Reviewed by Lília
Lara Jean Song writes goodbye letters to all the boys she’s ever had a crush on. She keeps them in a box, unsent, because she never had a relationship with any of them. And the last one is – or used to be – her sister’s boyfriend, Josh.
It’s all a secret until the box with letters disappears and a couple of them are actually sent. Lara Jean finds out about it in the most embarrassing manner and needs to discover a way to deal with Josh knowing about her crush on him while not letting her sister learn about it.
She enlists the help of Peter, the other boy who received an old letter from her who had just broken up with his girlfriend. They are to have a fake relationship, to make Josh go away, avoid her sister knowing about her crush and making Peter’s ex-girlfriend jealous. But not everything goes as planned… and Lara Jean starts discovering more about herself and her feelings, and that the real thing is quite different from a dream.
In To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han creates a fun story of love – not only the romantic kind but also sisterly love, and all the things we do or can do to our sisters without ever realizing what the consequences might be. Lara Jean is a funny but also sad character, and her relationship with her sister and her friends is deeply influenced by the loss of her mother at a very young age, the need to grow up fast and how to deal with feelings she can’t share.
Lília is ABC The Hague’s Children’s Books & Young Adult Fiction buyer. She is also one of the Espresso Book Machine operators there. More staff reviews can be found here.