To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han is a special book to me. It reminds me of my niece, Kayleigh, because we read it together. When she visited this past summer we would take turns reading passages out loud. Her character voices had me cracking up!
The book is about Lara Jean Song, a Korean-American high school student who is basically all of us. Whenever she falls in love with a boy, she falls in love deep. But she is too shy to ever say anything. So she writes love letters to these boys, getting it all out on paper so she can get over it and move on.
Until one day her box of love letters goes missing…..
Here are just a few of my favorites quotes from the novel:
On love: “Do you think there’s a difference? Between belonging with and belonging to?”
Lara Jean on why she writes these love letters: “If love is like a possession, maybe my letters are like my exorcisms”
On why it’s hard to connect with her sister Margot, who goes to college in Scotland: “When someone’s been gone a long time, at first you save up all the things you want to tell them. You try to keep track of everything in your head. But it’s like trying to hold on to a fistful of sand: all the little bits slip out of your hands, and then you’re just clutching air and grit. That’s why you can’t save it all up like that.
Because by the time you finally see each other, you’re catching up only on the big things, because it’s too much bother to tell about the little things. But the little things are what make up life.”
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is more than a love story. It’s a story about being a sister, about being multi-cultural, about being shy. It’s one of my most favorite contemporary young adult novels. You don’t have to be a girl or a sister or Korean-American to identify with these characters. You only have to be human.
If you haven’t read this darling book by Jenny Han, get thee to a bookstore!
P.S. I ❤ Peter Kavinsky forever!