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


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’m about to say something I don’t say very often…I prefer the film. There really isn’t anything wrong with the book, but it doesn’t have that magical quality the films do. I find the films to be unbelievably cosy and they make me giddy with happiness, but the book was just ok. Sorry to any diehard fans of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books.

I had a ton of fun reading this and I actually got through the book very, very fast. The story is an absolute modern classic and Lara Jean and Peter will go down in history as one of my favourite couples, but the chemistry just isn’t there. I don’t know what was in the water when they made the films, but the actor’s chemistry was so completely off the charts considering what they had to work with. Obviously, there are moments that are super cute and I get why they like each other, but it wasn’t a kicking my feet kind of cuteness. 

I’m now feeling like I need to clarify that I do not think this is a bad book at all, I would probably like it more if I hadn’t seen the films. It’s a cute teen-friendly romcom, which to be honest teens need more clean romcoms. This does mention sex but there aren’t any actual graphic scenes other than a few kisses. 

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was a super fun, cute and quick read. I’ve wanted to read it for literal years now and I actually wish I had done so when I was a teen. I’m planning to continue the series as I love the story so much and I can’t wait to see how different they are from the films.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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