenny Han did there, great strategy). I literally read these two books in a day and a half because of how addicting they were. These books consumed me with every plot twist and bumpy moment that I physically could not put them down. I recommend reading these books during a weekend when no one can disturb you.

Overall, I highly recommend these books to anyone. I am a fantasy girl. I like adventure and chaos, but these novels had so much chaos that they kept me so intrigued and on my toes. You can like any genre and I feel you would fall in love with these books. Just be aware that there is no escaping emotions when reading this trilogy.