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

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? Sixteen-year-old 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...

Title:To All the Boys I've Loved Before
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Edition Language:Indonesian
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:320 pages

To All the Boys I've Loved Before Reviews

  • Avery TheLibrariansDaughter
    Aug 24, 2013
  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    Sep 14, 2016

    And I am actually

    because it's over and I NEED THE SEQUEL AND I DON'T HAVE THE SEQUEL. I'M SERIOUSLY UPSET. I'm supposed to be a Vulcan who doesn't even love contemporary that much...WHO AM I. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. I freaking loved this book and I'm just over here sobbing.

    [composes self]

    Okay

    let's talk about it SENSIBLY. (Omg where is my Vulcan soul, come back here you runaway.)

    And obviously

    And I am actually

    because it's over and I NEED THE SEQUEL AND I DON'T HAVE THE SEQUEL. I'M SERIOUSLY UPSET. I'm supposed to be a Vulcan who doesn't even love contemporary that much...WHO AM I. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. I freaking loved this book and I'm just over here sobbing.

    [composes self]

    Okay

    let's talk about it SENSIBLY. (Omg where is my Vulcan soul, come back here you runaway.)

    And obviously

    With Lara Jean being half Korean ergo biracial.

    Like I seriously love sister books because I have one or four of them myself. So it's enormously relatable. Plus Lara Jean sort of has this rift with her older sister when Margot goes off to school...and it just really hit home for me. 3 I really really really related to aaaaall the sisterly dynamics in here. This is so what it is to be sisters. YA WANNA KILL 'EM AND HUG 'EM SIMULTANEOUSLY.

    She is quiet and likes to be at home and she loves baking and she knits and scrapbooks and SHE IS HAPPY TO BE HER. I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH I COULD CRY!! Plus I generally find the "quiet" people in books tend to also be seriously boring. Was Lara Jean boring?? HAHAAH #NOPE. She was so interesting and fun and witty and also scared and reserved and just...she

    Which is what I want to read about!

    • BLESS THESE CHARACTERS. BLESS THIS BOOK.

    And it's

    . Because Lara Jean writes letters to boys she's loved as a "let go" thing. But someone sends them (!!) and the boys get them (!!) and her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh, gets one. In order to NOT lose face with Josh (hello, he's her sister's!) Lara Jean "pretends" to get together with Peter Kavinsky. Peter and Lara Jean are totally using each other and it's all a fake relationship...

    . But the basic gloriousness of it is: (A) both boys are interesting and complex characters, and (B) I liked them both a lot at the beginning, and (C) it wasn't a case of Lara Jean being "in love with two people". IT WAS NEVER LIKE THAT. So I loved this triangle!! Perfection!

    I can't breath. Someone send help. No no send cookies.

    eh. No.

    Kitty (who is the 9yo sister) was fantastic so that makes up for it.

    This is

    foodie fiction. I'm not even kidding: there is AT LEAST food mentioned in every chapter. Like meals and outings and ice cream and baking (SO SO MUCH BAKING) I literally died several times. NO I'M NOT EVEN KIDDING. I had to stop reading and go eat a banana muffin and sour cream because I was starving. Curse this book omg.

    It fully gets an extra star for the food. It does. I'm not even ashamed.

    I just...I ship Lara Jean and Peter so bad someone hold me I'm crying. I'm a wreck. UGHGGH. But I love how Lara Jean developed over the course of the book and I loved how the book wasn't completely angsty or anything. It was just

    and interesting and fully captivating.

    • HAHAHAH JUST KIDDING

    (Excuse me, I need to go sit down, I've fangirled too much and I don't know what to do with myself.)

    (Also I want to eat.)

    (Darn this book.)

    YOU AND ME BOTH, PETER. [SOBBING BECAUSE NEEDS CAKE]

  • Regan
    Mar 16, 2014

    I read this in a day. SO CUTE.

