To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han (2015) (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #1)
Themes //Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages // 355
I feel ashamed to say that I only picked this book up so that I could watch the film, but I don’t feel ashamed to say that I absolutely loved it and I think it may be one of my favourite audiobooks. This is a very easy read and a cosy story, it made me desperate for Autumn and Winter, and it caused me to fall in love with so many of these characters. If you don’t know, this book is about Lara Jean who somehow gets stuck in an embarassing situation, love letters she’s written in the past have been posted to their recipients. Not a thing anyone wants to happen to them, but I think Lara Jean handles it well.
This story is about her covering for her mistakes and admitions in these letters, trying to save face and also finding her way after her sister leaves for university in Scotland (this book is set in America). A lot is happening to our main character, it’s a new school year and she’s having to learn to deal with a lot of firsts, she’s taking care of those in her house, she’s dealing with boys in a way she hasn’t had to before, and she’s finding her footing with a new sort of relationship with her sister.
At times I wondered if I’m becoming too young for books still set in schools, but actually I really like them, they’re easy reads and there’s something warm and comforting about them, so for now I will keep reading them. The writing style of this book was particularly well done though, it was easy to love Lara Jean and her family, including Josh, the boy next door (how’s that for a spin on the stereotype?!). She has an eight year old sister, so I emphathised with the big age gap, I myself having a seventeen year age gap between me and my little sister, although Kitty in this book seemed a little easier to deal with. But the dynamic of her household is just so lovely to read about, there’s a real sense of community, everyone looks out for everyone and it was comforting to read about such a lovely environment after reading a dystopian book.
I have been quick to jump on downloading the other two books in this series on Audible, the narrator is brilliant, she has such a lovely and soothing voice that really suits Lara Jean’s narration. I found myself listening to this audiobook at every chance I got, at only around 8 hours it took me just two days to complete and I loved every second of it. I wanted to live in the world of this book, the little tight knit family unit, the closeness of Josh and the Song girls, it’s just so lovely and what friendships and families should be. Sure there are issues and disagreements, but ultimately this all made for a really enjoyable read.
If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I’d really advice you to. It was sat on my TBR for far too long and now I can’t wait to watch the film and continue with the rest of the audiobooks of this series!