It’s nearly September and weather in Montreal can’t seen to decide between a heat wave or Autumn rain. I love summer but lately I’ve been craving flannels, baking and cozy candles so today, I’m not really minding the rainy gloom. Then again, maybe the urge to curl up with something sweet has to do with the book/movie I’m reviewing today.
For today’s post, I’m hunkering down to do a review that I’ve been dying to write – Jenny Han’s ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’!
The movie was released a little over a week ago, and the book had been on my TBR for so long. So when I realized the movie was approaching, I sped read through the entire thing in a matter of days (really if life wasn’t so annoying by getting in my way, it probably would have been read in one sitting because it was so entertaining,)
So without further ado, let’s get into it!
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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
“What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.” – Goodreads
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about the plot is that it’s as sweet as all the cookies that Lara Jean makes throughout the book. While getting all your love letters sent all at once by accident is – hopefully – not a common occurrence since I left high school, I found everything else about it super relatable. Being a shy girl myself, I totally got Lara Jean’s character. In high school, it’s terrifying to make your true feelings known to the entire world (or just those really gorgeous crushes you had) so being thrust into a spotlight like Lara Jean did? *shivers* Also – Can I just say how accurate her anxiety with driving is? xD
I loved Lara Jean’s character! Her shyness and hopeless romantic attitude was really relatable and in all, she just felt like a real high school girl. I saw a lot of myself in her and just reading things from her perspective made me really happy. Also, both in book and movie versions, I just really wanted all of her clothes and her room. That girl’s style is like one giant mood board to me. xD
Okay so I feel like I had to warm up to Peter a little at first but by the whole fake-relationship thing, the eye-rolling was over and I couldn’t help but love Peter. I liked that Peter wasn’t the guy you first thought he was but didn’t just completely lose his (sometimes egotistical) charm, A lot of his lines made me smile – what can I say? Peter was just really hard to hate. He was way more tender and sweet than I expected and I loved that side of him blossoming for Lara Jean
Josh was actually kind of the opposite! I loved him at first and completely shipped Lara Jean and him together but it didn’t take long for me to just get kiinda annoyed with his over-protectiveness. No matter who she was dating – she seemed to be doing just fine to me and I just kept wishing he’d go chase after margot some more. In all fairness, I totally see why the cute boy next door stole her heart at one time.
The Other Song Sisters
I thought the Song sisters and their tight-knit relationship was adorable! I’m an only child but this movie made me want siblings pretty bad. Kitty was super sweet – when she wasn’t being downright conniving – howeever, I felt like Margot could be kinda harsh sometimes. No wonder Lara Jean was so scared to be honest with her! If Lara Jean hadn’t been so concerned about living up to her sisters image/expectations because she was great on her own!
Book vs Movie Adapt
I actually think I liked both versions pretty equally! While the book had quite a bit more content (like always) the movie still took care to hit each important part that made the book so great and so that made me not mind as much! I also thought that the more annoying aspects of certain characters, like Josh’s over-protective nature, was dialed back in the movie and I appreciated that xD I also for some reason loved Chris way more in the movie – that Ugg insult in the first few minutes? YES! Overall, I enjoyed both equally and I think the movie was a really accurate portrayl. The cast was perfect and Lana Condor and Noah Centino so adorable! <3
I’m giving To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a 5/5!
Continuing with the baking analogy, sitting down to experience To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is like breathing in freshly baked cookies. It just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
While the book could be cheesy at times, that’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes we need those super sweet and sugary books, am i right? I personally loved reading it because Jenny Han really knew how to put a smile on my face with each turn of the page. I feel like sometimes the drama written into YA/teen books can be soo overdone or characters just act in way that make me go ‘wow well I know no one who would have done that.’ but in this case, I think Jenny Han did an awesome job creating a cast of characters that anyone could find themselves in and that’s something I adored about it!
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Well that’s the end of my review!
It’s safe to say that I’ll be buying the next two books ASAP! Have you read or watched To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments down below!
With that said, I’m heading to bed.
Goodnight Wanderers, have an awesome week <3