    Follows a girl called Lara Jean and through her life she has written letters to all the boys she has loved in her past, she keeps these letters safely tucked away from the word. However, one day she finds they are gone, her letters have been sent out, and everyone she has ever loved now knows. Including her older sisters ex-boyfriend. This story follows Lara Jean as she struggles with her relationship with her older sister and her past loves.

    It had so many levels,

    I read this in a day. SO CUTE.

    Follows a girl called Lara Jean and through her life she has written letters to all the boys she has loved in her past, she keeps these letters safely tucked away from the word. However, one day she finds they are gone, her letters have been sent out, and everyone she has ever loved now knows. Including her older sisters ex-boyfriend. This story follows Lara Jean as she struggles with her relationship with her older sister and her past loves.

    It had so many levels, yes it was a "love story" but it also focused on the relationship between sisters and family. I really really enjoyed this, and when I read the last page I actually got angry because I wanted more. I really hope this is a series.

  • Jessica (priceiswong)
    Mar 28, 2014

    Reread in June 2015 for my Goodreads group readalong! Loved it just as much the second time!

    1st read:

    SO CUTE.

    I loved the Song sister's relationship! Can't wait for book two! I didn't realize at first that there were going to be more and I was so sad that this book was over :(

    Keep watching for my full review! PLUS a giveaway is coming soon near you soon!! *wink wink*

  • Raeleen Lemay
    Apr 14, 2014

    Well... That was disappointing.

    I absolutely could not

    Lara Jean's voice. She sounded like a child, even though she's 16 years old. STOP. She also cried any time something mildly unfortunate happened, and that got old real fast.

    I fail to see how any of the romance in this book was cute. There are two love interests, and both of them were horrible. I wasn't rooting for either of them at all.

    ALSO, the letters, which I thought would be a big part of the story, were really only used as somethin

    Well... That was disappointing.

    I absolutely could not

    Lara Jean's voice. She sounded like a child, even though she's 16 years old. STOP. She also cried any time something mildly unfortunate happened, and that got old real fast.

    I fail to see how any of the romance in this book was cute. There are two love interests, and both of them were horrible. I wasn't rooting for either of them at all.

    ALSO, the letters, which I thought would be a big part of the story, were really only used as something to spice up the plot near the beginning, and once they had served their purpose, they stopped mattering. Lara Jean didn't even seem to care who sent them out, or

    , and that really bothered me. Who would just be like OH WELL. LOL MOVING ON.

    It started out as a fun, light read, but it lacked substance, which is why I didn't really enjoy it.

  • Khanh (the meanie)
    Apr 16, 2014

    That's why this book made me gag a little.

    (and the main character was pretty dumb to begin with). I don't usually read contemporary YA novels, but when I do, I have certain expectations. I want sweetness, I want a character that matures, and I want some really cute romance. Yeah. Me. Want

    That's why this book made me gag a little.

    (and the main character was pretty dumb to begin with). I don't usually read contemporary YA novels, but when I do, I have certain expectations. I want sweetness, I want a character that matures, and I want some really cute romance. Yeah. Me. Wanting a cute romance. It happens!

    That was what I wanted out of this book. I don't think it's too much to ask. I didn't get much of anything, so really, it felt like I read this book for no reason at all. I am left completely unsatisfied. Why did I waste my time?

    In short:

    1.

    If you want a definite conclusion or an HEA, get the heck away from this book.

    2. The main character (Lara Jean) is

    in a sheltered upper-middle-class kind of way. She never really matured.

    3.

    . There is a halfhearted

    . The romance is a literal

    a pretend one to make an ex-girlfriend and a former crush jealous. They are friends, nothing more.

    4. The main character has long since been crushing on

    . Excuse me while I throw up my recently ingested dinner.

    5. There is almost

    in the book. Lara Jean has a best friend (Chris) who is an outrageous, loud slut, and they so rarely talk and that their relationship feels pointless and artificial.

