Sometimes giving an author a second chance can be the best decision that you make. You can’t always judge an author by one book. Just because I didn’t particularly enjoy her novel, Burn for Burn, didn’t necessarily mean that I wouldn’t enjoy other novels from her and when this novel was released, I had a high desire to read it.
First off, the idea of writing letters to the boys that break your heart… that’s brilliant. I absolutely love it. Even if you have no desire to ever send them out, the way Jenny Han or Lara Jean did. I think that’s incredible. It sounds… liberating and it was great to read the ones that Lara Jean sent out. You learn so much about her, and her family and her relationships, and the way she feels about love from these letters and I loved the incorporation of them into the story and how important they are to the relationships and friendships that Lara Jean creates throughout the novel.
Secondly, I really love the boys that are introduced in the novel, all of them. Without getting into too many spoilers, because I try to be as spoiler free as possible in my reviews. I really did not know who to root for in this book. You begin the novel rooting for one boy and then halfway through, you’re questioning it and rooting for someone else, and then crazy enough, you go back to boy number one. Then there are boys that are in the letters that Lara Jean simply becomes friends with and you can’t help but love those as well. Jenny Han creates such different boy characters but they’re all so great.
I also loved the character of Lara Jean. She’s so real and fun, and she wears Harry Potter costumes on Halloween and she just cracks me up. She’s so fun, and I love that about her. I love that when her letters get sent out to the boys, she just goes full force into recovering them and saving face. She’s weird and quirky, and I love everything about her.
Lastly, I love the dynamic between the three sisters. That was a huge part of the appeal of the story to me because that family relationship felt so real.
Basically, Jenny Han is awesome, and I’m super glad that I decided to read her again, after being less impress with Burn to Burn. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before had quirkiness and a memorable main character, a fun family dynamic and a ton of cute boys and kissing and it made for such a great book.