‘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.’
Lara Jean is your average high school student. She’s not shy but she’s quiet. She cares about her family and enjoys reading. Lara has a tendency to not let people in and that causes her not to be openly honest or take any risk because she’s scared of the consequences that will come out of it. One thing I liked about Lara is how she grew as a character. She wasn’t the scared girl who afraid of driving and telling the boys she liked how she felt. I liked Lara-Jean she was friendly and quirky and overall an exciting character to read about.
Peter is your typical popular high school jock. He’s a bit cocky and arrogant at times but as you get to know him you see that there more to him than just that. He’s sweet, caring and funny. As his and Lara’s relationship develops more you see that he actually really cares about her. I liked Peter, even though their times where he seemed like just an egotistical jock, you later see that he’s a good guy.
Josh is the perfect boy next door. He’s sweet and kind. Josh dates Margot and is really good friends with everyone in the Song family.
Margot is the overachiever. She’s organized and always on top of everything. She ran as class president, made good grades, volunteered and managed to also take care of her family as well. She’s a bit uptight but overall a good sister.
In the beginning of the book, the plot is kind of slow because you’re getting to know everyone and how they connect with Lara and I liked that. At first, I kind of thought that it would just jump into the whole missing letters problem but the author took her time and made sure that you got to know a little bit about everyone before they were connected to any of the letters. You see some little fights between Lara and her little sister Kitty. Towards the end of the book, you see Margot and Lara fight and how their relationship changes after Margot goes to college.
The romance in this book was not what I expected it to be like. You see Peter and Lara pretending to date so Lara can avoid confrontation with Josh and Peter to show his ex-girlfriend that he’s moved on. At first, it’s all fun and games but then they actually start to have feeling for each other which I expected. They face a few problems being both Peters ex-girlfriend Genevieve and Lara’s tendency not to say how she feels. Overall their relationship was cute. A little predictable but overall sweet.
Overall, I rate this book 5 out 5. The book was engaging and really entertaining. Even though some of the characters were cliché I think that it worked for this book because even though they were cliché there was more to them. I liked the relationship between Lara and Peter and how Lara continued to grow as a character towards the end of the book. I think the author slowing down the plot in the beginning and letting the reader get to know all the characters made the book so much enjoyable. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.