Written by American author Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about Lara Jean Song, an Asian-American high schooler. The middle child of three girls, she is close with her older sister Margot and has helped to take care of their younger sister Kitty since their mother passed away. Their father is devoted to his family and works hard as a doctor to provide for his three daughters.

The title refers to letters that Lara Jean has written to five different boys that she’s loved over the years, and keeps in a special hatbox in her bedroom. One day, though, she finds that her letters have been sent  and now has to deal with the consequences. This becomes especially difficult since the guys include Margot’s former boyfriend Josh and popular classmate Peter. With Margot away at college in Scotland, Lara Jean must deal with the situation while assuming a new leadership role in her family.

There are several elements I like about this story. The single parent element is present in a lot of novels, but I like Han’s depiction of Lara Jean suddenly realizing she has to take on more responsibility after Margot leaves.  I found I could relate to this, having lived like an only child for a long time after my brother left for college when I was 15.

I also liked the use of regular mail as a plot device. In the digital age, most of the novels I’ve read have included an email, picture, or some form of electronic entity as the catalyst. It was nice to have plain old letters serve as the catalyst for a change. 15749186

Upon hearing of the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, I will definitely be checking it out. The only hitch is having to wait until the e-book is available to borrow on my Kindle. Ironic, considering the books are about written letters.

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