To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Lara Jean has never openly admitted her crushes. Instead, she 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2014.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442426726
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (355 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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haileyrose13
Mar 25, 2021

I’m sure we have all heard of the Netflix film “To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. Well the book has a lot more to it then what you see in the movie. This book is about a girl named Lara Jean who writes five love letters to all the boys she’s basically had feelings for or “loved”. She never sends these letters out, they just help her cope with her emotions, until one day all of the letters get mailed. She is suddenly confronted by all of the boys she has written these letters to, all her former crushes: her first kiss, her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and someone from camp, which gets sent back due to it being the camp’s address. As Lara Jean learns to deal with all the emotions coming back and hiding the truth from her older sister, she realizes something good may come out of this. I really enjoyed the humor that was behind the book. The book captured how many would feel if this happened to you. If you enjoy humor, betrayal, and character development, this book is for you.
Age: 12+

Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

5/5

This book follows Lara Jean Song Covey, a teenager full of secrets and crushes. Lara Jean loves love. Or at least she loves the idea of love. When it’s real it becomes a little too much for her. That’s why Lara Jean writes her letters. Lara Jean writes letters to her crushes when she begins to fall for them. These letters are kept in a small hatbox hidden in her room. None of the boys are ever meant to see these letters. When Lara Jean wakes up one day her letters are gone. When she realizes someone sent them out, she begins to panic. The boys will know everything she thought about them. When she arrives at school, she is confronted by her two crushes from years ago and her best friend.

I thought that this book was amazing! It portrayed many dysfunctional characters and lifestyles. This book does not talk down to anyone and represents and understands all. This book is motivational, emotional, comedic, romantic, and dramatic. It is the perfect mix. The characters of Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean Covey (the two main characters) are amazingly and beautifully written.

I would most definitely recommend this book. It is moving and filled with beautiful themes and messages. There is some mature language in this book so I believe it would be appropriate for a reader of 13 years or older.

The Lara Jean Series by Jenny Han also contains 2 other books; Always And Forever, Lara Jean, and P.S. I Still Love You. The whole series is written amazingly with such great character growth and overall development.

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cort_66
Mar 20, 2021

This was a cute quick read.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Feb 03, 2021

To All The Boys I've Loved Before is one of my most favorite books. It is the classic rom-com teen/young adult romance book but, it has the perfect twist to it that makes it so creative and unique. Jenny Han is an incredible author, I have read most of her books and loved them all. To All The Boys I've Loved Before is about a girl (Lara Jean) who wrote love letters to all her crushes but never sent them, then one day the letters get sent, and it changes everything. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good teen romance book. I would recommend this for ages 12+. I had so much fun reading this book and loved it. I hope you do too. 5/5
@goodies06 of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The main character, Lara Jean, is a relatable, quirky teenage girl. Throughout the story, she has to figure out who she is and what she wants, and learn how to deal with a fair amount of drama. It’s easy to get lost in the pages, but hard to put down. I love that I can see myself in Lara Jean and understand where she’s coming from. I couldn’t help but feel embarrassed, excited, and heartbroken for her, like I was the one in her situation. I would recommend this book to other teens who are figuring things out or simply just love a good rom-com. I only wish the ending didn’t leave readers in such suspense! I can’t wait to check out the sequel. 5 stars
@ThePageDweller of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

This romantic comedy is the first of three books in its series. It is personally my favourite out of the three and the movie is amazing as well. It is about Lara Jean, a girl who likes to imagine love rather than experience it. She pours her heart out into love letters that are addressed to all the boys she’s ever loved. The letters were only meant for her to see but one day, Lara Jean realizes that they had been mailed out. Soon, imaginary turns into real life. This is such an adorable book and I love how close of a bond Lara Jean has with her sisters. I recommend this book to everyone! 5/5
@butterflyreads of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Dec 05, 2020

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before follows Lara Jean Covey in her grade 10 school year. Missing her older sister who’s left for college, dealing with mean people and navigating past crushes as they suddenly reappear into her life are just some of Lara Jean's adventures. I would give this book five stars. I love the confusion and awkwardness of some scenes. The love triangles and relationships are really entertaining and funny. During the book, you wonder what’s going to happen next and how it will resolve. I also found this book very relatable, which was emphasized by some of the small details and descriptions. This book felt very comfortable to read, almost like reading a diary. It was also very diverse and included people from the LGBTQ+ community, which is always nice to see. I think this book is perfect for anyone in high school/college but really would be entertaining for anybody who likes romance and comedy. The message of this book is to live your life to the fullest, and make your dreams happen. People can surprise you, and it’s important to keep an open mind. I agree with this message and would highly recommend this book!
@honeybunny of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is an amazing novel. It allows thrill and romance to coexist almost perfectly. When the first wave hits Cassie has no idea what or who she has in front of her. This book will make you feel it all from happy and excited to devastated and scared. It will remind you of every challenge you’ve faced throughout life or put future ones into perspective. This book really brings forward how we need to hold onto our humanity even in the darkest of times. This romantic thriller is perfect for a teen reader’s next good book. 5/5
@ve_teenreview of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

This book is romantic and dreamy. Why can't everyone have a fake boyfriend as hot as Peter?

