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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

(To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  615,880 ratings  ·  42,112 reviews
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed.

But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her firs
Hardcover, 355 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Bethany Davis The ending was so incredibly disappointing simply because the entire book lead up to that moment and it just ended
Foxrue I agree! ^^ I kind of don't understand how people can say Lara Jean is too childish and didn't mature enough throughout the book ... I mean she is kin…moreI agree! ^^ I kind of don't understand how people can say Lara Jean is too childish and didn't mature enough throughout the book ... I mean she is kind of innocent but that's just because she wouldn't know any other way... with just one good (girl)friend and always being around her innocent sisters and her dad. And I also think she did mature, she got Kitty to help in the house and she did manage the family similar to how Margot did. Obviously not as perfect, she still struggled with a lot but she tried and improved. I really loved this book! <3(less)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
There are certain lines that you do not cross, and coveting your beloved sister's ex-boyfriend is one of them. That's why this book made me gag a little.

This book was purposeless. There was no ending. There was no romance. There was no character growth (and the main character was pretty dumb to begin with). I don't usually read contemporary YA novels, but when I do, I have certain expectations. I want sweetness, I want a character that matures, and I want some really cute romance. Yeah. Me. Want
C.G. Drews
REREAD #2: February 2018
So I absolutely frikkin ADORED this book when I first read it and proceeded to order book 2 immediately and then wait in agony for it to arrive. And then (remember: SO MUCH AGONY)...I proceeded to not read it. Because my ship. My ship. Anyway I went ahead and forgot the whole thing so that's great of me. I'm only now rereading it because I own the second two books and intend to read them soon.

SOMEONE HOLD ME TO IT OMG or I'll just keep rereading this one until my heart ex
Miranda Reads
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

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The Written Review

My letters are for when I don't want to be in love anymore. They're for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I'm not longer consumed by my all-consuming love...My letters set me free.
Lara Jean has had plenty of crushes. Plenty.

And she's fallen in and out of love with said crushes without them ever knowing.
Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it an
Emily May
May 07, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Blurb: 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.

The Reality: Privileged, boring, 16-year-old girl (whose "voice" sounds closer to 12) feels sorry for herself because her sister's boyfriend doesn't want her. Until he does. Conclusion? There is none. Just a lot of faffing about, moronically pining, and an inconclusive non-ending.

2014 Contemporary YA sucks. So many books I'
Avery TheLibrariansDaughter
If I wrote this book it would go a little something like this:
To all the boys I've loved before...
Fuck You.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Reread in August 2018
This was so much cuter than I remember! Though I still have some of the problems with the book that I had the first time I read it (basically, it just annoyed me that she called her dad Daddy - though I did the same thing up until I was like 13? Why am I so judgmental?), it was a very enjoyable experience. It was even more enjoyable since it was a reread in preparation for watching the Netflix original! Though I haven't seen it yet, I had the actors in mind the entire t
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-owned-read
I read this in a day. SO CUTE.

Follows a girl called Lara Jean and through her life she has written letters to all the boys she has loved in her past, she keeps these letters safely tucked away from the word. However, one day she finds they are gone, her letters have been sent out, and everyone she has ever loved now knows. Including her older sisters ex-boyfriend. This story follows Lara Jean as she struggles with her relationship with her older sister and her past loves.

It had so many levels,
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 Stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

“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.”

I need to talk about something here. By the time I'm writing this review, I have read the entire trilogy. I finished it under three days because, you know, I had nothing better to do thes
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
this technically isnt a christmas story, but it sure feels like one to me. hallmark walked so this book could run, as far as im concerned. i mean, this has:
- fake to real dating trope
- school ski trip
- that cheesy feeling that makes your heart flutter
- sweet family bonds
what more could anyone want?!

4 stars
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
(3.75?) With the movie coming out soon, I decided to finally pick this book up. It's a YA contemporary with a romance so really it's not my usual genre but I've been a bit in a slump and needed a pick me up.

This was perfect for it! Lara Jean has loved 5 boys in her life and has written to each of a them a love letter that she hid before moving on. One day they are all sent and she has to deal with the consequences.

This was cute! It's all about family, relationships and getting out of your comfor
High Lady of The Night Court
I was extremely shocked when I started reading this book. The intention was to read the first paragraph and if I didn’t feel like it I would pick another book. I couldn’t stop. I read the first sentence, the first paragraph, the first chapter and that's it, I was not going to stop, it just wasn’t an option anymore. There are few books that will rope you in so completely that you can't help but keep reading, this is definitely one of them. I loved everything about this book, the characters, the s ...more
Apr 02, 2015 added it
Shelves: finished-series
“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?”

To All The Boys I've Loved Before is as quirky and cute as its protagonist.
After the first few pages, I wasn't sure I would finish this book. Everything seemed so picture perfect, so girlie. The way Lara Jean always said "Daddy", how Kitty outwitted any other living nine-year-old, etc. But I'm glad I kept reading, even though the plot wasn't overexciting and very predictable. N
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
3rd read: May 2019
5 stars. Audiobook.
This was my least favourite re-read of the book as a lot of things annoyed me. I no longer consider this a favourite book of all time, but I still absolutely love this book and it will always mean a lot to me.

2nd read: November-December 2018
5 stars. Audiobook.
This time around I noticed a few issues I have with it, but I still adore it with all of my heart and it will always mean so much to me. <3

1st read: November-December 2018
5 stars. Physical.

I loved it!!! (Hello, Peter! 😍)
It was just the goddamn cutest. They captured the feel of the book so perfectly and now I want to reread them again.
I really hope there’s an adaptation for the other two books.
Netflix did good. Highly recommend.

