**I strive to avoid spoilers in my reviews but sometimes they can slip in without me realising. Please be warned that if you read the full review there may be small spoilers for the book. Thank you**
Well, I know I’m a little late to the party (only by 4 years) but following the hype of the Netflix movie (much deserved) I finally picked up To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before…. AND OH MY GOD.
Listen, I’m a sucker for romance (hello, I’m Amy, the biggest hopeless romantic on planet Earth!) and this one just sucked me right in.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a YA romance novel by Jenny Han. The book follows Lara Jean Song Covey who writes a letter to every boy she’s loved before (duh).
I really don’t want to give away much from the book, but know that even if you’ve seen the film, you can still very happily read the book and love it more! It’s pretty different from the movie, in a good way of course.
Lara Jean is the STAR of this show. She’s thoughtful, funny and very relatable. I think Jenny Han created such a stand out character in Lara Jean. There’s something very sweet and nostalgic about her which makes her the perfect heroine for a romance novel.
Peter Kavinsky… I mean that in itself is reason enough to read the book. But book Peter is multifaceted and interesting. He’s sweet and charming and I just adored him. I really liked that he wasn’t just a jock, he was a lot more than that and throughout the book, it’s nice to learn more about him.
I also loved the supporting characters. Lara Jean’s sisters, Margot and Kitty, are fun, especially Kitty who is a bit of a troublemaker. I loved the wholesome and loving family that Han displayed in the novel. So often YA has very dysfunctional families so I greatly appreciated that that wasn’t the case for this book.
And of course, I can’t review the book without a quick mention of the film. I adored the movie so much, I think it captured the book really well and they translated it from page to screen perfectly. I’m so pleased that this book has made such an impact on pop culture and I’m VERY happy to have been witness to Noah Centineo’s face, as I’m sure everyone else was (swoon!).
The whole series overall is awesome, although I felt like Peter could have been in book 3 a LOT more. I bloody love Lara Jean though so it’s OK.
I gave To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a very solid and romantic 5 stars out of 5. I think I gave the whole series 5 outta 5… I’m such a sucker for love.