“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I’m not longer consumed by my all-consuming love…My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
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.
Let’s be honest for a second, okay? I’ve known about this book forever, I’ve passed it in the bookstore a million times, yet I never once had the urge to pick it up or planned on ever reading it. So what changed my mind, you ask? The adorably cute trailer I saw for the movie that is coming to Netflix on August 17th. Seriously, if you love rom coms and haven’t seen the trailer yet, stop reading this and check out it HERE. Once I finished watching the trailer I knew I needed to see the movie, but like any true bookworm I needed to read the book first. So that’s how I ended up here.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before wasn’t anything spectacular by any means, but it was certainly another great addition to the contemporaries I’ve been reading this summer. Don’t get me wrong I still really enjoyed the book, but I think at 25 I’m just a little more cynical towards high school relationships and the drama that comes along with high school in general. That’s really my only gripe with this book. I think my 16/17 year old self might have connected with this book a tad bit more as opposed to the old hag I am today (totally kidding).
As cute as the premise was of Lara Jean’s love letters getting exposed to all the boys she wrote them to was, I do have to say that I’m glad this story had more going for it than that. I absolutely loved the family dynamic of the Covey’s.
- Lara Jean’s dad is a single father who is trying to juggle raising three girls and being an OBGYN. Even though he’s not present as much as he would like to be he’s still a massive part of the girl’s lives and a great dad. Things like this always warm my bitter black heart.
- Margot, the eldest Covey sister, is basically the glue that holds the family together since their mother died. But Margot is off to college in Scotland and the Covey’s are about to have to fend for themselves without Margot being around. Lara Jean looks up to her older sister with the utmost respect and thinks she’s perfect, but as the story progresses we find out maybe she’s not as perfect as Lara Jean thought. Also, for everyone who has a sister please read this quote and tell me it ain’t the TRUTH. These are straight facts.
“There is a specific kind of fight you can only have with your sister. It’s the kind where you say things you can’t take back. You say them because you can’t help but say them, because you’re so angry it’s coming up your throat and out your eyes; you’re so angry you can’t see straight. All you see is blood.”
- Lara Jean, is very much so a dreamer. She’s a bit of a homebody and would rather be around her family than out partying with kids from school. But the one thing Lara Jean really doesn’t like is change, and everything is about to change. Especially ya know, since her life is about to be ruined by these damn letters.
- Kitty, is well, she’s Kitty. I found myself cracking up just about any time Kitty opened her mouth. She’s the youngest and quirkiest Covey sibling, but she’s so unapologetic about who she is. She’s amazing, I hope the movie does her character justice.
The letters are out. Queue the humiliation. However, the letter that can ruin everything is the one that is sent to Josh, who just so happens to be Margot’s boyfriend. Queue the gasps. Queue the horror. Queue the epic humiliation. As usual I promise no spoilers, so I won’t tell you how Lara Jean attempts to clean up this huge mess but just know I AM HERE FOR IT AND I APPROVE. 🙃 This is one of those stories that is about more than just a girl falling in love, it’s also about a girl finding out who she is and what she wants by stepping outside of her comfort zone.
All in all, I’m super glad I gave this book a chance and you better believe on August 17th I will be parked in front of my TV watching this movie. It was such an addictive read that I basically read this in almost one sitting. Lara Jean and her family will have you turning pages and belly laughing so hard that it’s hard to believe their fictional characters. And if you can’t get enough of them in just one book, don’t worry, there’s still two more!
Until next time!