To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Book - 2014
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"Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent"--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, ©2014.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781442426702
9781442426719
Characteristics: 355 pages ;,22 cm

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LoganLib_Kirra Aug 08, 2018

To All The Boys I've Loved Before is a book about first loves, embarrassing moments and family struggles. Lara Jean is a middle child with a single dad and a deceased mother. She's sheltered and a dreamer that prefers to live in a made-up world in her head rather than the real world. She doesn't take chances and enjoys sticking to what she knows. That changes one day when the box filled with all her unfiltered thoughts in letters to boys is sent out.

I really enjoyed this book. It was an incredibly easy read to immerse myself in and while it was heavily romantic there was so much included about family the struggles between sisters as well as the struggles of being a teenage girl. I recommend it for anyone wanting a bright, hilarious and addictive young adult novel to fall in love with.

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CarleeMcDot
Aug 08, 2018

So, remember last month when a sweet friend of mine had sent me a bunch of Young Adult novels she thought I would like? Well, this month she sent me a few more recommendations and our library happened to have them in stock! She actually sent me the trailer of the Netflix movie but mentioned she had read the books and loved them so I wanted to give them a go (especially if I was ever planning on seeing the movie). This was the first book in the trilogy and I gobbled it up (like I started it in the morning and had finished it by the early afternoon). The premise is the main character wrote her five crushes letters to get over them, addressed them and hid them in her closet... until one day they are somehow mailed out and she has to deal with the fallout that ensues. It is teenage drama and YA fiction as its finest. The only bummer part was they fact that my library didn't have the second and third books available to read right away so I had to wait to find out how the story continued. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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susan_findlay
Jan 31, 2018

This was a sweet lovely book and, as soon as it finished, I picked up the next one in the series.

At its heart, this is a book about love. Lara Jean's love for her family is as much a focus as her "love" for the various boys. Admittedly, I'm long past my teens but, to me, she felt like a real teenager (rather than an adult trapped inside a teenage body) dealing with real fears and real relationships.

I never would have chosen this book if book club hadn't chosen it for me, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 22, 2017

If you don’t like romance, then this novel will definitely change your mind. Being the first pure romance novel I’ve ever read, I was left loving the genre. In my opinion, this is the perfect getaway novel into the world of romance.The authors writing style is pure and real, capturing a 16 year old girls mind perfectly. Lara Jean’s journey is one I’ll never forget. Experiencing all of the feelings she went through when her letters were sent out was both traumatic and hilarious. You can’t but fall in love with Lara Jean’s “quirky” and lovable character. With both of her love interests being different from each other, and unique in their own way, you get to truly experience everything imaginable in a high school romance. From goofy nerd Josh to Peter the confident jock- Jenny Han couldn’t have made it anymore difficult to choose who you like more. (personally, I vote Peter) Family, friends, and first loves is cheesy to say, but nothing else fits this story better. To say it simply- I loved this book. I recommend you all pick up this novel as soon as possible so you don't miss out on this amazing story! Rating: 4.2/5
- @shesareader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The way I got I to reading 'To all the boys I've loved before' by Jenny Han was through my friends, 4 of them had or were reading the series, and I'm so glad they got me started. To all the boys I've loved before is the first book in the series, with the second book being P.S. I still love you, and the third being Always and forever, Lara Jean. To all the boys I've loved before is about a teen girl named Lara Jean, who writes love letters to all the boys she's loved before. When she writes the letter it's so that she can stop liking (or loving) them, she puts all her feelings into the letters, with the intention of them never getting sent out. Then one day someone sends them and one by one the boys come to her with questions. It's a really exhilarating read, and my heart kept beating fast until the last page, which of course ends in a cliffhanger, ready for the sequel. It's great for when you want to smile and laugh, or just be happier in general. I'd give it a 4 out of 5 because really once you get started you have to read the other 2 books.
- @sarcasticmoth of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

After going into this book with low expectations, I found myself definitely enjoying myself throughout it. It’s quick-paced and quirky in a way that isn’t trying too hard to be. Considering this is a rather romance-packed YA contemporary, I was pleasantly surprised that Lara Jean’s (our protagonist) family was also well-rounded and you see a lot of them throughout the book, which is unlike many books of the same genre. However, this book is rather predictable, and the ending leaves you yearning for more. I also wished we got to learn a bit more about some of the other characters, such as Chris (Lara Jean’s friend). This book definitely has its ups and downs. I would recommend this book if you are looking for something quick, fresh, and easy, but not if you are looking for an awe-inspiring, life-changing story. 3/5 Stars.
- @ClockworkReader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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mackenzie518
Jul 31, 2017

Super cute and I loved it! Lara Jean is the perfect girl who can relate to you in at least one aspect of life. Her love for her family is inspiring. The plot is so original, too!

