by Jenny Han (Published April 15, 2014)
Lara Jean keeps her love letter in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved– five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.
What I Liked:
I don’t blame Lara Jean for liking him! I know you shouldn’t really fall for the player but… Is he really a player if he’s only dated 2 other girls? He’s also sweet. He knew when Lara Jean needed his help, and he took the opportunity to. Plus, he’s made out to be a really hot, popular guy with a to die for smile. How could you not fall for him, even a little bit. He also has a good taste in girls (most of the time), he thinks quirk is cute, and that’s not always appreciated how it should be.
Lara Jean Song.
She’s just like me. I’m always writing in my journal about a guy I like. Now, I may not be in love but I can totally get where she’s coming from. If you pour your heart out, you’ll probably get over it. She’s also super believably awkward. Some people will claim she’s “immature and naive for her age” or “dumb” but guess what, no one is perfect and no age group has a definite action tendency. I feel, this makes her believable. Just because you’re 17/18 like Lara Jean and not naive, doesn’t mean there isn’t someone the same age as you who is. This book is about those people, those girls. I like that. The protagonist shouldn’t always be thinking straight through the whole novel. That’d be pretty basic and boring.
The fake relationship.
Peter and Lara Jean, although not actually together through the entire novel, were a super cute couple. Technically they didn’t have to do anything together outside of public but Peter still fell in love with Kitty and vice versa and offered to help Lara Jean bake cookies rather than go to a party that all of his friends expected him to be at. Lara Jean even helped Peter do something for his mom. They were actually friends even if they didn’t think so. You could also see the love between them, even if it was little. I was really glad when Lara Jean finally admitted to herself she was still in love with him.
What I Didn’t Like:
He came back too late. Like, we get it, you finally found out Lara Jean was in love with you. But your girlfriend (her sister) broke up with her, you were/are upset about it (?) yet you still claim to Lara Jean, if she told you earlier, you would be in love with her too and you kissed her. Talk about bad timing and being confusing. By then, she had already figured out she had feelings for Peter again.
She was so rude and didn’t think of how any one else felt. No, I’m not talking about her breakup with Josh and how it affected Lara Jean and Kitty. I’m not about when she would video chat with her family and when she came back for Christmas to visit the family. She couldn’t respect her sister when she found out she was “dating” Peter Kavinsky, she spilled information to their dad without having Lara Jean pulled into the conversation (I mean, the discussion was over her) and when Lara Jean, her sister that she used to never keep secrets from, tried to explain herself, she wouldn’t believe her! It’s like she had no faith in any of her family since she left for college. How is that fair?
Two words: Rude Bee.
My new favorite book. I can’t believe how cute it was. Made me fall in love with contemporary books 5 times more. I think its a quirky little read that you’ll enjoy if you know what its like to be a teenage girl who’s awkward around guys.
9.99/10 stars. 5/5 stars.
“‘You always take the last piece of pizza… That’s rude.'” -(Lara Jean) pg. 69
“‘Just because a girl is sad, it doesn’t mean it has anything to do with PMS.'” -(Lara Jean) pg. 349