By: Cait Marie
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has been on my TBR for years. With the recent release of the movie adaptation on Netflix, I knew I needed to read it before watching. So, that was the plan: to read it last week, then watch the movie over the weekend when it came out. Except it was finals week and things did not work out as planned. I ended up starting the book last night after submitting my final… and I finished it this morning at nearly five.
This book is a YA contemporary about 16-year-old Lara Jean. To get over a crush, Lara Jean writes love letters and then hides them in an old hat box. However, in the beginning of the school year, all five letters are accidentally sent. Including the one to her neighbor and friend, Josh, who also happens to be her sister’s ex-boyfriend. After another boy, Peter, confronts her about his letter, they decide to pretend to be dating so that Josh doesn’t think she likes him and to make Peter’s ex-girlfriend jealous.
Together, they fool everyone. Slowly, through bickering and snark, they become friends. They start to bring out the good in each other. Lara Jean begins to open up and have fun living out of her comfort zone. Peter starts to show that he’s more than just the popular jock who has it all.
This book is adorable. Yes, it’s written for younger audiences and it’s cheesy, but it’s cute. Lara Jean is very relatable with her love of crafts, reading, and Harry Potter. I laughed and smiled throughout the whole book. If you’re looking for a feel-good, coming-of-age romance story, I recommend it. It’d be a fantastic end-of summer read. I mean, it was good enough that I read the whole thing in one night because I didn’t want to stop. Plus, it’s the first of a trilogy! I fully plan on starting book two, P.S. I Still Love You, today or this evening.