This book follows the life of Lara Jean. When she thinks she’s done loving someone, she writes a good bye letter and keeps them inside her teal hatbox her mother gave her before she died. She has loved five guys, and there are five letters. One day someone approached her and she realizes her letter has been sent.
“If love is like a possession, maybe my letter are like my exorcisms”
The first thing I loved was how different Lara is from other girls. She isn’t this common type of girl who loves fashion, and being with a different boy every week. She likes to stay at home making cookies or just spending time with her family. She and her two sisters are called “the Song Girls”. The were inseparable until Margot went to Scotland for college. In some ways I felt like Lara Jean is me. You know, her big sister is on the other side of the world and now she has to take care of her little sister. I had to take care of my little sister since I was like 11 (I think or younger) and it was hard because as Lara Jean, I didn’t have any idea how to do it and sometimes I messed up very bad trying to do the right thing. My favorite character is Kitty, Lara’s little sister. She is nine years old but she has the mind and attitude of someone older. In some ways she is independent, sassy, funny, emotional. I would love to have a little sister like her… so full of life.
I instantly fell in love with Josh and Peter. They are really different. Josh is the kind of guy who stays at home, they guy who every parent would want for their daughters. Peter is the hot guy every girl likes, they guy who likes to go to parties, the guy who loves sports, a player (if you know what I mean). You’ll love Josh since the beginning, and Peter is someone you’ll learn to love throughout the story.
“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s the part of the risk. I don’t want to be scared anymore.”
The romance in this story wasn’t rushed. Yeah, they were in a fake relationship, but spending a lot of time together made them like each other a little bit more. At times they forgot that it was a fake relationship, that they weren’t together for real. I think that’s what I liked the most; having them realize little by little that they wanted to be together for real, that they were starting to have feelings for each other. It was sad how things ended, but I hope everything gets better in the sequel. I’m dying to read it.
“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I’m not longer consumed by my all-consuming love…My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.”
I enjoyed the concept of the letters. I’m a hopeless romantic so love letters are really cute in my opinion. I would love to check my mailbox and see love letters from my love but yeah… guys don’t do that these days. The font they used for the letters was beautiful, I really loved it. I didn’t get bored while reading this. It was so easy to follow and so interesting that I couldn’t stop. This is my first book by Jenny Han and I absolutely loved how easy to read is her writing. I’m looking forward to read more books by her, and obviously the sequel to this amazing book. I highly recommend this book; it is a good read for the summer. Make sure to pick it up… you won’t regret it.