Saturday, July 25, 2015

To All The Boys I've Loved Before: A Review Of Sorts

I'm not the best at trying to talk about books or writing. I just read and I write and I normally don't normally think too much about the conventions of it, really. But, I like talking and I like books and I really like this blog, so I figured I'd fake my way through yet another book review on here! I just finished To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han and I think I am head over heels in love with it.

My mom purposely spoils the endings of books for herself. She reads the last few pages before she starts at page one, flips straight to the back of the book to find out the ending to make sure that she likes it before she reads. It drives me absolutely nuts. It's why she never uses her old Kindle. You can't flip to the last page (or at least, not with ease). I, however, like to be surprised, yet somehow I always end up getting the endings of books ruined for me. With this one, I accidentally looked up what I thought was just another book by her and read the description and realized that it was a sequel. OH WELL.

First thing, the book is straight up pretty. Down to the cute cover, the nice font, and just the actual writing. It's a pretty simple read narrative wise. Lara Jean Song is a very timid, "quirky" (I'm cringing at the fact that I just used that word. In my defense, Peter said it!), and family oriented girl. She likes her particular era-inspired fashion, she likes baking, and she really, really likes her sisters.

Basically, the jist of this story is that Lara Jean wrote five boys a letter in an attempt to "get over" them. She wrote these letters, sealed them, and stuck them in a hatbox her late mother gave to her. Then, somehow, the letters get sent out to these boys and she's confronted and trapped and a tad bit (understatement, for sure) embarrassed by the entire thing. Because Lara Jean likes Josh who likes Margot, Lara Jean's sister who does not like Josh anymore. Really, it's all one giant mess that Lara Jean thinks she can handle.

This story involves a few of my favorite things: stereotypical innocence, puns, adorable little sisters, and most importantly, the fake dating trope.

Fake dating is, hands down, my favorite cliche to ever exist in the history of film, television, and literature. I live and breathe faking dating scenarios and would happily read them for the rest of my natural lifetime if given the chance. Diamonds are a girls best friend? Well, fake dating tropes in books are Francesca's best friend.

This book is set up into short chapters (in about 350 pages there's 70 or so chapters), which makes it incredibly easy to be like, "okay, just one more chapter!" And then you end up binge reading fifteen more chapters because they're just so short. I really like the flow of this book, how nothing moved too slow or too fast, and just how Lara Jean told the tale of lost letters and that stupid pesky thing called love.

I'm definitely looking forward to picking up the sequel to this book, P.S. I Still Love You.

What has been your most recent read? 

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