InnisfilTeenReads Oct 28, 2020

Lara Jean has had 5 total crushes in her life and they were so intense that she wrote letters to each of them and tucked them away in her hatbox, never to be read. Until one day her letters mysteriously got mailed. Her sister’s ex (who also happens to be their next door neighbour), Josh got one of the letters. In order to convince him that she doesn’t like him any more she pretends to date cute and popular Peter Kavinsky. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is an easy read and is for anyone who likes a cute high school romance. I honestly didn’t think I would like it but it’s really not that bad! The book was a bit cheesy but that’s what I expected. There were definitely some awkward moments (one particular kissing scene comes to mind) that weren’t necessary to the plot, but I liked that Lara Jean was quirky and different than your typical high school romance protagonist. Overall I think it’s a good book and is definitely worth the read! - Madelyn

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1Love2learn
Aug 03, 2020

I didn't think I would enjoy this as much as I did. A glimpse into a teenage girl's mind as she traverses through typical social issues around friendship and romance. I liked the hatbox idea. Easily predictable though.

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reshmitham
Jul 30, 2020

Lara Jean is a sixteen-year-old who crushes on people hard. Her crushes are so strong that she needs to write a letter that explains how much they mean to them. But, make no mistake, she never mails them. She writes these letters to get over her crush, and before the said crushes even realize it, she’s fallen out of love with them. But now, her secret letters have been mailed by her sister, Kitty, and she’s completely mortified. The recipients don’t make it any better, with one being her sister’s ex-boyfriend and one being Peter Kravinsky, the most popular boy in school. Now, Lara Jean has to change her perspective on family and relationships, and understand that sometimes reaching out of your comfort zone is good for you.
One thing I liked about this book was that it’s so cute. The incidents that happen between Lara and Peter are kinda one of the only things that I liked about it.
Some things I didn’t like in this book was that it was so dramatic. Like every little thing that happened was magnified to such a big level. I know high school is filled with drama, but at times this drama just seemed childish. I also didn’t really like Lara Jean. I saw no character development within her throughout the book, and that really disappointed me.
If you’re looking for a quick romantic read that will give you the feels, I would for sure recommend this book.

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TheRedJewel
Jul 26, 2020

I like the movie more but this was a REALLY good book!!! Definitely recommend for anyone who likes romance, humor, and drama.

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reshmitham
Jul 30, 2020

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elisabeth_23
Apr 14, 2020

elisabeth_23 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Oct 18, 2019

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Jul 18, 2019

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chloe_mok
Jan 05, 2019

chloe_mok thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 20

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Jan 04, 2019

blue_monkey_7464 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 26

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Josh, you break my heart. And you're a liar. Because you know me, you know me better than almost anybody, and you don't love me.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“When I write, I hold nothing back. I write like he'll never read it. Because he never will. Every secret thought, every careful observation, everything I've saved up inside me, I put it all in the letter. When I'm done, I seal it, I address it, and then I put it in my teal hatbox.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I delete the picture of him from my phone; I delete his number. I think that if I just delete him enough, it will be like none of it ever happened and my heart won't hurt so badly”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“It's not like in the movies. It's better, because it's real.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Life doesn't have to be so planned. Just roll with it and let it happen.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“You'd rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”
― Jenny Han, To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“Smirking, he says, 'Whatever spell you just tried to cast on me, it didn't work, so I think you need to go back to Hogwarts.'”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“I want to say yes, but I don't want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody else's first choice”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“I didn't fall for you, you tripped me!”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”

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jasmincarrera
Feb 28, 2019

This book is about a junior in high school named Lara Jean. Lara Jean keeps love letters to all the boys that she has loved before as a way to get over them. Lara Jean writes these letters as a way to pour out all of her emotions and a way to get closure from them. She even addresses them, but never actually sends them. As fate would have it, one day all five love letters are mysteriously sent out, even the one to Josh, her sisters ex boyfriend. Soon after this event, Lara Jean's love life, as well as social life, goes from imaginary to spiraling out of control. Throughout the book, Lara Jean struggles to learn to express her true emotions and learn that it's okay to be a little selfish and take risks. In the end, Lara Jean finds herself and maybe even some love.

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trin0707
Jun 29, 2016

For every boy Lara Jean has loved she writes him a letter and puts it in her hat box where they are a secret from the world. But now they aren't. When all five letters are mailed out, Lara Jean is forced to control a love life that never existed till now.

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Lidiaruiz
Oct 20, 2015

I would recommend this book to people who like romance. This book is about a girl who has wrote a letter to each boy she has ever loved. There's five letters in total. But when her letters mysteriously disappear and are sent to the guys, her life turns around. While trying to keep face with her sister's ex-boyfriend, she partners up with Peter Kevinsky. In the process of faking a relationship with him, they both fall in love. But Lara Jean will have to go through a hard time dealing with Genevieve, Peter's ex-girlfriend. Can their love survive the challenges? Find out for yourself :)

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bellacrysler
Jun 27, 2014

16 year old Lara Jean has been in love 5 times. Every time she wants to say good bye to a boy and stop loving them, she writes them love letters, seals them, addresses them, and then tucks them away in a hat box given to her my her late mother. The letters are her own little secret until one day in the spring when she returns homes to find them all sent. One by one she faces "all the boys she's loved before" only to find that who she thinks she's loved the most all along may not be the one for her, and the least expected boy from the group of 5, might just be the one.

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readingfairy
Oct 05, 2018

Coarse Language: The F-word is used twice.

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