To All The Boys I've Loved Before

To All The Boys I've Loved Before

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Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster BFYR,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781442426702
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 22 cm

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

This book is romantic and dreamy. Why can't everyone have a fake boyfriend as hot as Peter?

InnisfilTeenReads Oct 28, 2020

Lara Jean has had 5 total crushes in her life and they were so intense that she wrote letters to each of them and tucked them away in her hatbox, never to be read. Until one day her letters mysteriously got mailed. Her sister’s ex (who also happens to be their next door neighbour), Josh got one of the letters. In order to convince him that she doesn’t like him any more she pretends to date cute and popular Peter Kavinsky. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an easy read and is for anyone who likes a cute high school romance. I honestly didn’t think I would like it but it’s really not that bad! The book was a bit cheesy but that’s what I expected. There were definitely some awkward moments (one particular kissing scene comes to mind) that weren’t necessary to the plot, but I liked that Lara Jean was quirky and different than your typical high school romance protagonist. Overall I think it’s a good book and is definitely worth the read! - Madelyn

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1Love2learn
Aug 03, 2020

I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. A glimpse into a teenage girl's mind as she traverses through typical social issues around friendship and romance. I liked the hatbox idea. Easily predictable though.

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reshmitham
Jul 30, 2020

Lara Jean is a sixteen-year-old who crushes on people hard. Her crushes are so strong that she needs to write a letter that explains how much they mean to them. But, make no mistake, she never mails them. She writes these letters to get over her crush, and before the said crushes even realize it, she’s fallen out of love with them. But now, her secret letters have been mailed by her sister, Kitty, and she’s completely mortified. The recipients don’t make it any better, with one being her sister’s ex-boyfriend and one being Peter Kravinsky, the most popular boy in school. Now, Lara Jean has to change her perspective on family and relationships, and understand that sometimes reaching out of your comfort zone is good for you.
One thing I liked about this book was that it’s so cute. The incidents that happen between Lara and Peter are kinda one of the only things that I liked about it.
Some things I didn’t like in this book was that it was so dramatic. Like every little thing that happened was magnified to such a big level. I know high school is filled with drama, but at times this drama just seemed childish. I also didn’t really like Lara Jean. I saw no character development within her throughout the book, and that really disappointed me.
If you’re looking for a quick romantic read that will give you the feels, I would for sure recommend this book.

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CookiesNCream_
Jul 26, 2020

I like the movie more but this was a REALLY good book!!! Definitely recommend for anyone who likes romance, humor, and drama.

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AlexaLe
Jul 13, 2020

Jenny Han’s YA novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, is a perfect mix of humor, awkwardness, and romance, basically everything a teenage girl could want out of a high school love story. The book begins with Lara Jean Covey after her five secret love letters were sent to boys she previously had a crush on, through various stages of her life. Lara Jean, a somewhat homely and invisible Korean-American teenage girl, is immediately horrified, especially when one of those letters is sent to her older sister’s ex-boyfriend. Determined to save face, she decides to engage in a fake relationship with another recipient of one of her love letters, the ever-popular and swoon-worthy Peter Kavinsky, who is looking to prove to his ex-girlfriend that she no longer has a hold over him. As they spend time together in a series of awkward encounters, large misunderstandings, and adorable “fake” dates, they begin to realize that love really does hit you in unexpected ways.

This is the first book in Han’s trilogy and one that effectively had readers at the edge of their seats during the cliffhanger ending. While it is not a serious or especially thought-provoking novel, it is one of my favorite series, simply because it acts as an escape from any seriousness and stress in your life. Many readers can immediately relate to Lara Jean, as her internal conflicts and high levels of overthinking are actions that we all know much too well. She places a strong emphasis on the importance of family in her life, values that are not too common amongst teenagers. Although the romance between her and Peter does fall into the nerdy girl and popular boy stereotype, the various plot details and miscommunication between the two provide enough variants to effectively keep the story entertaining. Soon enough, we’re all wishing that we had Lara Jean’s life!

If you prefer serious books, I would stick to the classics, especially if you don’t enjoy reading about the ups and downs of a tumultuous high school relationship. However, I would definitely recommend this novel (and the following two) to those who love YA novels that provide pleasant, humorous content. This is a great novel that also has a very popular movie on Netflix, and keep in mind that the book is always better than the movie!

