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10/26/20

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

Genre: Contemporary, romance  

POV: 1st person 

Series: To All the Boys I Love Before book one

Age: Teen 

Format: Audio

Summary: 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.

Review: As much as I don't read popular YA contemporary (keyword popular), this is pretty good. I like all the characters and how they all stand out. The way Lara Jean has a strong bond with her sisters feels natural. It stands out in a way that I who have two brothers can understand what it could be like to have sisters.

I have seen part of the movie and from what I know it looks like the movie focuses more on the letters. Instead, the book focuses on Lara Jean and Peter have this "fake" relationship even those they are so into each other and yet don't want to acknowledge it. I don't see this as a love triangle, more as a drama with Lara Jean making up this relationship with Peter and then having feelings for Josh later on. Go to show how ridiculous it is to say you hate love triangles when they're hardly any in new YA books, to begin with.

They're not really anything I dislike about this book. Whatever I find comes off as nick picky. I can say this is a silly high school romance drama that I don't care about. Romance is not really a genre I offend go for. To All the Boys I Love Before does a great job making the care you about these characters and I like how the narrator sound from the audio.

I would like to point out the setting is in Virginia. Charlottesville and Richmond are mentions as well as the Edger Allen Poe museum which I have actually been to for a writer's conference +1 for that. The state of Virginia is not offended use for a setting in contemporary books. Usually, it's historical fiction or horror especially in the mountain regain. I get the historical fic but, what with the Blue Ridge mountains being creepy. Honestly, if you want a creepy horror setting go to West Virginia. I was driving through West Virginia once and it all curvy mountain roads and thick fog. The horror of driving through all that.

Points:

Characters: 5/5

Plot: 4/5

Audio: 5/5

Total: 15/20

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