Book review:
This is a great book if you're in the mood for something light and fluffy or in my case, you're trying to get out of a slump.

The voice and tone of the book is young, which does at times, come across as really immature and childish
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Re-read 8/20/18: Okay so it has to be said: movie Peter > book Peter, and book Josh > movie Josh. However we all know that John Ambrose McClaren >>>>>>>> everyone and that’s the tea

Re-read 4/27/17: I cannot even begin to tell you guys how much joy re-reading this book brought me. I love the Song girls so much. So so so so so so so cute.

Original read 4/26/14: Hands down, my favorite Jenny Han book. I loved the writing and the fashion and the boys and the FOOD hahahahah it was just so cute! I ne
This was...fine.



----- didn’t take a long time to read. It was fun sometimes. Significantly less fun at others. Good characters, bad characters, couldn’t-care-less-will-forget-their-names-ASAP-could-you-BE-any-flatter characters. It was just a very eh read this time around.

Well, I can say a lot. This is me we’re talking about, guys. You could hand me a sewing machine instruction manua
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it

Returning To the Starting Point: My (Book)Spoilery Review of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

“You'd rather make up a fantasy version of somebody in your head than be with a real person.”

Knowing this book would be waiting for me upon completing Always and Forever, Lara Jean made it a bittersweet reading experience, revisiting where it all started.

*slowly turns into a fan-page for the TATBILB series.*

I took a bit of an odd journey with this series, what with watching the Netflix a
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
4/5 ⭐

This was the lightest book I've read in a while and all I can say is that I enjoyed it very much. Lara Jean is the perfect example for all the good and kind-hearted girls out there. I don't say that in an offensive way. No. She really is a good girl, making her own way through high school life and love life, innocent and genuine as she is starting to leave behind her childhood and find a bridge towards adulthood.
Lara Jean teaches us an important lesson, even though it is not that obvious a
Natalie Monroe
EDIT 8/2/2014: Marking this down to one star. My original 3-star review can be found below.

Let's kick off this review with a little music:

Look at me, I'm Lara Jean!
Lousy at figuring out mysteries
Won't drive a car unless I absolutely have to
I can't! I'm Lara Jean!

Watch it! Hey, I'm Miss Goody Two-shoes
I was not brought up that way
Scandalized by
Peter cheating off a quiz
Because cheating is so wrooooong.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is our protagonist. The girl whose head we have to live in for 288 pa
enqi ☁️✨ (hiatus due to college)
let me warn you about peter kavinsky. he's the kind of boy who's sarcastic and witty and perpetually amused and who is actually the tiniest cinnamon roll on the planet. also his smile is dangerously cute and he presents a tough exterior to the world but has a soft spot for the girl he loves. and so you will fall in love with him. you will swoon and you will want to have his babies but you will be in for a huge disappointment. because he is mine. ...more
Ashley Nuckles
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reread for the reading rush 2019: I definitely stand by my solid four star rating because it was cute but wowowowow that ending sucked. Like how do you build all that tension and then literally just leave it like that? (I realize I’m describing a cliffhanger, but it feels different than that lol, this just feels like the story is unfinished)

It’s times like these I’m very glad to already have Book #2 because IM STARTING IT RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND TO CONTINUE THE STORY
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reread in June 2015 for my Goodreads group readalong! Loved it just as much the second time!

1st read:
I loved the Song sister's relationship! Can't wait for book two! I didn't realize at first that there were going to be more and I was so sad that this book was over :(

Keep watching for my full review! PLUS a giveaway is coming soon near you soon!! *wink wink*
Whitney Atkinson
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
This book was so dramatic and childish that I just could not enjoy it. Lara Jean's plan was so foolish and the love triangle in this was so irritating that I found myself craving the scenes that focused on family rather than relationships. I gave this book some stars though because I listened to it on audiobook in two sittings and it was rather addicting, even though I hated Peter and the ending was a bit of a let-down. You might like this if you're into dramatic, cheesy YA books about jealousy ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3.5 Stars

”It's not like in the movies. It's better, because it's real.”

Does this need introduction at this point??



- Asian FMC! And she’s allowed to be soft and tough and everything in between!
- Lucas is precious and deserves all the ascots he wants.
- Peter Kavinsky comes over and helps Lara Jean bake cupcakes while she’s in her sweats. Need me a freak like that.


- It’s actually an inventive take on the fake dating trope.
- There’s this whole thing about growing up and learning to say
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, owned

*Reread April 2016
Still enjoyed it!

That ending though...
That's all I have to say
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

If you've read my review of Geekerella by Ashley Poston then you probably already know that I was never a huge fan of contemporary novels. In fact I used to despise the genre as a whole and to be honest I don't know why. After reading this book I kind of grasped at the reason why people enjoy this genre so much because, much to my surprise, I have too.

“It's not like in the movies. It's better, because it's real.”
This book follows Lara Jean who, as your average high school teenager, t
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love this title. Like, really love it. It's just, we all have boys we have loved before so it resonates. Plus it sounds like quite a beginning to an awesome letter to all your past loves about why it didn't quite work out. We can only hope for a very juicy/scandalous explanation.


After reading the book:

This book was actually super engaging. I loved the main character, her navigation through her crushes and past loves, and her family!
Brianna H
This sounds adorable!

And looks pretty adorable too!

Larry H
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars.

Lara Jean has written five love letters. There is one letter for every boy she's ever fallen in love with, however brief the infatuation. But she never sent any of the letters to the objects of her affection—she saves them in one of her most prized possessions, a teal hatbox her mother gave her before she died.

"They're not love letters in the strictest sense of the word. My letters are for when I don't want to be in love anymore. They're for goodbye. Because after I w
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