Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before By Jenny Han

“I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are best because they are beginnings.” – Jenny Han, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

You’ve been feeling kind of down, and want to read a book that makes you feel better.

Hmmm……what could you choose? Maybe there’s a popular book you have that you haven’t read yet.

Suddenly, you remember buying To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han.

You loved the movie, so why not read the book?

Lara Jean Covey’s journey to adulthood through her relationship with Peter Kavinsky really touched your heart. Her relationship with her family was also great to see in a world where family isn’t valued.

The book starts off less dramatically than the movie. It goes into more detail about the characters, and Lara Jean’s family life.

The main character is sensitive and a bit naive; you think it’s cute.

The movie is funnier, faster paced, and more dramatic than the book.

The best way to describe To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is that the movie captures the spirit of the book. It’s not a literal translation, but still hits all the main points.

The characters each have their own personality.

You really relate to Lara Jean as the main character. Her positive personality reminds you of how positive you try to be.

There are some moments and quotes from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before that you definitely remember from the movie. Lara Jean making cupcakes and her father saying that he’s never seen her as happy as she is with Peter are two memorable moments.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before also includes some cookie recipes after the story so that you can re-create some of what the characters made for Christmas.

Between To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before as a book and a movie, the movie has a better ending. Peter and Lara Jean’s relationship is more clear and ends on a positive note. The book leaves things kind of unfinished.

You would recommend To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before to people who……

  • Loved the movie and want more
  • Relate to Lara Jean as a character
  • Want to read a book with culturally diverse characters (Lara Jean & her sisters are half Korean)
  • Want to read a familiar story

People who didn’t enjoy To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before as a movie are better off skipping.

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