Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once?
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.
©2014 Jenny Han (P)2014 Recorded Books
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I binge read this in 24 hours and have no regrets! While the story was kind of slow early on, Lara Jean's struggle is something many teenage girls go through--crushes, family struggle, the nature of girl cattiness, and learning to live outside your comfort zone. It was nostalgic to read this book because I, too, remember writing letters I'd never send to boys who I had crushes on in high school.
The biggest criticism I have for this book, though, is that I don't think it really had much of a plot. I mean, yes it was a story of her life, but I do not feel like the letters really had that much significance in the actual plot, which is what the story was supposed to be about, right? The book was more about how her letters caused her double epic love triangles and her sisters than the letters themselves. it didnt bother me, though, because it was kind of nice to read a book with a character that cared more about other things than just throwing her life away for a boy she met within 24 hours.
The book made me laugh and smirk to myself many times, as the characters came alive. they all have personalities that could easily be compared to someone I know. I think the Laura Knight Keating did a great job performing this, aiding to creating life to these characters.
I loved this book and am excited to jump into the next book in the duology
"cute, contemporary, young adult, romantic & funny!"
I am in my 30's but I totally would recommend this book to people who liked YA fiction.
I love the characters!
I like how the protagonist, Lara Jean, is just a plain, nice girl. Her mom passed away but the author doesnt rehash it over and over. Lara has a bossy older sister who had to become "mom" too soon and a spunky younger sister who goes by kitty. Her whole family loves each other; they're not mean to one another like what you see on a lot of popular tv shows these days.
The guys in Lara Jean's life are also pretty colorful! Peter K and his ex Genevieve were practically "an institution at the institution" of their high school. Did you know, Peter also plays lacrosse? And Lara's sister's ex boyfriend Josh (who also lives next door to Lara Jean) is a super sweet, adorkable guy. He's so easy to root for!
I also found the book comparatively funny to most YA fiction I've recently read. Seems to be a trend of dystopian/doom and gloom so it's nice to read something lighter every now and then!
The estate sale.
Kitty, the little sister.
Lara Jean's inner thoughts.
Lara's 'boyfriend' to Lara Jean: "You hate cussing. You like to bake. You stay at home on Friday nights. Wow, I'm dating my granny. Gross."
I have never listened to LKK's other performances but I REALLY this audiobook. I've maybe listened to 3 or so audiobooks and this one, by far, has been the best listen. I thought it was silly when I heard this book had a "director" but, I mean, maybe it was worth it because I wasnt "blanking out" or having to really concentrate on listening bc I found the performance pretty easy to listen to.
I was smiling the whole time during this book. It's so fun.
If you're "scared" of boys and/or tend to dote on guys way out of your league (or celebrities), add this book to your device, NOW!
I really liked this book. I liked it a lot. I thought it started out a little slow, but once it got going, I couldn't stop listening. But the end....the end!!!!! I can not believe it stopped where and how it did!!! I am just a little disappointed with that part. All in all though, I really enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to friends!
I would to those that LOVE YA Contemporary. But for those of us that like a little more depth and less fluff, I would say skip it.
This was the first book of hers that I read, but I own a few. This was too fluffy for my taste, so maybe.
No, but I adored her!
"A YA for Rom-Com fans"
Jenny Han’s latest book hits just the right notes for summer reading. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is funny, touching, romantic and fast-paced and the perfect contemporary YA choice for your beach bag. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Lara Jean’s story as she navigates her way through love, friendship and family drama.
The scoop on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is that Lara Jean is the quiet middle child – overshadowed by perfect know-it-all Margot and precocious younger sister Kitty. Lara Jean is kind of the Jan Brady of the group. The three Song girls lost their mother at a young age, and Margot takes on a mothering type role for the family. When Margot leaves for college, she also breaks it off with boy next-door Josh, someone who happens to be a secret letter recipient. Awkward! With Margot now off in Scotland, Lara Jean has to step up and help her dad by taking on some more responsibility. But first she has to deal with the repercussions of her secret letters that are now no longer a secret!
The delivery of the secret letters puts Lara Jean’s life in an uproar. Sweet family friend Josh is obviously confused to receive a love note from his ex-girlfriend’s sister (even though Josh and Lara Jean kinda liked each other first.) Then, popular, handsome, charismatic Peter Kavinsky receives his letter and that changes the game altogether. Perhaps they can help each other make their objects of affection jealous by staging a fake romance? (Lara Jean still has a crush on Josh and Peter is not quite over his ex) Sounds like a perfect scenario right- what could go wrong?!
Lara Jean has to gain confidence and put herself out there for the first time- no more hiding behind secret letters or her sister Margot. She’s a little shy and awkward which makes her more endearing. But going through these new challenges could give her just the confidence boost she needs.
To all The Boys is a love letter to sisters as well as to first crushes. The sisters are so close since losing their mom and honor her by keeping family traditions alive. The girls are half Korean and their dad makes sure to include Korean meals as one of the ways to remember their mom. Lara Jean’s cultural observations were also insightful.
Narrator Laura Knight Keating is a good fit for this audiobook, and brings out the humor in the story. She sounds age appropriate and differentiates all the characters. Her pacing is good and overall I think she did a solid job overall and I’d listen to her again in the sequel. The audiobook is a Whispersync for Kindle title and it’s quite affordable if you own the kindle edition.
Listen to To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before if you like: Contemporary YA, Anna and the French Kiss, The Summer I Turned Pretty series, and romantic comedies.
"It was deep"
I loved how the reader put emotion into the story and brought it to life.
I really loved it!
"I love this series!"
What a great book! You will laugh, you will cry, you will smile for no reason. A great book for teens struggling to discover themselves, and the moms (or aunts) that love a good story.
Not a lot of drama, but what a good read.
And the narrator was fantastic. She played the part of a clueless 16 year old perfectly!
"Enjoyable and fun"
Great tween novel, narrator was easy to listen to. already download book 2 and can't wait to srart it.
"A funny and enjoyable High School Romance"
Yes. Lara Jean is a quirky funny and intelligent girl who falls into her dream romance with her dream boy. How it happens and plays out is just a good story with believable and fun characters. I felt the story was about real people. It wasn't like so meany YA novels where a character is all good or bad. Lazy writers use characters that are all good and all bad. Jenny Han doesn't and her characters are people I knew in high school.Figuratively of course.
The author's burn series. For the same reason stated above. The characters were real but interesting and fun.
She is excellent for this type of book. Her narration was perfect in my opinion.
Yes if I had the time.
Other YA writers should learn from Jenny Han how to write believable but interesting characters.
"I liked it but..."
I hate the ending! Still left me with a lot of questions.... I hope there is a part 2 in this!
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