It is time for another book review! I am just going to pop a quick disclaimer here, sorry for any typos and gramtical/formatting errors, I am on holiday in Rome as I write this and won’t have time to do it when I get home to get it up on time so I am having to do it all on my phone. I will correct issues as soon as I can. But anyway. Today’s book is one that has been on my TBR for the longest time and that book is To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. Let’s do this!
Well that was a surprise. I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did! I am so incredibly glad that I finally decided to pick it up and give it a go!
I found myself smiling the whole time that I was reading this book (which must have looked very strange since I read half of this book on a very busy flight 😂). It was just incredibly sweet, I couldn’t help but feel happy when reading it. There was just something about it that left me feeling all warm and fuzzy. I can’t even remember the last time I read a book that made me smile as much as this one did. It was just such a nice, quick read with a lot of heart.
I was expecting this to just be a straight up, completely standard, fluffy romance. And it is definitely a fluffy romance, don’t get me wrong, but there is also a lot more going on in the story as well. And this was not something that I was expecting. I will be honest and admit that I had no real idea what this story was going to be about, except for what we are told in the blurb. And I am really glad that I went into it blind. It meant that the story was a comply surprise to me. And given that I wasn’t expecting the depth of it, ment that I really enjoyed it.
I will be the first to admit that the main storylines were pretty predictable. Straight from the get go I knew what was going to happen. But I still really enjoyed it. I also really liked all the smaller storylines. For instance the Jamie storyline. It wasn’t a huge deal and wasn’t made to be one but it was always there, woven throughout the story. It was nice to see that real life continued in this story as that is so often forgotten in YA. It made a nice change for that to be shown.
But what I loved most about this book was the family. Or more specifically the family dynamic. It felt genuine. They actually felt like a real life family and that hardly ever happens in books. I could 100% imagine them as real people. They took care of each other but they also fought. They loved each other and protected each other and did whatever they could to make each other happy but they also had their differences. They disagreed and snickered and things that annoyed one another. And they were real. They felt like a real family; like they could step straight off the page and blend into the real world. And I really loved that. So often in YA the main character has no family or has a family who don’t really play a role in their life. I guess it was just nice to see a family orientated story in YA, especially one that felt so genuine.
My only complaint about this book is that the characters did feel a bit underdeveloped at times. I am ashuming/hoping that the character will develop more as the trilogy continues. It wasn’t a massive issue and it didn’t limit my enjoyment of the book, I just felt like there was more to all the characters. More that could have been done for them. For instance, Chris. She clearly has a lot going on and could have a really complex and interesting story but she is kind of just brushed over. You are just kind of expected to accept that this is that and not want more. And this is the same for a lot of the characters. There is so much potential, It just needs tapping into. I did also find Lara Jean a bit immature at times, nut again I am assuming she will grow up as the trilogy continues. For the most part though, I did enjoy the character, i just wanted a bit more from them.
Overall I am very glad that I decided to give this series a go. I will 100% be continuing with it and soon!
4 out of 5
And there we have it. A very surprising read. Have you read this one? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed today’s post and I will see you all again very soon.