Age rating: 13+
Star rating: 5 stars

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lissa_adamson
Jun 15, 2020

Loved this almost as much as I loved Simon... It's just so well accomplished, the flow of events is well-paced and natural, the characters have depth and emotion. Pg 312 had tears streaming down my face, I read this baby in 1 sitting. So yeah, 100% reading book 2.

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kimtran1967
Jun 05, 2020

I loved this book.It had so much drama and humor to it alongside with romance.I very much recommend it to those who love humor,romance,drama,and family.

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EljayJohnson
May 10, 2020

Cute and fun. But the non-ending annoyed me a bit.

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amm3607
Apr 27, 2020

Lara Jean is so relateable. I love this series!

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reshmitham
Jul 30, 2020

reshmitham thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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CookiesNCream_
Jul 26, 2020

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elisabeth_23
Apr 14, 2020

elisabeth_23 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Feb 16, 2020

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khood91
Oct 18, 2019

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maddog_
Oct 04, 2019

maddog_ thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Jul 18, 2019

bezoarbezoarbezoar thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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chloe_mok
Jan 05, 2019

chloe_mok thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 20

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blue_monkey_7464
Jan 04, 2019

blue_monkey_7464 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 26

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Josh, you break my heart. And you're a liar. Because you know me, you know me better than almost anybody, and you don't love me.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“When I write, I hold nothing back. I write like he'll never read it. Because he never will. Every secret thought, every careful observation, everything I've saved up inside me, I put it all in the letter. When I'm done, I seal it, I address it, and then I put it in my teal hatbox.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I delete the picture of him from my phone; I delete his number. I think that if I just delete him enough, it will be like none of it ever happened and my heart won't hurt so badly”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“It's not like in the movies. It's better, because it's real.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Life doesn't have to be so planned. Just roll with it and let it happen.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“You'd rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“Smirking, he says, 'Whatever spell you just tried to cast on me, it didn't work, so I think you need to go back to Hogwarts.'”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“I want to say yes, but I don't want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody else's first choice”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“I didn't fall for you, you tripped me!”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”

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jasmincarrera
Feb 28, 2019

This book is about a junior in high school named Lara Jean. Lara Jean keeps love letters to all the boys that she has loved before as a way to get over them. Lara Jean writes these letters as a way to pour out all of her emotions and a way to get closure from them. She even addresses them, but never actually sends them. As fate would have it, one day all five love letters are mysteriously sent out, even the one to Josh, her sisters ex boyfriend. Soon after this event, Lara Jean's love life, as well as social life, goes from imaginary to spiraling out of control. Throughout the book, Lara Jean struggles to learn to express her true emotions and learn that it's okay to be a little selfish and take risks. In the end, Lara Jean finds herself and maybe even some love.

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Oct 03, 2018

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trin0707
Jun 29, 2016

For every boy Lara Jean has loved she writes him a letter and puts it in her hat box where they are a secret from the world. But now they aren't. When all five letters are mailed out, Lara Jean is forced to control a love life that never existed till now.

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Lidiaruiz
Oct 20, 2015

I would recommend this book to people who like romance. This book is about a girl who has wrote a letter to each boy she has ever loved. There's five letters in total. But when her letters mysteriously disappear and are sent to the guys, her life turns around. While trying to keep face with her sister's ex-boyfriend, she partners up with Peter Kevinsky. In the process of faking a relationship with him, they both fall in love. But Lara Jean will have to go through a hard time dealing with Genevieve, Peter's ex-girlfriend. Can their love survive the challenges? Find out for yourself :)

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bellacrysler
Jun 27, 2014

16 year old Lara Jean has been in love 5 times. Every time she wants to say good bye to a boy and stop loving them, she writes them love letters, seals them, addresses them, and then tucks them away in a hat box given to her my her late mother. The letters are her own little secret until one day in the spring when she returns homes to find them all sent. One by one she faces "all the boys she's loved before" only to find that who she thinks she's loved the most all along may not be the one for her, and the least expected boy from the group of 5, might just be the one.

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readingfairy
Oct 05, 2018

Coarse Language: The F-word is used twice.

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