Release Date: April 15, 2014
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Jenny Han wrote the first YA contemporary book that I had ever read before, way back when I was in seventh grade (It was The Summer I Turned Pretty, in case you were curious). From then on every other contemporary book I read couldn’t live up to that series. Jenny Han’s books do that for me – they set standards for my contemporary reading. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was no different, and it left me on a major book hangover. The only thing that helped me to get back to reading after finishing this book was the fact that there will be a sequel to this book! Read it, and you’ll know why I need a sequel.
Where do I even start with reviewing this book?! Well, I had been waiting to read this for months, before it even had a cover. Then it got a cover and that made the waiting for it that much harder. Everything about this book was perfect. The story, the cover, the characters… I could go on and on gushing about how perfect it was. What I liked so much about it though, was that it wasn’t a typical contemporary romance. It was unique. It was released at the right time, too – a great choice for spring and summer.
This book flew by for me, and I almost wish I had savored it more than I did while reading it. The only problem was, I couldn’t read this book fast enough. Before I knew it I only had 10 pages left! To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a book you can sit and read in a few hours, but I wouldn’t recommend doing that because it’ll leave you with so many feels your brain won’t be able to process. Read it slow, and enjoy it. Let everything sink in.
Overall, I will never be able to describe just how much I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. In my eyes, Jenny Han is queen when it comes to YA contemporary books. Whether you’re a contemporary fan or not, pick this book up – you won’t be disappointed. All of the hype surrounding this book was well deserved. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a new addition to my all-time favorite books.
Here, have some more of Jenny Han’s perfection:
- The Summer I Turned Pretty – ♥♥♥♥♥
- It’s Not Summer Without You – ♥♥♥♥♥
- We’ll Always Have Summer – ♥♥♥♥♥
- Burn for Burn (with Siobhan Vivian) – ♥♥♥♥+.5