To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Book - 2014
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"Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent"-- Provided by publisher.
Lara Jean has never openly admitted her crushes. Instead, she wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster BFYR,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781442426702
1442426705
9781442426719
1442426713
9781534438378
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 22 cm

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Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent

If you love someone, write them a letter you won't send. But what if the letters get sent?

When you feel love strongly, sometimes the best expression is in letters, even if you never intend to have them sent...


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EljayJohnson
May 10, 2020

Cute and fun. But the non-ending annoyed me a bit.

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amm3607
Apr 27, 2020

Lara Jean is so relateable. I love this series!

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adeetiamittiwari
Apr 14, 2020

This book was splendid. The sentiment between Lara Jean and Peter is overly intriguing and the association Lara Jean has with her sisters is so sweet. I truly preferred perusing this book, despite the fact that it's my subsequent time perusing the arrangement.

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elisabeth_23
Apr 10, 2020

I saw the Netflix movie adaption before I read the book. So this was struggle to get through, BUT I loved it once I got going! It is a cute romantic story about Lara Jean and Peter. Lara Jean finds out that her secret letters to her crushes were actually sent out. Peter finds and they decide to start pretend relationship. One of the aspects that I loved was the connection of Lara Jean and her sisters, Margo and Kitty. It was wonderful and endearing.

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olive_owl_252
Mar 12, 2020

I watched the movie before I read the book, and I actually like the movie a little better, for one, Margo is a lot meaner in the book, Peter is smarter in the movie, and Josh isn’t as big of a jerk in the movie. I do tho, miss the whole Korean background in the movie.

VaughanPLKim Mar 07, 2020

Lara Jean is mortified when the five secret love letters she wrote to her past crushes are suddenly mailed without her knowledge. Although romance is a big part of this novel it is equally about the strong bond that Lara Jean has with her two sisters as they navigate growing up without a mother and trying to maintain ties to their Korean heritage.

debwalker Mar 02, 2020

When those secret letters to your crushes get mailed.....

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kwsmith
Mar 01, 2020

In this contemporary young adult book, an outrageously childish teenage girl named Lara Jean has been crushing hard on several boys in her high school. When someone mails Lara Jean's secret crush letters to all of her crushes, Lara Jean is mortified, but then discovers romance for the first time in her life. The romance is pretty tame in this book, instead much of the action focuses on the relationship between the three Song sisters.

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sheenasoberano
Feb 26, 2020

I watched the movie before reading the book and I honestly prefer the book to the movie. The book gives you a better insight into Lara Jean and her relationship with her sister Kitty and Josh more than the movie does. The movie focuses more on her relationship with Peter and it isn't a bad thing, but they seem more like minor characters than Peter. I also love how much Jenny Han incorporates Lara Jean's half Korean background with the food they eat at home, celebrating Korean traditions/holidays, and also calling LJ & her sisters the Song Sisters than the Covey Sisters. The book IS a little slow, but it doesn't take away from how well it is written in terms of timeline.

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carolwu96
Feb 13, 2020

I have not read YA fiction in forever and have never been a big fan of romance, but I did appreciate how realistic the narrative was. Lara Jean’s daily life as an Asian, big sister, and someone caught between cultures really resonated with me. Her mental activity concerning her crushes also hit me in the feels! Although I did feel that the book lacked depth, if it was just meant to be a quick fun read, who cares about depth anyway? 🤷🏻‍♀️
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As for the movie...⁣⁣
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I managed to sit through the movie but was disappointed given the hype. It not only glossed over the heavier elements, such as moral conflicts and bullying, but also took out other plots to focus on the romance. Just when I thought the movie was going to explore the way two people managed to truly understand each other despite differences in social status, the movie deviated from that too. ⁣⁣
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My biggest problem with the movie lies in the way it downplayed the whole Korean identity issue and the importance of family. While the girls in the book referred to themselves as “the Song sisters,” in the movie they referred to themselves as the Covey Sisters. Actually, very little was mentioned about the Asian identity besides the Korean smoothie and burnt cuisine, which was superficial and underlined their whiteness instead. ⁣⁣
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Similarly, while the book put a lot of emphasis on Lara Jean’s ability to self-reflect and the support system within her family, in the movie their main function seemed to be to contribute to the romance.⁣ In other words, the filmmakers took a fairly wholesome about high school life and turned it into one about a social Cinderella who managed to catch the eye of the “it” boy. ⁣
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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“Smirking, he says, 'Whatever spell you just tried to cast on me, it didn't work, so I think you need to go back to Hogwarts.'”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“I want to say yes, but I don't want to be with a boy whose heart belongs to somebody else. Just once, I want to be somebody else's first choice”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“I didn't fall for you, you tripped me!”

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FandomQueen
Jul 03, 2015

“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”

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justmae
Jul 19, 2014

"This is our life; there’s no use in asking what if. No one could ever give you the answers. I try, I really do, but it’s hard for me to accept this way of thinking. I’m always wondering about the what-ifs, about the road not taken."

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rachelsp
May 14, 2014

“Margot would say she belongs to herself. Kitty would say she belongs to no one. And I guess I would say I belong to my sisters and my dad, but that won’t always be true. To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted. To really be somebody’s, and to have them be mine.”

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rachelsp
May 14, 2014

“When someone's been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it's like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you're just clutching air and grit. That's why you can't save it all up like that.

Because by the time you finally see each other, you're catching up only on the big things, because it's too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.”

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jasmincarrera
Feb 28, 2019

This book is about a junior in high school named Lara Jean. Lara Jean keeps love letters to all the boys that she has loved before as a way to get over them. Lara Jean writes these letters as a way to pour out all of her emotions and a way to get closure from them. She even addresses them, but never actually sends them. As fate would have it, one day all five love letters are mysteriously sent out, even the one to Josh, her sisters ex boyfriend. Soon after this event, Lara Jean's love life, as well as social life, goes from imaginary to spiraling out of control. Throughout the book, Lara Jean struggles to learn to express her true emotions and learn that it's okay to be a little selfish and take risks. In the end, Lara Jean finds herself and maybe even some love.

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trin0707
Jun 29, 2016

For every boy Lara Jean has loved she writes him a letter and puts it in her hat box where they are a secret from the world. But now they aren't. When all five letters are mailed out, Lara Jean is forced to control a love life that never existed till now.

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Lidiaruiz
Oct 20, 2015

I would recommend this book to people who like romance. This book is about a girl who has wrote a letter to each boy she has ever loved. There's five letters in total. But when her letters mysteriously disappear and are sent to the guys, her life turns around. While trying to keep face with her sister's ex-boyfriend, she partners up with Peter Kevinsky. In the process of faking a relationship with him, they both fall in love. But Lara Jean will have to go through a hard time dealing with Genevieve, Peter's ex-girlfriend. Can their love survive the challenges? Find out for yourself :)

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bellacrysler
Jun 27, 2014

16 year old Lara Jean has been in love 5 times. Every time she wants to say good bye to a boy and stop loving them, she writes them love letters, seals them, addresses them, and then tucks them away in a hat box given to her my her late mother. The letters are her own little secret until one day in the spring when she returns homes to find them all sent. One by one she faces "all the boys she's loved before" only to find that who she thinks she's loved the most all along may not be the one for her, and the least expected boy from the group of 5, might just be the one.

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readingfairy
Oct 05, 2018

Coarse Language: The F-word is used twice.

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