Friday, February 21, 2014

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

To All the Boys I've Loved BeforeTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

First of all thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for holding a giveaway in which I received an ARC!

3.5 stars?

This book is in the point-of-view of high school junior, Lara Jean. She's half-Korean (which was really cool to read) and her mother died when she was young. She lives with her dad, Margot (her older sister), and Kitty/Katherine (her younger sister). At the beginning of the book you find out that Margot is moving away to Scotland for college and has just broken up with Josh, the sister's long-time friend and neighbor. Things happen, you learn more things, and then Lara-Jean's five letters go missing. When Lara Jean falls in love with a boy she writes a love letter to them expressing all her feelings and put its it away to never be seen again. She does this because afterwards, she doesn't feel the same about them anymore. As it turns out, the letters have been mailed out to the five boys - one of them includes Josh.

I really enjoyed reading this book and there were two points where I just couldn't put it down; I love that in a book!
But I did have some trouble with it. I was in the same grade as the main character last year, but I couldn't relate to her. The story itself is unrealistic for a contemporary and while I had fun reading, I couldn't seem to emerge myself. The only thing that really held me in was to see if the relationship I was shipping would work out. (view spoiler) And... um... character development? Where was it?... The conclusion? Is it not there cause it was an ARC? Are all of Jenny Han's books this open ended?

HOWEVER after perusing through this book on Goodreads, I found out that it is book one of a duology. In this case, I will probably read the second because there is so much room for other things to happen here.
And although I just kinda bashed this book, I'm happy to say that I'd recommend it to someone looking for a contemporary with minor drama.</["br"]></["br"]></["br"]></["br"]></["br"]></["br"]></["br"]></["br"]></["br"]></["br"]>

This book is available in stores/online April 15th!

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