Published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster
5 out of 5 stars
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says 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.
This was a re read, I read this book last year and loved every minute of it, and when I started my re read, I remembered why! Lara Jean Song is one of my favourite fictional characters, not only because I relate to her a lot, but because she develops so much as the story goes along! Her and Margot and Kitty, and their father, are one of my favourite fictional families! I love their interactions, from their banter to just their undying love for one another! This book makes me feel like I’m part of their family, honestly! I could picture all their facial expressions and I was reading their lines in the specific tones that I felt like they were talking in! I love their undying love for their mother and her memory; the flashbacks to what happened that day were even more feely than I remember! From the first page, I was feeling all the emotions! This book makes me so fuzzy inside and that’s just one reason of many that it’s one of my favourites!
There’s not even one character I don’t like! Even whilst I wanted to be angry at Genevive, I couldn’t be, because of a confession she makes near the end of the book! And at times Peter was a bit douchy, but I really like him! Whilst cocky, he’s cute and vulnerable too, and he really cares deep down! I really like Josh too, but it’s always been Peter and Lara Jean for me. From the start, their interactions made me laugh and feely. The angst, too! I need more of them in books 2 and 3!
Margot is a character I really admire, she puts on this armor to not show her vulnerability and emotions at being the eldest sister, but deep down I, as well as Lara Jean and Kitty, know how much she cares for her family! The sibling bond between the three Song girls is one of my favourite things to read about; I can’t get enough of them, and love seeing them all interact together! Usually I would break up a book series that I’m loving but I want to start book 2 later! I want all the Lara Jean info! I need to know what happens with her and Peter! My heart!!
Lara Jean is definitley a character I relate to, rather than go out, for most part, she’ll sit at home and chill with her family, or spend time on her scrapbook. More so, I loved how she initially thought she’d spend the ski trip that the class was going on, curled up by the fireplace, reading and drinking hot chocolate. Ahh, heaven. Of course, it’s up to you, fellow book dragons, to decide to read this wonderful book; but I know I couldn’t recommend it enough.
I shall leave you with a yummy quote regarding Lara Jean’s favourite food, yet another reason why I adore her:
“My favourite food is cake.”
“What kind of cake?’
“It doesn’t matter. All cake.”
“You just gave me so much shit for not picking,” he begins
“But it’s so hard to pick one kind!” I burst out, “I mean, there’s coconut cake, the kind with white frosting that looks like a snowball – I like that a lot. But then I also like cheesecake and lemon cake, and carrot cake. Also red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake with chocolate ganache frosting.”
– Lara Jean Song, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”.
Until next time, Happy Reading 📚