Saturday, August 4, 2018

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

About a year ago, I got a happy surprise package in the mail. It contained To All the Boys I've Loved Before ... and nothing else. Turns out, it was from my sister Val, who said I needed to read the book. Now, finally, I have.

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 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.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is simply delightful! I loved Lara Jean and her evolving relationships with several of the boys her letters were sent to. But I especially loved her family (well, her older sister not so much. But her dad and little sister were great) and the way they interacted with each other.

When the book ended, I was both surprised (by the direction of Lara Jean's love life) and not surprised (by revelation of the letters' mailer ... I called it the instant Lara Jean's letters went missing). But, most importantly, I was satisfied. To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a fabulous read, and I can't wait to dive into book two! 4-1/2 stars.

Content note: The book contains a smattering of mild curse words, as well as a couple "f-bombs." It's revealed that characters close to Lara Jean slept together, and Lara Jean is (falsely) accused of sleeping with her boyfriend, but the sexual content on the page never goes beyond kissing. Think mild PG-13.

Buy the book.

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book as a gift and chose to review it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click the link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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