*Won this in a Goodreads giveaway. There's an honest review below.*
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.
I fell in love with the title of this book. I thought it could be a good concept. A girl writing letters to all the guys she has loved and then dealing with the consequences. Sounds good, right? Yeah this didn't really measure up.
Lara Jean (hate that name!) is a whiny high school student who wrote letters to crushes in middle school and then one day finds out they've been sent out. These letters aren't even anything to be embarrassed about, but she is in high school so it was a big deal to her. Five letters are sent out and only two guys really care. One of the guys was her first kiss and the other is her older sister's boyfriend. *yawn*
I have to spend a few minutes talking about Lara Jean. This girl bugged me. She was one of the most immature female characters I have ever read about. Her nine year old sister was smarter than her. Kitty should have been twelve or thirteen instead of nine because her maturity level was so much higher than her sister's. Yes Lara Jean was inexperienced, but that wasn't even the problem. Her fear of driving didn't bother me either (I'm 26 and fear driving myself). I think it was just her personality that bugged me. Her Lara Jean-ness.
I don't really recommend this book. If you want a book about love and self discovery than read 13 Little Blue Envelops by Maureen Johnson or Just One Day by Gayle Foreman. I say skip this one.
This book comes out April 15th, 2014.