To All the Boys I've Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han

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ISBN-13: 9781442426702
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 04/15/2014
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 12,375
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 630L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.

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To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before


  • JOSH IS MARGOT’S BOYFRIEND, BUT I guess you could say my whole family is a little in love with him. It’s hard to say who most of all. Before he was Margot’s boyfriend, he was just Josh. He was always there. I say always, but I guess that’s not true. He moved next door five years ago but it feels like always.

    My dad loves Josh because he’s a boy and my dad is surrounded by girls. I mean it: all day long he is surrounded by females. My dad is an ob-gyn, and he also happens to be the father of three daughters, so it’s like girls, girls, girls all day. He also likes Josh because Josh likes comics and he’ll go fishing with him. My dad tried to take us fishing once, and I cried when my shoes got mud on them, and Margot cried when her book got wet, and Kitty cried because Kitty was still practically a baby.

    Kitty loves Josh because he’ll play cards with her and not get bored. Or at least pretend to not get bored. They make deals with each other—if I win this next hand, you have to make me a toasted crunchy-peanut-butter-sandwich, no crusts. That’s Kitty. Inevitably there won’t be crunchy peanut butter and Josh will say too bad, pick something else. But then Kitty will wear him down and he’ll run out and buy some, because that’s Josh.

    If I had to say why Margot loves him, I think maybe I would say it’s because we all do.

    We are in the living room, Kitty is pasting pictures of dogs to a giant piece of cardboard. There’s paper and scraps all around her. Humming to herself, she says, “When Daddy asks me what I want for Christmas, I am just going to say, ‘Pick any one of these breeds and we’ll be good.’?”

    Margot and Josh are on the couch; I’m lying on the floor, watching TV. Josh popped a big bowl of popcorn, and I devote myself to it, handfuls and handfuls of it.

    A commercial comes on for perfume: a girl is running around the streets of Paris in an orchid-colored halter dress that is thin as tissue paper. What I wouldn’t give to be that girl in that tissue-paper dress running around Paris in springtime! I sit up so suddenly I choke on a kernel of popcorn. Between coughs I say, “Margot, let’s meet in Paris for my spring break!” I’m already picturing myself twirling with a pistachio macaron in one hand and a raspberry one in the other.

    Margot’s eyes light up. “Do you think Daddy will let you?”

    “Sure, it’s culture. He’ll have to let me.” But it’s true that I’ve never flown by myself before. And also I’ve never even left the country before. Would Margot meet me at the airport, or would I have to find my own way to the hostel?

    Josh must see the sudden worry on my face because he says, “Don’t worry. Your dad will definitely let you go if I’m with you.”

    I brighten. “Yeah! We can stay at hostels and just eat pastries and cheese for all our meals.”

    “We can go to Jim Morrison’s grave!” Josh throws in.

    “We can go to a parfumerie and get our personal scents done!” I cheer, and Josh snorts.

    “Um, I’m pretty sure ‘getting our scents done’ at a parfumerie would cost the same as a week’s stay at the hostel,” he says. He nudges Margot. “Your sister suffers from delusions of grandeur.”

    “She is the fanciest of the three of us,” Margot agrees.

    “What about me?” Kitty whimpers.

    “You?” I scoff. “You’re the least fancy Song girl. I have to beg you to wash your feet at night, much less take a shower.”

    Kitty’s face gets pinched and red. “I wasn’t talking about that, you dodo bird. I was talking about Paris.”

    Airily, I wave her off. “You’re too little to stay at a hostel.”

    She crawls over to Margot and climbs in her lap, even though she’s nine and nine is too big to sit in people’s laps. “Margot, you’ll let me go, won’t you?”

    “Maybe it could be a family vacation,” Margot says, kissing her cheek. “You and Lara Jean and Daddy could all come.”

    I frown. That’s not at all the Paris trip I was imagining. Over Kitty’s head Josh mouths to me, We’ll talk later, and I give him a discreet thumbs-up.

    * * *

    It’s later that night; Josh is long gone. Kitty and our dad are asleep. We are in the kitchen. Margot is at the table on her computer; I am sitting next to her, rolling cookie dough into balls and dropping them in cinnamon and sugar. Snickerdoodles to get back in Kitty’s good graces. Earlier, when I went in to say good night, Kitty rolled over and wouldn’t speak to me because she’s still convinced I’m going to try to cut her out of the Paris trip. My plan is to put the snickerdoodles on a plate right next to her pillow so she wakes up to the smell of fresh-baked cookies.

