To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Book - 2014
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"Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [2014]
ISBN: 9781442426702
1442426705
9781442426719
1442426713
9781534438378
Branch Call Number: YAFICTION Han

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Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent. This is followed by P.S. I Still Love You and Always & Forever, Lara Jean.

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent. This is followed by P.S. I Still Love You and Always & Forever, Lara Jean.

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent. This is followed by P.S. I Still Love You and Always & Forever, Lara Jean.

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent. Sequel: P.S. I Still Love You


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sheenasoberano
Feb 26, 2020

I watched the movie before reading the book and I honestly prefer the book to the movie. The book gives you a better insight into Lara Jean and her relationship with her sister Kitty and Josh more than the movie does. The movie focuses more on her relationship with Peter and it isn't a bad thing, but they seem more like minor characters than Peter. I also love how much Jenny Han incorporates Lara Jean's half Korean background with the food they eat at home, celebrating Korean traditions/holidays, and also calling LJ & her sisters the Song Sisters than the Covey Sisters. The book IS a little slow, but it doesn't take away from how well it is written in terms of timeline.

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carolwu96
Feb 13, 2020

I have not read YA fiction in forever and have never been a big fan of romance, but I did appreciate how realistic the narrative was. Lara Jean’s daily life as an Asian, big sister, and someone caught between cultures really resonated with me. Her mental activity concerning her crushes also hit me in the feels! Although I did feel that the book lacked depth, if it was just meant to be a quick fun read, who cares about depth anyway? 🤷🏻‍♀️
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I managed to sit through the movie but was disappointed given the hype. It not only glossed over the heavier elements, such as moral conflicts and bullying, but also took out other plots to focus on the romance. Just when I thought the movie was going to explore the way two people managed to truly understand each other despite differences in social status, the movie deviated from that too. ⁣⁣
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My biggest problem with the movie lies in the way it downplayed the whole Korean identity issue and the importance of family. While the girls in the book referred to themselves as “the Song sisters,” in the movie they referred to themselves as the Covey Sisters. Actually, very little was mentioned about the Asian identity besides the Korean smoothie and burnt cuisine, which was superficial and underlined their whiteness instead. ⁣⁣
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Similarly, while the book put a lot of emphasis on Lara Jean’s ability to self-reflect and the support system within her family, in the movie their main function seemed to be to contribute to the romance.⁣ In other words, the filmmakers took a fairly wholesome about high school life and turned it into one about a social Cinderella who managed to catch the eye of the “it” boy. ⁣
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sarahbru17 Feb 11, 2020

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
Writing: 7/10
The movie was very cute, which led me to read the book. The story is fun, but I can get frustrated with some contemporary romances when the character's struggles seem artificial or shallow. To be fair, this presents an accurate portrayal of a teen's approach to romance, but as an adult reader, it made me irritated at times. That being said, that's a problem with my own reading preferences, and not with the book itself!

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Amithani
Feb 04, 2020

This was a great read. I would totally recommend it to everyone.

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zofiad
Feb 04, 2020

The perfect read for anyone interested in quirky romance novels. The characters are so very well developed and you end up loving all of them. Highly recommend.

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tinybookworm
Jan 22, 2020

I loved reading this book. It is a very sweet story of young love and family. It was an easy read and the characters are so likable. I love the banter between Peter and Lara Jean. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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AngelinaY304
Dec 09, 2019

Loved this book, I really want to watch the movie on Netflix!

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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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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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