    :

    Lara Jean has been in love with Josh for a long time. They've grown up alongside each other for the past five years; her dad and sisters all adore Josh.

    . Margot is about to leave for college, so she decides to do the decent thing and break up with him. Josh is left brokenhearted. Lara Jean sees him crying. She thinks...

    Lara Jean is a romantic. She has had a few crushes in her life, and she has written love letters to all of them. There has been five.

    And now there's a problem:

    (if you can't guess who it is, we seriously need to have a talk). This is problematic...because Lara Jean wrote a letter to Josh. And Peter.

    To a teenaged girl, to any girl or woman, really, this is

    , having your crushes find out is just an unimaginable humiliation. When Josh finds out, Lara Jean has no choice but to save face.

    . It turns out that Peter is in need of a little distraction himself.

    Peter has recently been dumped by his girlfriend, Genevieve.

    They enter into a dating contract. But then Lara Jean finds himself liking Peter...but is Peter truly over his ex-gf? And what happens when Josh realizes that he might have feelings for her after all?

    : Inoffensive, silly, stupid at times, and incredibly boring. Lara Jean reminds me of some of my baby sister's friends.

    She is stupid at times, she runs a stop sign, she takes some stupid risks involving her own baby sister and a car seat, she would probably buy the London Bridge from you if you offered it to her.

    She never really matured throughout the novel. Her maturity at the end of the book equates to "I can order pizza for my dad and sister while my older sister is out of the country now!" She has the sort of wide-eyed innocence that makes me think,

    I want a certain toughness in my main characters, not a starry-eyed fluff of an overprotected, privileged upper-middle-class girl. Her definition of maturity includes admitting to her mistakes...

    Lara Jean feels like a 13-year old.

    : I don't know about you, but I find the thought of dating my sister's ex pretty fucking nauseating, and I'm willing to bet that my sister feels the same way about my ex-boyfriend. Let's get one thing straight, if you're going to be in a relationship with someone, there's going to be some touching involved. You're going to go beyond first base.

    The last thing I need when I'm kissing a guy is thinking about my sister kissing the same pair of lips. The last thing I need when I'm *ahem* a guy is knowing my sister has probably done the same thing to him. The last thing I need when I'm sleeping with a guy is to be thinking

    Gross. Gross. GROSS. No, thank you.

    To top it off,

    What does that say about his behaviors, his morality? What does that say about his character. Is he going to do the same thing to your OTHER sister 10 years down the road? (Lara Jean has two sisters) Do you really want your sister's leftover?

    Why would you even consider that? What kind of a sister would you be? I don't care if your sister broke up with HIM. It's still a betrayal of the worst sort.

    : When I read a contemporary novel, one of the things I look forward to is a realistic, true portrayal of female friendship. Instead, I have this:

    : There really is no romance in this book. There is barely anything but Lara Jean mooning and daydreaming that she and Josh were Meant To Be, if only he could see it.

    Lara Jean may find herself liking Peter more and more every day, but there's the fact that Peter

    Lara Jean is supposed to be developing a true relationship with Peter, but how can she, when it's clear that Peter has a tremendous amount of emotional baggage.

    I was truly disappointed by this book. I wanted a sweet romance. I wanted to be swept away. I didn't get anything, and

  • Emily May
    May 07, 2014

    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.

    Privileged, boring, 16-year-old girl (whose "voice" sounds closer to 12) feels sorry for herself because her sister's boyfriend doesn't want her. Until he does. Conclusion? There is none. Just a lot of faffing about, moronically pining, and an inconclusive non-ending.

    So many books I'

    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.

    Privileged, boring, 16-year-old girl (whose "voice" sounds closer to 12) feels sorry for herself because her sister's boyfriend doesn't want her. Until he does. Conclusion? There is none. Just a lot of faffing about, moronically pining, and an inconclusive non-ending.