    Margot’s being extra quiet, and then, out of nowhere, she looks up from her computer and says, “I broke up with Josh tonight. After dinner.”

    My cookie-dough ball falls out of my fingers and into the sugar bowl.

    “I mean, it was time,” she says. Her eyes aren’t red-rimmed; she hasn’t been crying, I don’t think. Her voice is calm and even. Anyone looking at her would think she was fine. Because Margot is always fine, even when she’s not.

    “I don’t see why you had to break up,” I say. “Just ’cause you’re going to college doesn’t mean you have to break up.”

    “Lara Jean, I’m going to Scotland, not UVA. Saint Andrews is nearly four thousand miles away.” She pushes up her glasses. “What would be the point?”

    I can’t even believe she would say that. “The point is, it’s Josh. Josh who loves you more than any boy has ever loved a girl!”

    Margot rolls her eyes at this. She thinks I’m being dramatic, but I’m not. It’s true—that’s how much Josh loves Margot. He would never so much as look at another girl.

    Suddenly she says, “Do you know what Mommy told me once?”

    “What?” For a moment I forget all about Josh. Because no matter what I am doing in life, if Margot and I are in the middle of an argument, if I am about to get hit by a car, I will always stop and listen to a story about Mommy. Any detail, any remembrance that Margot has, I want to have it too. I’m better off than Kitty, though. Kitty doesn’t have one memory of Mommy that we haven’t given her. We’ve told her so many stories so many times that they’re hers now. “Remember that time . . . ,” she’ll say. And then she’ll tell the story like she was there and not just a little baby.

    “She told me to try not to go to college with a boyfriend. She said she didn’t want me to be the girl crying on the phone with her boyfriend and saying no to things instead of yes.”

    Scotland is Margot’s yes, I guess. Absently, I scoop up a mound of cookie dough and pop it in my mouth.

    “You shouldn’t eat raw cookie dough,” Margot says.

    I ignore her. “Josh would never hold you back from anything. He’s not like that. Remember how when you decided to run for student-body president, he was your campaign manager? He’s your biggest fan!”

    At this, the corners of Margot’s mouth turn down, and I get up and fling my arms around her neck. She leans her head back and smiles up at me. “I’m okay,” she says, but she isn’t, I know she isn’t.

    “It’s not too late, you know. You can go over there right now and tell him you changed your mind.”

    Margot shakes her head. “It’s done, Lara Jean.” I release her and she closes her laptop. “When will the first batch be ready? I’m hungry.”

    I look at the magnetic egg timer on the fridge. “Four more minutes.” I sit back down and say, “I don’t care what you say, Margot. You guys aren’t done. You love him too much.”

    She shakes her head. “Lara Jean,” she begins, in her patient Margot voice, like I am a child and she is a wise old woman of forty-two.

    I wave a spoonful of cookie dough under Margot’s nose, and she hesitates and then opens her mouth. I feed it to her like a baby. “Wait and see, you and Josh will be back together in a day, maybe two.” But even as I’m saying it, I know it’s not true. Margot’s not the kind of girl to break up and get back together on a whim; once she’s decided something, that’s it. There’s no waffling, no regrets. It’s like she said: when she’s done, she’s just done.

    I wish (and this is a thought I’ve had many, many times, too many times to count) I was more like Margot. Because sometimes it feels like I’ll never be done.

    Later, after I’ve washed the dishes and plated the cookies and set them on Kitty’s pillow, I go to my room. I don’t turn the light on. I go to my window. Josh’s light is still on.

