To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Trilogy by Jenny Han
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before- 4/5
- P.S. I Still Love You- 3/5
- Always and Forever, Lara Jean- DNF
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead 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.
I still have book-hungover and I’ve sworn off of contemporary YA for a while after reading this series. The first book was great- light and cute and very addictive. Your usual high school drama with an appealing story of letters to crushes (not meant to be sent and keepsakes only) accidentally sent out. I was totally hooked, I couldn’t stop reading. However, I didn’t find the characters interesting enough. They’re the usual high school teens I’ve seen and read a thousand times. The jock and the most popular girl (of course, she had to be mean) being an item. Then, the jock started noticing the unpopular girl. Sounds familiar right? But hey, don’t get fooled. How they got there and the story behind it is amusing and compelling. And with a cliffhanger ending.
The second book is high on emotion but I did not like it as much as the first. The plot is not as clever and funny. It is just full of emotional buildup and teenage angst. I find Peter K’s loyalty to his ex (the mean, manipulative, popular girl) unbearable. I know that it is to build tension and conflict but it is over the top loyalty, it’s no longer good for Peter and Lara Jean to be together. So when they did get back together in the end, I didn’t see WHY. It’s like LJ just suddenly realized that she loves Peter K and everything he did wrong was forgotten. No resolution, no nothing. Let’s get back together-just-to-end-the-hell-out-of-it. Now, I hate you both.
The third book was so annoyingly perfect and cheesy. I cringe every minute. I love cheese on my love stories. But remember, how I felt about them in book 2. So, NO NO NO, I can’t be happy for them and I couldn’t bring myself to finish this book for the life of me. I roll my eyes whenever I remember Peter K and LJ (rolling my eyes now). And this is where I’ve decided to ditch YA contemporary(for a while at least) because I can’t get over a book in a bad way.