I was immediately drawn to this book after falling head over heels in love with The Summer I Turned Pretty, I just loved the plot and the relationship and I couldn’t fault Jenny Han’s writing ability. As soon as I picked up this book I knew I was in for a similar read, equally addictive, with loveable characters and many relatable parts. I actually found myself smiling at some parts of this book because I was so hooked on what was happening and the relationships of the characters.
This book follows Lara Jean, a creative and unique teenager, confident in herself yet quiet to those who see her. Throughout the years she has documented every boy who has ever touched her heart and to forget about them she makes a point of writing them a letter, spilling every last feeling she has for them onto the page before sealing it in an envelope and storing it in her hat box. This process has worked for her for many years, or at least it did until someone posted the letters and her past loves began to ask questions.
I really liked this plot and couldn’t put the book down, at first I wanted to really love this book because it was written by Jenny Han whose work I have recently fallen in love with. As I held this book with such high expectations I am so happy to say I was not disappointed, I really loved it. The characters were likeable, some even lovable and I loved how everyone had a different personality, it really did have a vast quantity of people making the plot.
Lara Jean was an amazing protagonist as throughout the book you witness not only the massive issue of the boys she loved finding out her true feeling but it’s nice to watch her grow not only as a person, but more comfortable and confident with herself. The love triangle in the novel really sets the scene and it was a little surprising and equally satisfactory to see Lara Jean making an important and self-confident decision in the end.
Peter Kavinsky was a real charmer from the beginning to the end and I couldn’t help but smirk at some of the things he said and did in the novel. As for Josh I couldn’t help but find it sad just how confused he was and yet I still had a soft spot for him throughout the plot. Kitty, the little sister was a real tough one and I loved that for her age she was so wise and strong yet Margo seemed older and held more responsibility but I couldn’t help sensing resent in her portrayal for having to grow up so quickly and take the reins.
The relationship theme throughout the book was really gripping from family relationships, to cultural and love interests. There were so many interesting angles to this plot that it felt like I got something different from it each time, either way one thing was definite, it made me miss that feeling of being young and discovering those initial feelings for someone, th buzz of excitement and the fear they might kiss you.
I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads because I just enjoyed it so much, it really does fall into the genre of young adult so I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys it. Also any fans of Jenny Han, this is the book for you. I can honestly say that I was sad to see this book end but it was left on such a cliff-hanger that I had no option but to head straight into the next book. I don’t know how anyone could have waited for the sequel as it would have been a real struggle.