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    To All the Boys I've Loved Before 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 261 reviews.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    At first I was rooting for the first guy but later I started rooting for the other one which I didn't expect!!!!! It was such a good read, I read it in one day. Once I started, I couldn't stop. I would recommend this to evryone
    Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han Book One of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: April 15, 2014 Rating: 5 stars Source: ARC won from a giveaway Summary (from Goodreads): Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? 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. What I Liked: I don't even know how to begin this review. I read this book several days ago, and I'm writing this review now, NOT because I'm lazy and couldn't write it right away, but because I couldn't find the words to create a review for this book. I still can't, honestly, but the review is supposed to go up on Monday (which you would be reading now), so I have to write something. I already know I'm not going to be doing this book (or my love for this book) justice, so... just know that I love this book so so so so so SO MUCH. Like, a lot. This book follows the first person narration of Lara Jean, the middle child of three daughters. Her older sister, Margot, is about to go to college in Scotland for her freshman year. Her younger sister, Kitty, is nine years old, and needs her older sisters. Their mother is dead, and their father is a single parent, raising three daughters.  But then there is the small problem of Lara Jean's love letters being sent. They aren't really love letters - they're Lara Jean's "goodbyes", letters that were for her to have closure, and for no one else to see. Well, someone sent them. And four of the five boys got the letters (one was sent back). Peter Kavinsky was smug and gloating. Josh Sanderson (who is now Margot's ex-boyfriend) was pensive and slightly regretful. Lucas Krapf is gay. McClaren (I can't remember his full name) never said anything to Lara Jean. So, this story is really two stories - about Lara Jean's family life, and her personal life. I LOVE how Jenny Han focuses on both - many times in contemporary novels, we see the romance side really fleshed out, but the family side not-so-fleshed-out. In this book, the importance of sisterhood is really there. Lara Jean must "grow up" and be somewhat of a better role model for Kitty. BUT, Lara Jean must also keep a relationship with her sister in Scotland. Also, notice how one of of the five boys that Lara Jean used to love is Josh, the next-door neighbor, the best friend, and Margot's boyfriend (right until she went to Scotland). That is something that the sisters must reconcile.  I promise I have not given anything away, in terms of the romance. I promise. The romance is so, so perfect, in my opinion. I've seen some reviewers say that they weren't feeling the romance, but I LOVED it. Lara Jean decides to take on a fake boyfriend, so that Josh won't think that she is still interested in him, and so that Margot can get back together with Josh when she comes back in December (and in that way, Lara Jean won't be guilty of liking Margot's ex-boyfriend). But with all things, it's hard not to fall for the fake boyfriend. So, you might think to yourself, but Alyssa, that sounds a bit like a love triangle? Lara Jean and Josh? Lara Jean and fake boyfriend? Margot and Josh? WHAT?! Trust me, it doesn't seem like a love triangle when you are reading the book. One guy and one girl are CLEARLY meant for each other. I love the romance in this book - it is very well-developed and the progression is gradual and subtle. There were specific scenes that were so poignant and beautiful, but they were the smallest things, like the boy putting his head in Lara Jean's lap, or buying her a donut. LOVE IT. I'm not telling you who ends up with who or who the fake boyfriend is, but I'm definitely all the way on one boy's side. I don't dislike the other, but there are two distinct pairs and I think the author is going in that direction as well. But I think the author is making the characters work for it, which is a tiny bit irritating but totally worth the read. The plot of this book is straightforward except not. This book starts in the fall (beginning of a school year), and ends around Christmas time. It's about Lara Jean's romantic journey - figuring out her feelings for Josh and the fake boyfriend and even some of the other letter recipients. It's also about Lara Jean's friendship with a not-so-great influence, Chris. It's about her relationship with her older sister, Margot, her young sister, Kitty, and her father. I would even say it's about her friendship with Josh, even though he is one of the boys she was totally in love with, according to her letter. The author's writing style is so great! It's cute and girly and definitely fits Lara Jean's personality. I was a bit taken aback when I started reading, because the narration was very informal and bubbly and cute, and I'm so used to a more serious tone. But I really liked this - it worked for Lara Jean, and this book.  I seriously loved this book so, so much, people. I don't think I've said nearly enough about this book, but I think you all understand. I re-read this book about an hour after I finished it, which almost NEVER HAPPENS. It's rare, these days, that I have a desire to re-read books, especially so soon after reading it the first time. Well, this book had that effect on me! I NEED BOOK TWO! What I Did Not Like: That it ended. NOT the way it ended, but the fact that it ended. I HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE SECOND BOOK?! What madness is this? Would I Recommend It: Oh my gosh YES! I'm not a contemporary person, but this book BLEW ME AWAY. I was excited to read it beforehand (which is surprising, since it's contemporary), so I had a feeling that I would be pretty good (I don't read just ANY contemporary novel). Well, this book was not just good, or great - it was FANTASTIC.  