SERIES REVIEW | TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE TRILOGY BY JENNY HAN (SPOILER FREE)

July 21, 2018



Long time no see blog!

It's been a while since I did a complete series review, so it's safe to say that I'm super excited about this one. For some reason, a lot favorite book series have all been trilogies. Maybe 3 is the charm? For today's post I will be doing a complete review on the incredible series, To All the Boy's I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. Before I begin raving about how awesome this series is, I just want to mention that 1) I am more than excited for the Netflix adaptation!!! and 2) Peter Kavinsky is my new book boyfriend. I thought it would be important to make that announcement.

Let's get to the reviews!


To All the Boys I've Loved Before
Synopsis
What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control. -Goodreads

My Review
The book that started it all! I picked up this book after reading an epic fantasy, and just needed something that was fun and light-hearted. This book was exactly that for me. Lara Jean is the girl I wish I was in high school. She's so different from those around her, but there is something so innocent yet quirky about her that makes the whole book enjoyable. I love how this book had a fair amount of drama, which initially starts with all her love letters being sent out. It was just the right amount and not over the top at all. My favorite element in the book, and what would eventually be my favorite in the whole series is the family dynamic. I don't read a lot of books that have strong family relationships, so seeing that, especially in YA is refreshing. My only complaint was that I didn't love the super short chapters and wished some scenes where longer than others. Overall, I found the pacing to be great and found myself falling in love with all the characters.

RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS



P.S. I Still Love You 
Synopsis
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing. -Goodreads

My Review
Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first one. My biggest complaint was the introduction of a love triangle that completely threw me off, and one in which I found to be quite unnecessary. I'm such a big supporter of Lara Jean and Peter and anything that threatens that is a thumbs down for me. Apart from that, I found this book to be a really good halfway point in the series as a whole. As with the first book, P.S. I Love You does an incredible job of capturing the life of a teenager in high school. The ridiculous drama with friends or ex-friends I should say, boy troubles, navigating life at home and at school all resemble the perfect high school drama story.


RATING: 3.5 OUT OF 5 STARS



Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Synopsis
Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? -Goodreads

My Review
The conclusion to the series aka, the book that broke my heart. I didn't realize how attached I was to these books until I read the final chapter with tears threatening to fall from my eyes. Always and Forever, Lara Jean wrapped up everything so nicely. So many cute moments between Lara Jean and Peter that made my heart swoon, and so much growing up for everyone. When I take a look back at these characters in the first book, I'm so proud to see how much they've matured. They are all so different, but still hold those special qualities that make them who they are.


RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS


This trilogy is definitely going down as one of my favorites! I cannot wait for the Netflix adaption (as stated earlier), the cast and trailer look very promising! If you guys are in the need of a quick, fun read for the summer, then I highly recommend To All the Boys I've Loved Before


SERIES RATING: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

Until next time,

k.m.

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