BOOK REVIEW: TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE (#1) BY JENNY HAN

It has taken me way too long to get stuck in to the ‘TATBILB’ book series and once I did, it took me about a little over a week to finish all three. I watched the movie for TATBILB literally the day it came out and fell in love with it, as did pretty much the entire world. It’s a story-line that has been told time and time again, however, Lara Jean, her family, Peter Kavinsky, Josh, all the side characters – you’re just not going to get any better than them and that’s what makes this story-line it’s very own. Something that no one has done before and no one will ever top.

If you’ve watched the movie and/or read the books, you will know that TATBILB follows sixteen-year-old, Lara Jean Song Covey and her love letters. Lara Jean has a thing for writing love letters, dedicated to all of her crushes up until the present, however, she will never send them out. She keeps them treasured away for her and only her to read over and over again. When a little teasing at the dinner table takes a turn for the worst, all five of Lara Jean’s crushes receive their letters, one including the beloved and popular, Peter Kavinsky.

Two rather big and life-changing events in Lara Jean and Peter’s lives leave them both in positions that they really need to get themselves out of and what could help that more than fake dating? Probably a lot, but this is the story of Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky, that is going to have you head over heels in love with them within seconds.

Not only was Lara Jean trying to cover her back from a previous crush that could turn back around on her really hard, she was also having to deal with her eldest sister, Margot, moving to Scotland for University. The Song sisters have such a unique and special bond between the three of them and it did have me a little green with envy throughout, not growing up with sisters of my own (Shush don’t tell my brothers that though, I still love them more than life itself). With Margot having taken on the mom role, after their mother sadly passed away, Lara Jean knew that this was now going to be passed on as her responsibility and she needed to continue the hard work Margot had put in to taking care of their father and youngest sister, Kitty.

TATBILB is such an easy read, with chapters only taking up to 1-3 minutes each to read which I L.O.V.E.D!! I absolutely live for short chapters, as my attention span is about 5 minutes – if a chapter is longer than that, there’s a slight chance you’re going to lose me half way through for a little bit. However, that being said, the longest chapters of this book take up to no more than 12 minutes, which is an absolute joy, so thank you Jenny for keeping your books short and sweet. Being as it is the year I turned 22, I always feel a bit nervous reading books based in school’s, like people might find out and judge me? I don’t know, it’s a stupid thought, however, I really just love the simplicity of being taken back to school, where all you had to worry about was whether that boy you like likes you back or getting your homework completed in time or whether or not you was going to be invited to the latest and trashiest party – none of it is really as important as you think when you’re sixteen.

The book is so incredibly cosy and I found myself yearning to have the type of dynamic and vibe that the Covey household does. I also found myself feeling determined to be as productive as Lara Jean – with her love for creating scrapbooks, testing new Korean face-masks and consistently baking for her family, I wish I had her self-care routine! I do really admire Lara Jean, not only for her outstanding skin-care routine, but also because she really does prove herself and show everybody that she is more capable of life than they all think. She comes across as the shy girl who loves to make crafts and bake, yet her confidence shines so bright and her ways of dealing with hard situations really make you want to applaud her. Don’t get me wrong, although the book makes you want to believe she is living this perfect life, Lara Jean definitely has her flaws – confrontation being the main one and I really can relate to that, as I am the worst person when it comes to confrontation. I’d rather just run away and not deal with anything than have to face something that could be either painful or just straight up awkward.

You’d be crazy to not love the growing friendship between Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky. Two complete opposites, yet they somehow make it work. Rekindling their friendship was really heart-warming to watch, as you learn that they had been friends since their childhoods, yet walked in opposite directions of each other the more the years went by, and the closer Peter got to the wicked witch, Genevieve. The more they were fake dating and getting to know each other, you could see how much they were growing on each other, romantically, however, they still have each other’s main goals in their heads and stop themselves from admitting how they really feel. I really do believe that they are an unexpected couple who are absolutely made for each other.

Shelby x

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  1. May 13, 2019 / 11:19 am

    I will have to give this one a go, sounds great especially a good beachy holiday read x

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:27 am

      It would be a great holiday pick, I can agree with that! x

  2. Jenny
    May 13, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    I haven’t read this book yet but I did watch the film and I LOVEDDDD it. And usually I HATE that sort of film / genre. But something about it, particularly the characters, really made me fall in love. I have no doubt the book would do the same. I really want to get around to reading it at some point! Great review, as always! <3

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:30 am

      I think you would so love the book, if you loved the movie! It has so much more to it than the movie does and it feels like you’re witnessing Lara Jean’s life for the very first time again!

      Thank you, Jenny ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  3. May 13, 2019 / 6:45 pm

    I adored the film and would like to read the book too. The characters were just so interesting and really worked so well. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sarah ๐ŸŒบ || Boxnip || Latest Post

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:30 am

      You should definitely give the book a try – the story and characters have so much more depth to them! x

  4. May 13, 2019 / 7:11 pm

    I’ve heard quite a lot about this book/series but have to admit that I still haven’t got around to it. This is an incredible review though, I’m definitely going to have to check them out. Sounds like an easy, quick read.

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:31 am

      Aww, thank you so much, Lindsey!

      You’ll have to let me know when you start reading them. They are super speedy to read! x

  5. May 13, 2019 / 9:51 pm

    I absolutely LOVED the film, but never thought to read the book before because I don’t want to ruin how good the film is for me (as the book is always better in my opinion). But easy chapters? Yes please! I rarely have time in the day to read so I’m all for an easy read. Thanks so much for sharing your review!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:34 am

      I would definitely have to say that the book is better, BUT, that being said, it won’t make you think any less of the movie – because that’s just so incredible in it’s own way!

      This will be the easiest read for you, I finished it within 24 hours!

      You’re very welcome. Thank you reading my review and taking the time to comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Tonyalee
    May 13, 2019 / 11:43 pm

    Ah, so happy to see another bookworm adore this one!! I havenโ€™t continued the series yet, but a lot of people love it!

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:35 am

      It would be impossible not to love it!!

      I’ve read all three and they’re all just as wonderful as the other ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. May 14, 2019 / 6:07 am

    I was reading this thinking this sounds familiar and then I realised itโ€™s based on the film, how I missed the word movie!

    Great review, Iโ€™ll be checking the book out x

    • breakfastatshelbys
      Author
      May 14, 2019 / 9:35 am

      Thanks Claire! Hope you enjoy the book ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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