"To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Book Review
Updated: Jun 25, 2019
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: YA Romance
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is yet another binge read of mine. It’s easy, fun, and so engaging. I’d take a letter from Lara Jean any day. Why would you, Sarah, take a letter from Lara Jean, you ask? How does that have to do with anything? Well, for those who haven’t read the book, let me tell you.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a girl who writes secret love letters to the guys she loves. It’s her way of handling her emotions and getting over those crushes. She never intends to send those five letters, but then they get out, and she has to figure out how to deal with the consequences. She fake dates one of her old crushes so the other four don’t get the wrong idea, and the relationship develops in the best way.
The story itself is addictive. Some YA romances have that stereotypical plot: bad boy meets good girl. They resist then fall in love. Han’s novel is so unique! The fake dating, the contradicting and growing relationships, feels fresh. I’m always on the lookout for romance novels that don’t follow all the rules, and I’m glad I found this one!
The prose style is also very unique. A lot of teen novels, especially fantasy, don’t actually have the voice you would expect a teenager to have. This book nails it. Lara Jean sounds just like her age within the prose, and that makes the story feel more real. It makes the character feel more real. The little moments also add to that reality, heartfelt and hilarious.
The funny scenes are subtle. The book isn’t trying too hard to where it’s blatantly obvious the author is trying to get a laugh out of you. When it comes to quotes, I like the funny ones more than the heartfelt ones, because this book isn’t really a novel that’s supposed to make you cry or anything. At least, I didn’t cry. But I am also an emotionless robot at times, soooo.
Overall, this book is just a fun, light-hearted read if you’re looking for something less heavy than your usual selections. I’d definitely reread this novel (after I read the other books in the series). I also recommend you check out the movie on Netflix! I’m not sure how I feel about some of the changes they made in it. It’s not that the character choices and scenes bothered me, I just didn’t think those changes were needed. But let me know what you think! ‘Till next time, Nooksters!