To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before doesn’t really fit into the older trend of books I’ve been going with recently but I’ve had it on my list to read for a really long time. I know a lot of other people loved it and along with the fact that it’s being made into a movie, I started reading it with high hopes.
As most YA books are, its a great coming of age story that makes you look at your own life and think about things. It would have done that for me if I was younger but I can see how it can be enlightening to others. Without giving too much of the story away, it’s about a girl who wrote letters to (you guessed it) all the boys she’s ever loved and somehow they get sent to them and then she has to deal with the fallout.
It took me a little while to get into the book which I think is just because I don’t relate to that age anymore. It’s almost been a decade since I was seventeen and present day Me would have handled things differently but then there would be no book. I had to think a lot about what I was like at that age and then just not think about what present me would do. With that said it was a good read. It kept me engaged and it was well written. It was nice to see her grow up as the book progressed and how her decision making process changed as well. She literally grew up throughout the story. It had the drama and the humour that all good books have and then it really pulled at my sister heartstrings as well.
I love how the sister dynamic changed and how even though they can feel it changing, it’s still hard to deal with. I think she captured their relationship really well and capitalized on it to increase the drama. I may also think that because I have a sister but it seemed really genuine. The one thing I didn’t like was that the book ended without resolving what I really wanted her to deal with. I feel like it left too much for the sequel. It kind of ended mid sentence so now to keep my curiosity at bay I have to go read the next one like now!
I have high hopes for the movie because even the book skips forward a bit from chapter to chapter which might lend to a movie better than a tv show. Plus Janel Parrish is starring in it as Margot and all of the other actors seem to match the picture in my head of what they looked like so I’m somewhat happy already.