To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Review // Is The Sequel Worth Reading?

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Book 1 in the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy
Genre: YA contemporary romance
Pages: 355
Format: hardcover
Source: bought
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Look, guys, I finally read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before! *parties* Seriously, though, with the announcement of a surprise third book coming out next year, I really needed to jump on this bandwagon. Now that I have, I can say that I enjoyed this book…but not as much as I’d hoped to. >.<

the plot

The story was fun and interesting, but also very simple. It was a quick, fluffy read, something most people would find ideal for summer, and I agree. It was just what I needed after reading a few fantasy and paranormal books. At times, it could’ve turned into a stereotypical high school story, but it didn’t. It stayed unique enough to keep me turning pages, and I appreciate that in contemporaries. ๐Ÿ™‚

the characters

I really liked Lara Jean. I could relate to her in a lot of ways: we’re both short, we both are fairly quiet, we love fashion, and we stay at home more than we go out. I also liked that she and her family are Korean, which is something I’ve only ever seen before in maybe one book. She’s also a little bit older than me, but otherwise, she’s the Asian, less bookish version of me. ๐Ÿ˜€ I have to admire how she handled all the drama she went through in the last ten or so chapters, because even though she did break down a couple of times, for the most part she stayed impressively strong. I also think her fear of driving was very realistic, and it will likely be one more similarity between us once I get my license. ๐Ÿ™‚

I liked Lara Jean’s family too, for the most part. I liked her dad, and the way he tried his absolute best to raise three girls on his own. I think he did a great job. I liked Margot in the first few chapters, but after she left for Scotland I felt disconnected from her and like she became a lot colder. Especially in the end, she went against what Lara Jean needed. I have mixed feelings about Kitty. She was cute and fun, but also kind of a brat. I mean, the reveal in the very end proves that. Yes, she apologized, but sisters should never do something like that to each other. So I think I’m mostly neutral regarding the Song-Covey family. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My biggest issue was with the love interests, Peter and Josh. Peter was a cocky athlete with only his best interests in mind, and Josh was an introverted fanboy that had been friends with Lara Jean and her family for years. Normally I would’ve loved Josh, and I did in the beginning. I started to have an issue with him when he tried to tell Lara Jean that Peter wasn’t good enough for her. Yes, it was sweet that he was looking out for her and yes, he was right, but he didn’t really have any business with that. I had a sort of love-hate relationship with Peter throughout the book, but for nearly the entire second half I thought he was a jerk. Especially toward the end. I’ve heard a lot about how swoon-worthy both of them are, particularly Peter, but I just don’t see it. ๐Ÿ˜

the setting

The story took place in Richmond, Virginia, and I know that because it says so on the Goodreads page. As far as I know, the location isn’t mentioned outright. It was kind of confusing, but it wasn’t a major thing for me because the imagery was still nice. I liked Lara Jean’s high school, but I can’t really pinpoint why. I really liked her house, too, because the way it was described made it feel relaxed and cozy. ๐Ÿ™‚

the relationships

I’m not really sure what to think of the family dynamic. There were parts I liked and disliked, but to be honest, I was expecting to love it. Everyone who’s read this book loves Lara Jean’s family, and I’m not sure how to feel. Their dad doesn’t seem to know a lot about what goes on in his daughters’ lives, Margot seemed to be more negative after she went to Scotland, and Kitty was obnoxious and nosy at times. My favorite parts with the family together was in the very beginning, before Margot left. ๐Ÿ˜‰

At the moment, I ship Lara Jean with no one. From what I’ve seen, it’s sort of like a contemporary version of Twilight: are you Team Peter, Team Josh, or Team John? I don’t like Peter or Josh and I don’t know anything about John except that he’s on the Model UN, so that leaves me with no other options. I think this was my biggest issue with the book. Everyone loves it because of the cute, fluffy romance, and lightheartedly debates which boy is better and who Lara Jean should end up with. I must just have different tastes, though, because at the moment I’m on Team Lara Jean and that’s it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

the twists

For a contemporary, I was pleasantly surprised by the turns this story took. Of course, I knew that Lara Jean’s love letters got sent. I had an idea of who sent them and I ended up being right, but I didn’t guess anything else. I can’t really say anything else without spoiling one thing or another, but kudos to Jenny for making a romance as surprising as this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

overall

I did like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It was a fluffy, enjoyable read, but unfortunately my two biggest problems were the two things everyone else loves the most. However, the unique turns and Lara Jean’s character were enough to mostly balance out the negatives I found. I’m honestly torn over whether or not I should read the sequel, though, so let me know if you think it improves / is worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

my rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m off to start a new book, but I haven’t chosen which one specifically yet. ๐Ÿ˜› I hope you’re all having a fabulous day/night! โค

Until next time…

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23 thoughts on “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Review // Is The Sequel Worth Reading?

    1. Thanks, Jill! โค๏ธ I’ve done it already, but I might make a post to answer the questions or give some facts, whichever it is Liebster asks for. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. I love this book so much, for me it’s the perfect example of a great fluffy contemporary. You should try to read the sequel, maybe when you’re craving for another light contemporary and the third book is on the way, so there’s also that… Great review, Olivia!

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    1. Honestly, I thought Margot acted/sounded a bit like a middle school girl toward the end. I never though Lara Jean did. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have you read the sequel?

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