Series Review- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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I truly enjoyed all three of the books in this series equally so I figured I would just review the series as a whole!  I am just going to post the synopsis of the first book in the series because I do not want to spoil the other books!

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What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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  1. Characters– Lara Jean has become one of my favourite characters.  There is something about her that I find so relatable! I am sure many of us can see a bit of ourselves in her.  I LOVE Peter! Kitty, Lara Jean’s younger sister is also a favourite, she is spunky and hilarious.
  2. Families are actually present– I often see people complain that parents and families are often not mentioned in YA and I totally agree! One of my favourite things about this series is how important and present all of the characters parents were. I just adore Lara Jean’s dad and the relationship that he has with each of his daughters.
  3. BAKING– I love baking so I related to that part of the book so much! I loved reading about all the different baked goods that Lara Jean whips up! I would love if Jenny Han put out a cookbook with all of Lara Jean’s recipes.
  4. Character Development– It was so nice to see the characters develop throughout the books.  Lara Jean goes through a lot and in the end I truly think she comes in to herself. All of the other characters also grow and change- even Lara Jean’s father!
  5. Realistic Dialogue– I always appreciate when the dialogue between characters is realistic and does not seemed forced. I feel like the characters in this series actually talk like real teenagers would.

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  1. Predictable– There is nothing shocking or mind blowing that happens throughout the series.  Sure there are twists and cliffhangers but you always knew how this story would turn out in the end.  There were conflicts but I felt that sometimes they were resolved too quickly!
  2. Margo– She was probably the only character that I didn’t connect with throughout the series.  She was irritating at times, and sure she has a little bit of character growth by the third book but not enough to actually make me like her!

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“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.”

“Things feel like they’ll be forever, but they aren’t. Love can go away, or people can, without even meaning to. Nothing is guaranteed.”

“I guess that’s part of growing up, too–saying goodbye to the things you used to love.”

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a great series to binge read! It is such an adorable and sweet series that made me had a smile on my face the whole time.  Jenny Han truly knows how to write contemporary novels! If you are looking for a contemporary that has an adorable romance, but also is focused on family relationships and character growth than I think you will truly love this series!

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29 thoughts on “Series Review- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

  1. I’ve just listened to the first one on audiobook and surprisingly interested enough to proceed with the rest of it. There’s something I really love about Lara and the dialogue as you said feels very real. I did find the first one quite predictable in some ways though but I guess that’s to be expected with romance.

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  2. I read the first book and remember liking it, but never continued the series (not sure why… I know that I planned to). I don’t really remember what happened in the first book, but I really want to try the series again now!! Great review!!

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  3. I just finished listening to the last audiobook last night and I totally agree with your review and overall opinion on the book! This was such a fun trilogy to read and I really enjoyed getting to know Lara Jean – especially in the last book as I could relate to her much more than!

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  4. Heheh I just got the audiobook for the first book. I’ve already read the first one buuut I need a refresher before I read the next one. I know I’ll like the series because I liked her other series.

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  5. I agree, I never really like Lara Jean’s oldest sister either. I guess I just didn’t understand her?? I read the first book but never really picked up the series again– maybe I should, though!! I’m in the mood for fun, fluffy reads. 😀

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