Hey guys! It’s the middle of the week again and – yes, this is really me – I’m reading a mushy, girly book. It’s got swirly writing on the cover and a pink spine and everything. It’s just not what I would normally pick up.
But, I told myself that this year I’d branch out and try new things. I’m planning to read longer books, horror, contemporary, and – with very carefully vetting and usually assurance/headshakes from my friend Maraia over at Buecher Monster – some girly, mushy books. But not too mushy. There’s got to be substance, or it’s just like a bad milkshake – makes you feel sick when you’re reading it, and wasn’t worth the time or money during it anyway.
So, with that caveat, I decided to look at Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. A lot of friends who aren’t usually into this kind of book had given it good reviews on Goodreads, so I tentatively picked it up.
Here’s what I’m thinking so far!
Why did you decide to pick up this book? Content or cover?
Kind of neither, and both! So, it is a pretty cover, albeit one I’d usually glance at and skim over without even realising because it just screams LOVE AND MUSH AND ROMANCE <333!! In terms of the content, again, it’s a blurb I’d skim read and shove the book back on the shelf after normally, but I decided that in the spirit of trying, this one sounded like it might have substance.
It’s about a girl called Lara Jean who has written a letter to every crush she’s ever had, and keeps it in a hat box in her room. These are love letters; private thoughts and memories poured out onto paper to exorcise her feelings towards her crushes when she decides for one reason or another that it’s time to move on. Somehow, these letters disappear from her hat box and appear in the postboxes of all the boys she’s ever loved. That cringe element – the searing shame of unexpected embarrassment – is something I’m sure we can all relate to, and that’s what hooked me in; that empathy coupled with a need to know how it gets resolved. So I’ll say content!
Who’s your favourite character so far, and why?
I haven’t really gotten to know many characters yet, but I’d say maybe Lara Jean’s sisters – Margot kind of reminds me of Hermione, and Kitty for some reason reminds me of Boo from Monsters Inc – loves big, hurts big!
WILL YOU FINISH THIS ONE?
You know, I think I will!
THIS BOOK REMINDS ME OF…
Erm. Here’s where I can’t really compare, having not really read any books like this before! I think the closest comparison I could make of something I’ve read is the Girls in Love series by Jacqueline Wilson.
It reminds me of it because it’s about love when you’re young and easily embarrassed, and every faux pas in the romance (or lack thereof) department is scorchingly mortifying. The way it’s told through the eyes of the girl who’s not used to any of this sort of thing, and is just bumbling through trying to keep her head above water is very reminiscent of Girls in Love too.
WHAT KIND OF READ IS THIS? (SLOW BUT INTERESTING, CAN’T PUT IT DOWN…)
Somewhere in the middle. I’m not dying to pick it back up immediately, but once I do, I don’t want to put it down. The characters are relatable, it’s a quick and relatable story, and seems like a good book to breeze through after something more intense. Who knows, I might even pick up the second one!!
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