Book Review: To All the Boys I Loved Before
Book review written by Liyah Tyner, teen volunteer.
Honestly, I wasn’t prepared to like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han as much as I did. This book told the story of Lara Jean Covey. Whenever she felt a crush so large she couldn’t keep it to herself she wrote love letters to each crush. Instead of sending them, she keeps them hidden in a box. However, one day the letters are sent to each of her former crushes by an anonymous person, and one of her former crushes just happened to be the school’s most popular guy, Peter. Peter is fresh out of a relationship with his mean ex-girlfriend. In order to make her jealous he makes a deal with Lara Jean to have a fake-relationship. The story deals with Lara Jean’s unrequited love, the loss of her sister who is going off to college and the stress of all of her love letters being exposed.
I loved Lara Jean! I found myself relating to her a lot. We are both minorities, shy, a little awkward and know what it was like to deal with unrequited love. She was quirky but not in a way that was annoying. It was charming. I absolutely adored the relationship she had with Peter. They had great chemistry and were a great couple while also not seeming too perfect. They made mistakes just like everyone else. Both seemed to genuinely care for each other. Though I didn’t relate to Peter a lot I did enjoy him. He made mistakes, but he was a great fake-boyfriend to Lara Jean. Their relationship reminded me of Eleanor and Park from the book Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Both couples did not start out as friends but as the story progresses, you see the connection between their relationships with each other and how much they start to love each other very much.
I would rate this story a 10/10! It was always entertaining and there was never a boring moment between Lara Jean and Peter. Although this story had the fake-dating trope it was still refreshing. Even if you aren’t a fan of romance books I still think you would find this story lovable. If you love romance stories I would definitely recommend this story!