Publisher's Note:  

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.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

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Overall Review:  

This book has a clever premise that the author plays out more unconventionally than the dust jacket would lead the reader to expect.  To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han has a conflicted protagonist that genuinely interested me, perhaps because she was so relate-able and I saw some of my own teenage truths in her.  Lara Jean's feelings and emotions were genuine, and her predicament and solutions resulted in a few laugh out-loud moments.  The supporting characters and relationships gave the story texture--especially Lara Jean's relationship with her family.  This was truly an enjoyable read.  The only complaint is the ending.  The ending was light-handed, leaving the reader to fill in the blanks, and slightly poetic (both things I am generally a fan of).  However, it was a little too light-handed in that there was one major character I found myself unable to conclude the story for; it was too unclear to me if that character would resolve things as hoped and it kept me up a bit at night.  Also, the poetic ending was great, but it felt like the ending Lara Jean from the beginning of the story would have had, but the Lara Jean from the end of the story had changed and was a different person so I am not sure it was the right ending.  That aside, it is easy to see why this book is getting a lot of positive buzz.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  14 religious exclamations; 10 mild obscenities; 7 derogatory names; 13 scatological words; 10 anatomical terms; 2 F-Word derivatives.


Violence/Gore:  None


Sex/Nudity:  Character reads an excerpt from a romance novel where character is seducing someone; report/rumor (untrue) spread about a girl have sex in locker room with guy; report of characters kissing, making out; in a discussion between characters it is said that two people "did it" in a basement freshman year; characters hold hands; discussion about whether someone is gay; character asked how far she has gone and is willing to go; characters have a discussion about whether two people they know have had sex; report of a character doing a striptease; characters kiss and hold hands; someone learns that two teenage characters have had sex; general reference that students skinny dip and have sex on school ski trip; sexual references to STD, "Hooks up", "French some guys", PMS, "breaking the seal", tampons , "boned", girls being on the pill; extensive rumor/extended scene about two teenagers having sex in a hot tub (rumor is untrue).

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Teenage boy-girl relationships, death of a parent.

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A teenager smokes; reference to pub crawls; teenagers at a party are drinking beer; report that some teenage characters snuck champagne on New Year's Eve; report that a teenager got drunk freshman year in HS; tequila is smuggled on a school trip.

Reviewed By Cindy
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