16 Oct 2018

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)


'' Why is it so hard to say no to him? Is this what it's like to be in love with somebody? ''


★ ★ ★ ★ ☆


From Goodreads:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Looking for the perfect beach read? The book to read on your commute home? The companion for rainy-days and cups of tea? You've found it. And the best part? It's a trilogy.
Lara Jean is the most careful person there is. Always double checking everything, looking for her older sister for guidance, then triple-checking and planning it all out on paper to be sure. She doesn't feel confident improvising at all. And now, her older sister Margot has gone to college in Scotland and she has to step out of her comfort zone entirely. Then the letters she wrote to the boys she loved but wanted to let go for one reason or another, get missing. This puts Lara Jean in a tight spot because one of the letters was for Josh Sanderson, her sister's longtime boyfriend who Margot broke up with just before she left for Scotland. And to Kavinsky. Peter Kavinsky, the boy Lara Jean loved but let go some time ago.

The character chemistry is something to look forward to. There is just something about the pairings, about Kavinksy's character that compels the reader. Just like it compels Lara Jean. 

Then there's Josh, the golden boy next door. The perfect boyfriend to Margot, the perfect addition to the Covey family. He just sits well with the family. When Margot breaks up with him, he stays away for some time, watching them and looking for the perfect moment to get back in. Into their lives and, after getting Lara Jean's letter, into her life. Which kind of is Lara Jean's goal, but that's beside the point when you get a bit further in the book.

The story-telling is so realistic, that it feels like you're in the book, too. Even though I haven't been to a high school in the US, I feel like I have. The drama, the events, it all feels like something that could actually happen somewhere.

The book is such a heart-warming one. You'll definitely find yourself smiling randomly at it while reading.

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