Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Age Recommended: 14 and up
I really enjoyed this story, not just because there is a ridiculously adorable movie based on it, but because the characters were extremely relatable. The book does differ in a lot of ways from the movie, especially the way it ends, since the book has two sequels but the movie seems to wrap things up. I truly preferred the book’s ending because it’s a lot more realistic than that of the movie.
Lara Jean is an extremely private person whose closest friends are her two sisters, father, and next-door neighbor Josh (who used to date her older sister before she went off to college). As a result, Lara has never really spoken to boys that she’s had a crush on, and instead writes them love letters that she seals away in a teal hatbox.
One day, when her younger sister Kitty is upset at her, she mails the contents of the hatbox, and Lara Jean’s life takes a wild turn. When Josh confronts her about her letters, Lara Jean dismisses him by saying that she’s dating someone else: Peter Kavinsky.
Peter, whose girlfriend just broke up with him, agrees to fake date Lara to make Josh leave her alone and to make his own girlfriend want him back. But what the two of them don’t count on is their agreement evolving into something else entirely…
If you would like to read this book, you can purchase it here: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
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