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review 2019-09-11 00:12
Solid
To All the Boys I've Loved Before - Jenny Han

Lara Jean Song has a lot on her plate as a sixteen year old girl in high school.  She lost her mother when young, and lives with her father and two sisters.  Her older sister is going away to college, and Lara Jean feels like this could be her year.  Until love letters she has kept hidden somehow get sent to the boys she wrote them to.

 

Along the way she rekindles a friendship with Peter, and maybe Josh.  She intends to solve the mystery of how the letters got out.  She also finds out what makes a teenager popular.  This is a story of more than just romance.  It is a yearning and a growth.

 

I was a bit sad to find that the book itself is quite thorough and varied and had split the attention away from more than just the main character.  After a while it grew on me and I just enjoyed the humor and "cultural" and teenage funnies.  As for what happens, well there are more books to this series, and I intend to read them.  I give this story a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2018-08-28 21:11
#47, 48, 49 - To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (series review)
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To All the Boys I've Loved Before - JennyHan

I’ve marathoned this series on Audible so I decided to write a review of the entire trilogy and not one review per book. I am a bit confused about what happened in which book so let’s just write something about the three books!

 

The whole trilogy was one of the cutest things I’ve ever read. Honestly, I am typically not a huge fan of cute stories where nothing real bad happens (I love drama!) but this series was just amazing.

 

Lara Jean and her family are great characters. I especially love how Lara Jean is a “good girl” and totally assumes it. She does not want to do stuff to impress people, her best friend is not really what you’d call a “good girl” but Lara Jean stays true to herself anyway and she does not get influenced by other people. I really loved that about her. The only problem I have with that is that it does not seem realistic to me (or relatable). Peter, on the contrary, is really realistic and reminded me of a lot of people I knew back in high school. He seems like a jerk but once you know him better, you understand he’s a good guy (and you cannot help but love him for that). All the characters were really well developed and even if you only got Lara Jean’s point of view you get the feeling that you know all of them really well (Do I need to say how much I love Kitty? She is so funny and cute).

 

The storylines of the books were easy to follow, a bit predicable but not in a bad way. You just follow the life of an ordinary teenage girl and it was refreshing to read that. Nothing (too) crazy happening to her (well, if you forgot the part about the letters), she is just having a regular life and I was glad for it, I really needed to read something like that.

The romance is one of the best I’ve read in YA contemporary; even if most of it was predictable, I really loved how it was handled. I was really rooting for this relationship and it was sometimes really cute.

 

The last book was particularly interesting as Lara Jean is going through her last year of high school and leaving for college. I know from what I’ve read that college is a really big deal in the US, for us here, it really not is such a huge change. Most of the time you go study in the nearest city or even if you are going to another city, no matter where it is, you can come back every weekend if you want to as the country is really small. So yeah, it changes quite a lot because you become an “adult” but apart from that, most people stay at home. But here it was pretty clear that Lara Jean’s life was really going to change a lot; she won’t be home with her sister and her dad anymore, she will have to make new friend,s live in a new city all by herself etc. which can be pretty scary! And I think the author did a wonderful job here. She perfectly shows that going to college (as a metaphor for going into adulthood) includes a lot of changes but it does not mean some things can’t stay the same. The really important part is staying true to yourself and I think it was beautifully shown in the last book.

 

I can’t express how much I loved this series and how emotional I was at the end of it (I finished it on my way to work and it was so hard to focus after that!).

I don’t want to say too much about it because really, apart from telling you to read it because it is cute and well written and absolutely amazing I don’t know what to say.

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