To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Book - 2014
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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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Jan 31, 2018

This was a sweet lovely book and, as soon as it finished, I picked up the next one in the series.

At its heart, this is a book about love. Lara Jean's love for her family is as much a focus as her "love" for the various boys. Admittedly, I'm long past my teens but, to me, she felt like a real teenager (rather than an adult trapped inside a teenage body) dealing with real fears and real relationships.

I never would have chosen this book if book club hadn't chosen it for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Oct 22, 2017

After going into this book with low expectations, I found myself definitely enjoying myself throughout it. It’s quick-paced and quirky in a way that isn’t trying too hard to be. Considering this is a rather romance-packed YA contemporary, I was pleasantly surprised that Lara Jean’s (our protagonist) family was also well-rounded and you see a lot of them throughout the book, which is unlike many books of the same genre. However, this book is rather predictable, and the ending leaves you yearning for more. I also wished we got to learn a bit more about some of the other characters, such as Chris (Lara Jean’s friend). This book definitely has its ups and downs. I would recommend this book if you are looking for something quick, fresh, and easy, but not if you are looking for an awe-inspiring, life-changing story. 3/5 Stars.
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 31, 2017

Super cute and I loved it! Lara Jean is the perfect girl who can relate to you in at least one aspect of life. Her love for her family is inspiring. The plot is so original, too!

Jun 23, 2017

This book was love at first chapter read!!!! I LOVED IT! This lady really knows how to write. I read the trilogy in two weeks! The last book tore me up :'( I'd love a fourth book and so on. These books are adiciting, beware.

May 08, 2017

I finished it and I loved it and I need the next book IMMEDIATELY. My goodness!!! This was wonderful for so many reasons. It was relatable, real, heartfelt, adorable, romantic, funny. The writing had such a lovely quality too. The Song sisters reminded me of the March sisters :) Their relationship with each other and their dad was the best. I loved all of their traditions and their banter. I loved how wordly Kitty was haha! She was super funny. I of course thought the Harry Potter Halloween was the best thing ever. Expelliarmus! I loved the tactile feel of the words and the feelings, the coziness of Lara Jean's life. I loved the cookies and how she made friends with Peter's friends, and the idea behind her letters. And I really REALLY adored Peter. I really do need the next book now and I need it to end... perfectly <3

AL_APRIL Nov 21, 2016

This was a fun YA romance novel. The interactions between the characters was great. Although the story did get to be predictable I wanted to continue because I had gotten invested in the characters. I enjoyed the fluffy romance aspect of this book. It was a nice and light-hearted read.

Oct 23, 2016

i liked this book alot. it reminded me (at the time i was dealing with some friend/boyfriend drama) that i dont have it the worst! lara jean's funny perspective and hilarious on life cracked me up and i loved the way she and her sisters got along. [spoileralert!!] i knew it was kitty who sent the letters out from the beginning!
lol xoxo

PinesandPrejudice Sep 27, 2016

This is a refreshing read. I love that Lara Jean is a whole person who has more than just typical high school love problems. Her family is supportive and a huge part of her life which is under represented in YA. Yes, there is a typical high school love story but it doesn't get in the way of the other types of love (familial, friendship) presented in the story as well. Plus it's nerdy with HP and theater geek references.

katbee Sep 26, 2016

I enjoyed reading about a character with a strong connection to her family, and the Harry Potter reference was fun too.

Aug 25, 2016

After reading the summer I Turned Pretty trilogy by Jenny Han, I was so excited to read this next novel by her. She did not disappoint to create another amazing YA book about teen love. Lara Jean writes a love letter to every boy she has ever loved as a way to move on from them. But when these letters mysteriously get sent, Lara Jean’s life goes up in flames. The one letter to a boy hides a major secret from Lara Jean’s older sister Margot. When problems arise, Lara Jean and Margot must find a way to forgive each other and forget the past. It is a great novel about first loves, first heartbreaks, and the undying bond of siblings.
- @bookwormanonymous of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Laura- Jean isn’t like all the other girls at school. She lost her mother at a young age and now struggles being raised by her father and living with her two sisters. It takes a family effort for them to go about their daily tasks, but one thing is for certain: their love for each other is endless. With Laura- Jean’s big sister, Margot heading off to college, it is up to her to keep their house going. But suddenly with Margot gone, she is becoming more noticed by all the boys in school. She has the cute next door neighbor, Josh, who she has had a crush on since he moved in next door. But her life gets flipped upside-down when her precious letters, where she declares her love for 6 boys gets sent out and she has to live with the consequences of confronting her feelings. With Margot gone, Laura has no one to turn to and is struggling to make the right choice. This is another one of my favourite books that I could not put down. I highly recommend it!
- @BakerBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

To all the boys I’ve loved before is a love story written by Jenny Han. It had a bit of suspense in it too.
To all the boys I’ve loved before follows the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter, sealed it and hid it under her bed. But one day she discovered that somehow all the letters has been mailed, causing her crushes from past to confront her about the letters. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, she discovers that something good may come out of these letters.
To all the boys I’ve loved before is very well written. It was cute, entertaining and hilarious. Several things got on my nerves like some character’s behavior. I think it’s important though that all characters have flaws that were very well portrayed. This book does end on a cliffhanger which I absolutely hate. I excepted a little bit more from this novel. This is a great story about family and love and I think readers will enjoy it.
I rate this book 4 stars since it did drag a bit after Margot left for college but picked up not too far after and I wasn’t crazy about Lara Jean and Josh. I love the beginning of the book. I like getting to know them interact with each other.
The ending does leave you wanting to read more. The book is a nice, simple read that I did enjoy. I would recommend it to people who are interested in love stories and I would like to know what happened next.
- @twilight of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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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.'”

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”

Jul 03, 2015

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

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?”

Jul 19, 2014

"This is our life; there’s no use in asking what if. No one could ever give you the answers. I try, I really do, but it’s hard for me to accept this way of thinking. I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken."

May 14, 2014

“Margot would say she belongs to herself. Kitty would say she belongs to no one. And I guess I would say I belong to my sisters and my dad, but that won’t always be true. To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted. To really be somebody’s, and to have them be mine.”

May 14, 2014

“When someone's been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit. That's why you can't save it all up like that.

Because by the time you finally see each other, you're catching up only on the big things, because it's too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.”


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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.

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 :)

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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