“Life doesn’t have to be so planned. Just roll with it and let it happen.”
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
This book was way overhyped. I was expecting a lot more umph from it than I received. Am I becoming too snobbish or was it really that “meh”?
In essence, it was pretty generic. Nothing spectacular that I’ve never seen before in a YA contemporary, romance. Also known as, b-o-r-i-n-g.
The writing was very blah. I don’t think there was one memorable line in the book. Oh wait, I do remember something. The protagonist put a ‘y’ behind everyone’s name. That was annoying to no end. And better yet, what 16-year-old girl calls their mom and dad, mommy and daddy? That seems a little unrealistic and childish. A funny thing to irk me, but made Lara Jean more naive and childish than innocent (as I’m assuming Han was going for). Not that I have anything wrong with innocence, but it’s hard to believe how sheltered one girl could be. For example, she literally cried when her car broke down or something of the sort. Maybe I am being too harsh in my cynical ways, but she was too babyish. However, her character development from stupid innocence to a little more practical was the only redeeming quality for this character.
Even though with all these unappealing aspects, the book did keep me somewhat entertained. I liked the family layer of the plot, and I can understand Lara Jean’s feelings about the uncertainty and pressure of growing up. Also, cheers to the diverse protagonist.
In the future, I might read the next book only to see what happens with her love story.