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vvjennifer
Jun 23, 2017

This book was love at first chapter read!!!! I LOVED IT! This lady really knows how to write. I read the trilogy in two weeks! The last book tore me up :'( I'd love a fourth book and so on. These books are adiciting, beware.

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morganameridius
May 08, 2017

I finished it and I loved it and I need the next book IMMEDIATELY. My goodness!!! This was wonderful for so many reasons. It was relatable, real, heartfelt, adorable, romantic, funny. The writing had such a lovely quality too. The Song sisters reminded me of the March sisters :) Their relationship with each other and their dad was the best. I loved all of their traditions and their banter. I loved how wordly Kitty was haha! She was super funny. I of course thought the Harry Potter Halloween was the best thing ever. Expelliarmus! I loved the tactile feel of the words and the feelings, the coziness of Lara Jean's life. I loved the cookies and how she made friends with Peter's friends, and the idea behind her letters. And I really REALLY adored Peter. I really do need the next book now and I need it to end... perfectly <3

ArapahoeApril Nov 21, 2016

This was a fun YA romance novel. The interactions between the characters was great. Although the story did get to be predictable I wanted to continue because I had gotten invested in the characters. I enjoyed the fluffy romance aspect of this book. It was a nice and light-hearted read.

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oona_laluna
Oct 23, 2016

i liked this book alot. it reminded me (at the time i was dealing with some friend/boyfriend drama) that i dont have it the worst! lara jean's funny perspective and hilarious on life cracked me up and i loved the way she and her sisters got along. [spoileralert!!] i knew it was kitty who sent the letters out from the beginning!
lol xoxo

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PinesandPrejudice
Sep 27, 2016

This is a refreshing read. I love that Lara Jean is a whole person who has more than just typical high school love problems. Her family is supportive and a huge part of her life which is under represented in YA. Yes, there is a typical high school love story but it doesn't get in the way of the other types of love (familial, friendship) presented in the story as well. Plus it's nerdy with HP and theater geek references.

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“Smirking, he says, 'Whatever spell you just tried to cast on me, it didn't work, so I think you need to go back to Hogwarts.'”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“I want to say yes, but I don't want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody else's first choice”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“I didn't fall for you, you tripped me!”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”

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justmae
Jul 19, 2014

"This is our life; there’s no use in asking what if. No one could ever give you the answers. I try, I really do, but it’s hard for me to accept this way of thinking. I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken."

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rachelsp
May 14, 2014

“Margot would say she belongs to herself. Kitty would say she belongs to no one. And I guess I would say I belong to my sisters and my dad, but that won’t always be true. To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted. To really be somebody’s, and to have them be mine.”

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rachelsp
May 14, 2014

“When someone's been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit. That's why you can't save it all up like that.

Because by the time you finally see each other, you're catching up only on the big things, because it's too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.”

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trin0707
Jun 29, 2016

For every boy Lara Jean has loved she writes him a letter and puts it in her hat box where they are a secret from the world. But now they aren't. When all five letters are mailed out, Lara Jean is forced to control a love life that never existed till now.

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Lidiaruiz
Oct 20, 2015

I would recommend this book to people who like romance. This book is about a girl who has wrote a letter to each boy she has ever loved. There's five letters in total. But when her letters mysteriously disappear and are sent to the guys, her life turns around. While trying to keep face with her sister's ex-boyfriend, she partners up with Peter Kevinsky. In the process of faking a relationship with him, they both fall in love. But Lara Jean will have to go through a hard time dealing with Genevieve, Peter's ex-girlfriend. Can their love survive the challenges? Find out for yourself :)

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bellacrysler
Jun 27, 2014

16 year old Lara Jean has been in love 5 times. Every time she wants to say good bye to a boy and stop loving them, she writes them love letters, seals them, addresses them, and then tucks them away in a hat box given to her my her late mother. The letters are her own little secret until one day in the spring when she returns homes to find them all sent. One by one she faces "all the boys she's loved before" only to find that who she thinks she's loved the most all along may not be the one for her, and the least expected boy from the group of 5, might just be the one.

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