To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
"Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That's part of the risk."
Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a young adult read, but it is so well-written that it can resonate with any age. Han writes with such detail and quirkiness that it's impossible not to fall in love with the characters.
Lara Jean lives in a family with two sisters, Margot and Kitty, and her single father. The family dynamic is excellently crafted. Margot is going away to college, so a big part of this book is about how the family dynamic changes with her gone. Lara Jean is witty, quirky, and just so lovable. You will be rooting for her and you'll be wishing you had a family like her.
The other element of this book is, of course, love. Lara Jean has a habit of writing letters to boys once she doesn't love them anymore. These letters are for her own benefit; she doesn't mail them. When someone mails the letters, though, a whole set of problems ensues. The biggest problem is that one of the letters was addressed to her next door neighbor--and sister's ex-boyfriend. As Lara Jean tries to recover from this "PR" nightmare, she ends up fake dating a boy she wrote a letter with. When the fake relationship takes on a life of its own, however, Lara Jean learns love is uncontrollable.
This book will make you laugh. There are so many great modern references and quirky family traditions that you'll never forget these characters. This a wonderful read for any teenage girl, anyone who has felt the bond of sisterhood, and really any woman.
Han is a talented storyteller who writes characters you want to be friends with. An excellent summer read to add to your TBR list!
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