So, contemporary fan or not, you should read this book! It's *kind of* like Rowell's Fangirl - in the sense that anyone can read this book and love it, because it's easy to relate to this heroine and her life in some way or another. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone (which is super helpful, I know. Just trust me).  Rating: 5 stars. This book was simply AMAZING. I loved everything about it, even the heartbreaking yet beautiful ending. Trust me when I say that I will be HUNTING DOWN every and any advanced reader copy of the second book (if they are printed), because I must read that book AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Seriously, read this book. The story is so much fun and the teenager's are portrayed so vividly and realistically. This is a page turner and ultimately quite a lovely story about sisters. You know, I bet most of us were like Lara Jean back in high school. That is one reason this book resounded so strongly with me. Lara Jean is a teenager whose mother has passed away. Her older sister Margot has kept the household organized and together. But now Margot is leaving for college. Lara Jean has to step up and prove herself to Margot. In the meantime, Lara Jean has a big problem. The box where she has always kept her letters has gone missing. Oh, yeah. The missing letters are to all of her ex crushes/ex boyfriends. They were never meant to actually be read by the boys. It was just Lara Jean's way of coming to closure over her failed romances. Then she finds out the letters were mailed. There's a misconception that characters of color or characters that are at all outside of the stereotypical white American teenager character-type are too difficult for the general YA reading public to relate to. TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE wholly demolishes that misconception - hurrah! Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Amazing book. AWFUL ENDING. If there is not a second book I am crying myself to sleep for the rest of my life.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    For all the girls who have ever had an unrequited crush or a “what if” relationship, this is the book for you. I absolutely loved this book and devoured it in two days because of Jenny Han’s humorous and relatable heroine and the page-turning plot. Lara Jean Covey is a typical high school student dealing with her sister going off to college in Scotland, babysitting her rambunctious little sister, and surviving junior year. And like any girl, she also deals with crushes and boy drama. Lara Jean writes a private letter to the boys she has loved from afar and explains her feelings so that she can move on. But when those letters actually get mailed out, Lara Jean must own up to her feelings and face the biggest “what if” of her love life. This endearing and funny book is a great read for anyone who has ever wondered what would have happened if they had just spoken up or acted on their feelings. Jenny Han transports readers back to high school and answers the all-consuming question of “what if.”
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book is well put together, organized, believable, witty, charming story! I could not put it down. Definately a page turner and an absolute joy to relax to.. worth the read!!!!!! &star
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    such a good book , it was really addicting to read! the only thing about it is that the chapters sometimes ended awkwardly but other than that it's a perfect book
    MyndiL More than 1 year ago
    This book was suggested to me by a librarian at my local library. She described it as a "feel good" book and I have to agree. If you enjoy heartwarming stories about family, love, and growing up, you'll really enjoy this story. Laura Jean is what we all remember being like as a teenager. Wanting to be in love, wanting to make the right choices, wanting to please her family. She is a truly relatable character and I found myself sympathizing with her from the very first page. Even as a grown woman, I can remember those feelings of High School romance and embarrassments and crushes and friendships and how it all seemed so important and everything was so dramatic all of the time. I can't say I was ever in a position that Laura Jean was in, but I can certainly see myself doing something similar in the same set of circumstances. The book ends with an elipses so you know there is more to come. I am very eager to read the next part of Laura Jean's journey and I have my hopes for what will become of the people we were introduced to in this book. If you enjoy YA realistic fiction, you are going to love this book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I have no words, except for these of course: READ THE BOOK
    yourstrulyjulie More than 1 year ago
    Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before is charming and delightful and unique and full of character in the same way that a vintage dress is. Lighthearted & adorable but also unexpected. It's sunnily inspirational the way a photo on Pinterest is. It's bright and witty. I adored Lara Jean even though I'm definitely a Margot. The family dynamics were incredibly fun. I sometimes forget how important fun is in reading--but gems like Han's book are lovely remidners. I savored and swallowed this book up like a lemon tart and I can't wait to devour the next one in the series! (mintandink.wordpress.com)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Before I start my review I would like to admit this is in my top 5 favorite books. Ever. I must say this is a book where you will laugh, cry, but most of all learn the meaning of what true love really is whether it be between a girl and a boy or sisters. Thank God there is a sequel or I would have had to written one myself and trust me it would not have done this beautiful book justice. Although Genevieve and Josh were my least favorite characters they made me love this book anymore because of the realism! "To All the Boys I've Ever Loved" has an unspeakably great message that I cannot put into words. Please, please, please, do yourself a favor and read this book. You will not be disappointed. Sincerely, S.J
