Next week is Valentine’s Day, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han would be a great read for this romantic holiday.
I ended up watching the movie before I realized To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a book, so I will briefly compare the book and movie. The book follows 16-year-old Lara Jean who wrote 5 love letters to the boys she has loved and kept them to herself. However, one day the letters are mysteriously mailed and her crushes from her past confront her and cause her seemingly normal life to spiral out of control. The movie did follow the plot of the book well, but of course the book has numerous scenes excluded from the movie and the timeline is more spread out in the book. Even though I knew the basic plot from the movie, I still thought the plot in the book was entertaining and I enjoyed every second reading it. My favorite part of both the book and movie is hands down the class ski trip. As far as likability, Lara Jean is a likable character, but at times she can seem immature for a 16-year-old. Lara Jean’s sisters as well as her friends are also likable, and of course Gen, the school’s popular girl, is unlikable and adds drama to Lara Jean’s life. I also admire Lara Jean’s dad for raising 3 girls after their mother’s death, and it was interesting to see how the family relationship developed since then. Both the ending of the book and movie were sweet endings, but I actually preferred the movie ending since it was not as abrupt. The book was definitely fun to read, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series P.S. I Still Love You.
Overall, I recommend reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han if you like young adult romance novels with a cute plot and likable characters.
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