Saturday, June 13, 2015

Badass Books: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Last week on Twitter, I said this was going to be the summer of reading. For the past six years of my life, I've had an incredibly stressful job. I would make time to read, force myself to write, plan my husband into my life. Now that I'm working somewhere else, everything has changed. I have time for the things I like. I have energy for them. So of course reading is back in my life in full force.

Summary (from Goodreads):

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

Why I read it: A lot of my friends have been reading the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You. I don't read a lot of contemporary YA, so I figured, why the hell not. Of course, I needed to read this one before I could read the sequel. So I did. You guys, I fell in love with this book.

ZOMG Yes! At first, I wasn't sure. I didn't know where it was going, but I knew I loved books about sisters. So I kept with it. And then I devoured it.

I loved Lara Jean. She was so honest and shy and unsure and sure of herself at the same time. Her character was just perfect to me. And then when the love letters happened, and the romance started to unfold, I couldn't put the damn book down.

I have to say that I'm really happy with how this romance played out. The whole time I was cheering against the boy she didn't choose because I didn't think he deserved her. And of course, I was falling in love with the same boy she was falling in love with.

Kthxbai I'm number 8 out of 14 for the hold list for the sequel, so I won't be getting to it until probably the end of the summer. I'm a little upset about it, because I would happily pick it up and go, go, go. But I think this is good for me. It will let the first book sink in and force me to do some other things until I'm ready to part with this story and pick up the next one on my list.

I strongly, highly, very much so recommend this book!

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