Wednesday, July 30, 2014

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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

        I wasn't expecting to like this book. In fact, I prepared myself to hate it. This book was recommended to me when it came out, but I assumed it would be another clichéd high school romance so I disregarded it. Fast forward to yesterday, when I read a blog post reviewing this book that made me having to read it. So I did.

        I was hooked from the beginning, which doesn't happen to me very often. Lara Jean was a surprisingly likable character. She wasn't overly annoying and made out to be an angel when she wasn't. Besides a few minor things, she was a very relatable teenage girl. Almost everything she thought and did applied to the complicated life of a teenager. She was a little uptight and a little too cautious, but then again, nobody's perfect. Jenny Han wrote this character very realistically and Lara Jean is one of the best written characters I have ever read about.

        The plot line of this book is something that sounds so cheesy, and in a way it is, but then there's something about it that makes it so original and enjoyable. Now while being a great plot line, there were parts that I didn't like. I got tired with the whole John/Peter and I think it went on longer than it should have. I also didn't like Margot. I don't know if she was written to be disliked, but she was just not a nice character to read about, especially in how she treated Lara Jean. Kitty on the other hand, was probably one of the best parts about this book even thought she did send the letter. I get that the story wouldn't have happened otherwise, but I think as far as revenge goes, that was a little too far. Which kind of brings us to Peter. Peter is one of those characters that you like and hate. He was a dick for a lot of the book, but then he had his semi-decent moments so it was a little confusing deciding if he was the good guy or the bad guy.

        Another plus for this story, was it was very well written. There were no stupid sentences, no over exaggerated moments, and it flowed very well together. There were a few confusing moments, but you can't expect a book to be 100% perfect. I do wish this had been a stand alone, but the world isn't a wish granting factory. (Hehe)

        In conclusion, this is a pretty good young-adult contemporary novel and I would recommend it to anyone who is as picky about books as I am. If you're a person who needs absolutely no cliché, then this isn't your book, but to anyone else, get you hands on this book ASAP. Preferably before the sequel comes out.