I first meet Lara Jean on June 6th 2015
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a delightful summer contemporary novel that has a realistic romance. This story fallows the protagonist of Lara Jean,a young woman who cleverly writes her hearts desire about the young men in her love she has fallen in love with, this way she’s able to write her hearts content and hide the letters in her mother’s hat box. I felt that this was the best romantic therapy technique I have ever heard, and it would be expected for when all her love letters are suddenly delivered to all her past loves. G-R-E-A-T!
This novel is realistic romance with all the realistic elements of romance.
Your probably asking yourself
“What does that even mean Lia!”
What it means is simply this:
I wish I had this novel when I was in high school, it would have helped me realize all that romance is or could be. Usually in young adult novels love or romance seems automatic or usually grand. Book lovers always talk about how prefect fictional boyfriends are, usually because authors make them so prefect that we forget what realistic romance is even when we read about its shocking to see how romantic normal life can be.
Jenny Han does not allow her readers to expect anything from love than the pure love, heartache, heart wrenching pain of love in all it’s elements. With a lot of young adult novels sometimes the theme focuses on the most is the romance between two clearly “in love” characters, however this is not the case. Love is complicated. Love is confusing. Love is painful once lost. Love is difficult. And one notion that is not clearly state enough those who are in love constantly make mistakes while in loves grasp.
I love how I could relate to Lara Jean even though I have been out of high school for far to long. I love how Lara Jean and her family were so connected. That being said I did not say that Lara Jean and her family where prefect especially when you have a house that out numbers the male. There sibling rivals, their is nothing but love between each and ever character. I wanna be invited to Lara Jeans house, heck I need to be invited to anyone house as long as they have Aloe Vera in the fridge!
This novel is adorable and I’m so happy that I read it. I have to say that even though this novel didn’t hold large plot twist or create situation it was the most loving novel I ever read.
Thank you Jenny Han for allowing me the chances to meet Lara Jean!