2 May 2014

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

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han
April 15th, 2014 · Simon and Schuster
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Page Count: 368
Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them... all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
You might have heard I’m a fan of the Summer series. If so, you’ve heard right. For years I’ve been waiting for a new contemporary by Jenny Han and I remember squealing in delight when I first found out about this book. It was ABSOLUTELY worth the wait and has further cemented the fact why I'm such a fan of the author.

I loved the Song sisters, especially Kitty, the youngest sister; you can’t help but love her. Lara Jean was such a great character, and right from the start I related and saw bits of myself in her. She possessed so many thoughts and feelings I have as a teenager and female, and the author expressed them all so well. Not only has the author managed to write a new, great YA character but a rich, diverse one (Lara Jean is half-Korean), which has certainly come at the right time with the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign going on.

This book has everything I love about Jenny Han; it’s full of heart; humour that makes you laugh out loud; an amazing bunch of characters; swoon; and standout writing. To All the Boys I've Loved Before is such a sweet, lovely and honest read; perfect for snuggling up with a hot chocolate on a rainy day or lounging outside in the sun, ice cream in tow, depending on your whereabouts. Basically, it’s an anytime, anywhere read; just make sure you don’t read this on an empty stomach!

As soon as I finished, I pulled myself together, so sad I had finished, and checked the release date for P.S. I Still Love You (these titles win my heart) and then proceeded to die on the inside when I read 2015. So until then, I'll be recommending you read To All the Boys I've Loved Before because it is fabulous and you deserve fabulous books in your life.



  1. I am a huge fan of Jenny Han's SUMMER series as well. Oh, how those books hurt my heart! I just bought ALL THE BOYS and I can't wait to dive in. So glad to hear that you're a fan!

  2. The Summer series was a fave of mine too, and I have been waiting on this ever since I saw the pretty cover! I'm so glad it lived up to your expectations and I love that Jenny perfectly captured a teen's voice

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist