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Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)

  • Original Title: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Edition: Paperback, 420 pages
  • Published: August 7, 2014 by Scholastic
  • Characters: Lara Jean Song, Katherine “Kitty” Song, Margot Song, Peter Kavinsky, Josh Sanderson
  • Rating: 2/5

Synopsis: Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say 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…

I think the story lacked any type of depth or character development. Did Lara Jean really grow? How many times did she come to some revelation just to backtrack again? And I can’t say that I liked any of the characters. They were all just a little too immature, even for 15-16 year olds, if they have any personality at all. Almost everyone except the main 3 characters, the ever present love triangle which includes Peter and Josh, are literally plot devices. Especially Margot and Genevieve. Infuriating. The story is super predictable; you know exactly which  boy she’s going to end up with and who sent the letters and why, which would be okay if it were an emotional rollercoaster or anything to get there. Nothing ever happens that makes me shocked or sad or angry or happy. It just exists. Still, I will read the next book. Mainly because I already bought it, but also now that I know what to expect I might even enjoy it more because I know this is a book I should read when I just want something that is super fluffy and mind-numbing, like watching a Disney Channel sitcom.

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