“I wonder what it’s like to have that much power over a boy. I don’t think I’d want it; it’s a lot of responsibility to hold a person’s heart in your hands.”
Fiction – Young Adult
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.
If you’re a part of #bookstagram, or the book community at all, there is a good chance you’ve heard about these books numerous times. After a Netflix original of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was released in August this year, the craze really took over! I could hardly go on social media without seeing something about Peter Kavinsky!
Well, I finally jumped on the bandwagon, and it turns out that the craze is justified! I read the three books in this series over the span of a week while on a cruise in the Caribbean. They were such a perfect vacation read—light, fun, and easy!
Lara Jean is such a delightfully refreshing and likable character. The story of her high school experience brought me right back to my own days in high school. Those times when nothing else mattered except your friends and that guy you were crushing on. Everything seemed like the end of the world, even though it was far from being the truth.
These books are full of different relationship dynamics that are super relatable. The relationship between sisters, dad/daughter, boyfriend/girlfriend, and more. One thing I love about this series is that where one book leaves off, the other picks up. I was so excited to continue following Lara Jean’s journey as she begins her senior year (P.S. I Still Love You) and then as she graduates from high school (Always and Forever, Lara Jean).
Now if you’re going into these books with the expectation that they are going to be deep, meaningful and mature, you will likely be sorely disappointed. However, if you can go in knowing that this is a fun series aimed at young adults, I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how you fly through the pages and want to keep reading.
Additionally, I watched the Netflix movie after finishing all three books and found it to be quite sweet and well done. As with most movies, a good amount of content had to be squished into a small time frame, which left me wishing it would have gone more in depth. I do think they did a great job with casting! I mean, did you see how adorable Peter Kavinsky is?! But I enjoyed the books so much more because of how much better I was able to get to know the characters and their stories.
I would highly recommend both the movie and the books!