To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Book - 2014
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Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them...all at once?

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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781442426702
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Han
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 22 cm

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khood91
Oct 18, 2019

Oh how I loved the movie and now love the book even more ! I’m glad the two are VERY different yet both set up for the next to come. However the book is much better as you get to understand Lara Jean far more and why she has done what she has done. It’s wonderful to see her grow as a person.

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penelopegomez
Sep 04, 2019

So I must confess I watched the Netflix original way before reading this book. Although the movie ends a little differently than the book, I was not disappointed because it is still setting it up for the next book! Hopefully when I read the next book all my Peter questions will be answered. I really liked this book. After watching the movie I really thought it was just going to be just another sappy romance novel, but it was about so much more. Jenny Han really nailed it when it came to writing about sisterly bonds and being a bratty little sister myself I probably would have mailed the letters too... I mean what else are little sisters for?

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Wisteriapaintbrush
Aug 28, 2019

I LOVE this book! The characters are sweet and the story is different...I couldn't put it down! I love how relatable Lara Jean is to me and how some if not all, the characters in the book replace real-life people in my life. A perfect summer read! I will definitely be reading this again!

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Sophie7424
Aug 18, 2019

I loved To All the Boys I've loved Before. I liked the connection between Lara Jean and her family. The main character in this book is Lara Jean. Her background is Asian so by reading this book I learned a little bit more about the Asian culture. For example, before reading this book I didn't know that some Asian people feel like they have minimal options for Halloween costumes, as Lara mentions on page 225 "there are very limited options for Asian girls on Halloween." "People just ask me if I am a manga character." That was interesting to know. I also learned about the unique food that the Asian culture has like rice balls. I very much enjoyed reading this lovely book and getting to learn about the Korean culture from Lara Jeans perspective. Over all this book is spectacular.

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jonathan1972
Aug 01, 2019

This book was brilliant. The romance between Lara Jean and Peter is super interesting and the connection Lara Jean has with her sisters is so sweet. I really liked reading this book, even though it's my second time reading the series.

vm510 Jul 29, 2019

Lara Jean is a flawed character, but relatable at the same time. This is a story with romance that is ultimately about the bond of sisters.

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CoralJohnson
Jul 29, 2019

This book is a great book. It is about how laura jean copes with her life after her sister sends off all her love letters. It is one of a kind book with a very close family that loves eachother. I loved the whole series.

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LaurDiy6
Jul 29, 2019

ahhh i loved this book so much. i loved how lara jean and her sisters have such a amazing realaships. peter and lara jean make such a great couple and their love story definetly stand out

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bezoarbezoarbezoar
Jul 18, 2019

Okay the biggest thing is that Lara Jean is a mess and I am HERE FOR IT. The downside of this book is that it very much is the kind of story where you want to shake the characters and yell "just talk to each other!! communicate!!!!" because it feels like a majority of the conflict/plot could have been resolved if people had conversations and were honest about their feelings.

I loved the slice-of-life parts of this story - the descriptions of family life, cooking, and Lara Jean's hobbies made for a main character that felt like someone I could be friends with. I found myself so irritated with the girls' father, though - expecting your daughters to manage all the household tasks and the brunt of the cooking/cleaning/errands/etc is not ok. (Though I suppose this is my perspective as an adult reader of YA showing through here...)

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chenrong
Jul 10, 2019

I loved this book so much! It was super unique and cool, and one of my favorite romance series by far. Some of my favorite characters were, Peter, Laura Jean, and of course, Kitty. After reading the book, I was dying to watch the movie, but surprisingly after I read the book, the movie seemed kinda lame to me, but it was still pretty good.

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Jan 05, 2019

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Aug 30, 2016

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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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justmae
Jul 19, 2014

"This is our life; there’s no use in asking what if. No one could ever give you the answers. I try, I really do, but it’s hard for me to accept this way of thinking. I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken."

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rachelsp
May 14, 2014

“Margot would say she belongs to herself. Kitty would say she belongs to no one. And I guess I would say I belong to my sisters and my dad, but that won’t always be true. To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted. To really be somebody’s, and to have them be mine.”

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rachelsp
May 14, 2014

“When someone's been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit. That's why you can't save it all up like that.

Because by the time you finally see each other, you're catching up only on the big things, because it's too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.”

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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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