    So many books I've been looking forward to have let me down. Other books that I've taken a chance on have also let me down. Honestly, where are the sophisticated but no less realistic and dramatic voices of authors like

    or

    ? Why does every YA narrator have the same recycled, immature narrative voice? I am seriously starting to wonder if Young Adult has ran its course. My reading of the past few years has been defined by trends in YA; I've been propelled towards dystopias and fantasy novels with teen protagonists and I've loved, hated, laughed, cried and obsessed. Now I have to wonder: has the "genre" finally ran out of steam?

    is about a girl called Lara Jean who's been crushing on her sister's boyfriend since before they were together. Her sister, Margot, will soon be leaving for college so she breaks up with said boyfriend - Josh - leaving him behind and single and oh so heartbroken. Then there's the other part of this story:

    . Never sent them, of course, just written down the emotions and angst as a kind of release. Now a mysterious someone

    has sent all her letters to the respective crushes, including Josh.

    Obviously, Lara Jean is mortified and decides to deal with the embarrassment by pretending to be in a relationship with one of the recipients who has some issues of his own - Peter. Drama ensues. Josh changes his mind. Lara Jean starts to think that maybe she has feelings for Peter. But does Peter have feelings for her?

    It amazes me how little Lara Jean seems to realise that it's kinda weird for her to seriously pursue a relationship with her sister's ex. But whatever, it's not like that's my main problem with this book. My main problem is Lara Jean herself. She is

    . I guess there's a fine line between innocence and annoying, upper middle class ignorance, but I find that Lara Jean is heading towards the latter. I know teenagers tend to have a silly obsession with boys (or girls, whatever) but her narrative voice is so childish, whiny and uninteresting that it's hard to sympathise with her at any point.

    And she never learns, never develops, never grows. Time and life experiences have come and gone by the time this novel ends, but LJ is the same old girl.

    For you lil whippersnappers out there who haven't heard the song with the same idea, get to it:

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  • Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
    Aug 04, 2015

    Straight out of a Taylor Swift song.

    I do like Jenny Han, I love her covers, and I think she's a good writer. With all that being said, I have to comment on the characters.

    Please don't take this too seriously.

    Lara Jean is an invisible, Potterhead, Tumblrite, anime fan, non-partygoer, aka:

    ...So typical teen Lara Jean writes love letters which she never sends to her crushes, in order to get over them:

    Straight out of a Taylor Swift song.

    I do like Jenny Han, I love her covers, and I think she's a good writer. With all that being said, I have to comment on the characters.

    Please don't take this too seriously.

    Lara Jean is an invisible, Potterhead, Tumblrite, anime fan, non-partygoer, aka:

    ...So typical teen Lara Jean writes love letters which she never sends to her crushes, in order to get over them:

    One day,

    Now invisible girl is forced out of her shell, when popular cool boy asks her to be his fake gf in order to make his ex jealous!

    Things are even more complicated, since she has a major crush on her older sisters boyfriend. Like, she totally stole him from her! He was Lara Jean's friend first!

    What an interesting, never before seen, 10/10 romance, right?

    I know she's a teenager, but you'll be hearing how annoyingly handsome he is in

    chapter.

    I'm sorry, but that sounds like how a middle schooler would describe a kiss. "A boy's back feels so different than a girl's back." No shit.

    I need to warn you, that this quote was mentioned in both novels...

    I don't even know what to say about this one...

    Since when was eating lunch at a table, only for "popular" people? What does everyone else do, cram in the washroom? Eat on the lawn?

    God, I'm the cheapest person out there, then.

    My background music would probably go from sophisticated instrumental all the way to heavy metal. Those are the two appearances either: Look at me this outfits new, or I don't care I'm comfortable.

    I'd probably turn the music down on both occasions.

    This felt more middle grade, but there was some swearing.

    I wouldn't recommend this to readers who prefer meaningful reads when it comes to contemporaries.

    P.S. Exams are over! I'll be interacting with everyone much more now ♥


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