Series Review: To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

Summary: 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.

Ratings:

To All The Boys I Loved Before: ★★★★★

PS I Still Love You: ★★★★☆

Always and Forever Lara Jean: ★★★★☆

Rep: biracial main character who’s Korean and white


Funny story, when I first heard about To All The Boys I Loved Before I thought it was something completely out of my taste. But since I wanted to support the movie when it comes out, I decided to give it a chance. And I absolutely loved it.

What I didn’t know going into this book was that family is a huge aspect. I’d argue it’s almost a bigger part to the series than the romance. Lara Jean is the middle child with two sisters, and she only has her dad as her mother died. She’s really close with her family and they’re an important part of her overall character. Her Korean culture also plays a big part, especially since her mother was Korean and her white dad wants it to still be a big part of her and her sisters’ lives. I loved seeing that and how her culture was a big part of her life.

I loved Lara Jean too. She felt like a real person and had her own flaws, but was also a good person. That was a thing that appeared a lot, none of the characters that weren’t antagonists were perfect. They had flaws and made mistakes and apologised if they were in the wrong, even if they were stubborn at first. The characters felt complex because of that and I loved that factor of the book.

I especially loved the romance. Lara Jean’s love interest is a character I love. He was also a really flawed but well meaning character. I loved seeing him and Lara Jean go through everything throughout the series and figure out different obstacles. It felt really real and that made their relationship even better. Them being together in the end made sense for them and you believed they were right for each other.

This was a great series overall and one that will definitely stick with me.

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