Book Review: To all the Boys I loved before

This is a rambly one, so lets just... :

To all the Boys I loved before

Author: Jenny Han
Language: English
Type of book: Paperback 
Pages:  353
Overall rating: 3 out of 5
Book series: yes, #1 from the duology
Book received through: Library 
Summary on the book:
"This 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 the letters after all."

Favorite thing/moment in the book: I don't have a favorite moment for this one.

Worth reading? 
If you love Cute Contemporary novels, yes. If you want something cute and fast, yes. 
I honestly don't think that it is a necessary read for anyone that doesn't really love Contemporary romance books because it is nothing special at all. 
But give it a try and see for yourself. This might be the one contemporary read that you fall in love with! who knows until you try? 
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Full review: 

First thought after finishing the book:Cute book, easy read, stupid ending!

I personally do not really see what so many people love in and with this book. 

At least not at the hyped up level this book is on the Booktube world and most blogs i saw this book on. 

Its a cute romance, don't get me wrong, i am not unhappy about having read it, i just did not find this book had anything special about it and that is what i always look for in hyped up books. And this book did not have that.

For me this book just felt very young -younger then the typical YA romance novel- more like a middle grade read, targeted towards the 10 to 12 year olds and not for the 16 and up age group this book is targeted towards. 

i think that was mostly because of the very, extremely easy writing style and the very easy and breezy storyline itself. There was nothing deep in this book. Which is not necessary a bad thing, just something that i think could have been included in this book without problems and made it more enjoyable for me personally. 

Especially the theme of having the oldest sister leave the house and how the father and two other daughter dealt with that could have been talked about more. I would have loved to read a chapter where just that was the topic, of trying to find a new rhythm before the drama with the letters started. 

And since i am already on the topic of sisters: 
I heard so many people talk about the fantastic friendship sister relationship that happens in this book, especially between the two youngest sisters since the oldest its off to college. 

Where were those moments? Can someone please point them out? Because most of the time the two youngest sisters -or any of the sisters really- where together for a few sentences one of them got insulted or tried to get back into good graces of the other sister. There was no nice friendship, but rather one sister that was demanding and the other that had to do or get shunned. 

The romance parts of this book felt also a bit forced and not in any way real or like something that could actually happen. But maybe that is just my very realistic and unromantic few of life. Who knows?

But i just found it rather strange that a boy that had nothing to do with Lara Jean for years all of a sudden is more then willing to help her simply because. It would be fantastic if something that would really happen, but realistically that just is a bit far fetched for me. 

What i did enjoy about this book was the mixture of family dynamics represented here. There was the one parent home -either with only the dad or the mom with the children and nobody pointed that out constantly or talked overly much about where the other parent was. It was just the situation, and it was dealt with as best as the family could. I loved that. I also liked that it was not just that, but the overall family topic of having a dead parent or divorce parents, or even those that are constantly fighting was just something that happened. People die, people get divorced, people fight. It gets mentioned and you move on. No drama made out of it. Han did a fantastic job with that because that is actual real live and something that i think should be mentioned more in especially YA books, to show that no matter what your family life is like, that is normal and that is fine. 

I enjoyed the relationship between the dad and three girls (Lara Jean and her sisters). He did his best, and the girls accepted that they had to chip in and work for specific things because that was just how it was without their mom around. 

It was just very refreezing to read a real life parenting situation where the children did not hate their parents or the parents were unrealistically portrait. 

I loved the real life aspects of being a half-asian girl in a "white" world, especially where Han descriptor the difficulties of trying to find a costume on Halloween where people would not just assume that you are a Manga character simply because you have Asian features. 
Or how the father tries to help his daughters stay connected to the Asian family side of their heritage after the mother died by cooking that kind of food or "forcing" them into play dates with other Asian children to try and help them see that they are not alone. 

It was just another one of those parts of the story that felt very real and realistic and honest. It was not something that Han talked about in an extreme way, or pointed out constantly. She just pointed it out, that not being white in a part of the world where most people are, it can not be the easiest growing up. Han more or less stated it as a fact, that if you are not white some things are just a bit more difficult and that is just how it is. And the people that live with that, deal with that. No drama, no overdone scene just pointed out and moving on. 

Oh .... and the "mystery part" of who mailed the letters? Who did that was clear the second it happened and no secret or mystery at all. Why Lara Jean did not put that together is the mystery. But that is okay. This is not that kind of book, so that is fine. 

So overall?

Cute book!
Some parts were done wonderfully, other parts felt a bit flat and forced for me. 
The characters were good overall the storyline cute, the book in completion okay. 
The ending was open and i hate those but okay, what can you do as a reader?

If you are looking for a fast, easy and cute book to read and don't mind a bit of a younger audience writing style you will most likely enjoy this book, so give it a try :)


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