on April 15, 2014
Also by this author: The Summer I Turned Pretty, P.S. I Still Love You, Forever and Always, Lara Jean
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1
Also in this series: P.S. I Still Love You, Forever and Always, Lara Jean
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Narrator: Laura Knight Keating
Length: 8 hrs 22 mins
Reading Challenges: 2017 Beat the Backlist, 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge
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 first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
I’m so torn with being disappointed in myself for waiting so long to read this and being happy that I waiting until right before the last book was released. I’m sad that I haven’t had Lara Jean in my life these last 3 years, but binge reading–or listening to–these books has been an absolute blast.
I have to admit that while I was swept up in Lara Jean’s story right from the start, I wasn’t completely sure that I was going to like her. She’s very naive and kind of…a goody goody. She turned out to be so endearing though. She’s quirky, smart, and just a tiny bit awkward. In other words, so easy to relate to! I honestly loved almost every character. Lara Jean is super close with her family. Their interactions were so well done. I especially loved Kitty, Lara Jean little sister. She was sweet and precocious. I think I liked Lara Jean’s older sister Margo the least of all. She was just so uppity and a bit overbearing. She redeemed herself some by the end, thankfully.
I said quite a few times lately that I’m not a fan of the fake dating trope, but I think I have to take those words back now. The fake relationship between Peter and Lara Jean in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was just too adorable to resist! The banter between the two was so fun. I loved watched them slowly start to like each other and then start to realize they liked each other. I also loved their honesty with each other. It was refreshing. I’m so anxious to see where things go between them.
The audiobook version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is so fabulous! Laura Knight Keating does such a good job narrating. Her voice fits Lara Jean perfectly. She captures the emotion of the story well. She can switch from being playful to earnest in a heartbeat and sweep you right along with her. I hope she narrates more YA contemporaries in the future. They will be must listens for me.
I loved this book so much. I’m so happy I didn’t have to wait to start book 2 (or 3)! I’m already dreading the inevitable end to my time with these delightful characters. For now I’m just going to savor all the fun.