    SydC More than 1 year ago
    I've read The Summer I Turned Pretty series and fell in love with it, so I had to read this book and it's just as good! I definitely recommend it to those who like romance/ teen books.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I think this will be one of the many books I would want my daugther to read one day. Good coming of age novel. I can relate to the heroine and her quikiness. I hope there is a second to this.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I absolutly fell in love with this book! It was amazing. Although the main character, Lara Jean's fear of falling in love is slightly annoying, I can only hope that one day I can fall in love like Peter and she did. You can tell right from the start, that both have feeling for each other, and just thinking about this kind of love makes my heart melt. I finsished this book in 24 hrs and I couldnt put it down. I feel in Love with the characters, even though I wasnt a fan of Margot. This book is all about leaving your comfort zone and doing what your heart tells you. I would definetly recomend this book for anyone because after I finished it all I wanted was to fall in love like the two protagonists in this book!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I couldn't put this book down. It was surprisingly good. I will say at the end I was really hoping to see threre was a sequal, and was quite bummed to see there is not. Would love to hear what happens with the charscters next, hint hint.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I absolutely adored this book, for many reasons, its about first true love and crushes you never admit. What girl cant relate to that.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book!! It started a little slow for me at first, but it didn't take long to pick up. After that it was hard for me to put it down. Some people might like books with more depth and seriousness (if that's even a word) but if you like a light, occasionally funny, sweet book this is for you.
    majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
    Jenny Han is just an amazing contemporary writer. To All the Boys I've Loved Before was one of my most anticipated books of 2014.. and basically a book I was waiting from Jenny Han ever since she wrote The Summer trilogy… and that was years ago. To say I had high expectations of it is an understatement. But To All the Boys was everything I ever wanted in a contemporary, it was so so cute, adorable, fun, have I mentioned cute? and I love love loved the main protagonist Lara Jean. She's half korean and I LOVED that. I am such a huge fan of the korean culture and even went on vacation to South Korea so reading up about her culture and background just made me so happy. The synopsis is one of the best synopses I've ever read in a contemporary novel. She's a genius, seriously. Her secret letters to all her crushes get mailed to them all? the catastrophe! the awkwardness that will ensue, and the promised hilarity were just too exciting! Of course, without a doubt, Jenny Han delivered. She was able to let these characters come to life and imprint on the readers.. I still remember them all, Lara Jean, Kitty, and Margot, known as the Song girls, as well as Josh and Peter. Also, Han knew how to write a book from a teenage girl's perspective.. it was believable and it showed through the writing. Lara Jean herself was such an adorable character and I loved her to pieces. The situation she was put in was so embarrassing but the way she handled it was just how any panicky teenager would. I especially loved young Kitty and her cute yet lethal temper. That girl can hold a grudge and I just loved her know it all attitude too. As for Josh and Peter, and all the other boys in the letters, I really liked them. I truly loved one of them but I don't want to say which one in order to not skew your perspective before starting the book. However I adored him and I just loved his relationship with Lara Jean. It was swoon worthy yet innocent yet cute yet frustrating, yet (insert every other emotion you can think of). Basically, these two were one hell of a team! To All the Boys isn't just fluffy, as with all of Han's books, all the characters go through character development and you witness that gradually. Lara Jean in the beginning of the book is a different, yet the same, Lara Jean at the end. She's more mature, has more life experience that made her grow, and a, not better per say, more developed version of her self. I loved the dynamic between the Song girls and I wanted to get in their sisterly hugs because of how adorable they were. I can't say enough positive things about this book. I loved it to pieces and I will be re-reading it soon because I need to get back into Lara Jean's world, it puts a smile on my face and gives me happy feelings <3. I can't wait for the second book, P.S. I Still Love You, and I am so impatient.. but one thing I know for sure, I am going to love it! 
    Anonymous 14 days ago
    Awesome book! Can't get the story out of my head. I recommend that if you are a teenager then you should read this and you will feel the love that goes on.
    Anonymous 26 days ago
    Never watched the movie but I heard it was a good book.
    Anonymous 3 months ago
    This book is a good read for any teen or young adult who enjoys books that are relatable to the everyday life. The way that Jenny Haun writes the drama, romance, and the characters personalities makes the book more intriguing. For me, this wasn’t a cliche book about two teens falling in love, the comedy and the drama that happens within makes it different than the other books. My favorite part about this book is the humor, the way its written you can tell that it’s not forceful jokes they’re very subtle and clever. Also, if books aren’t your thing, the movie was also very good and it brought the characters to life.
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    This is must read romance book Said by perfessonal Movue is gud to:):D 5 stars
    Anonymous 6 months ago
    This book was and is now my favorite book I’ve read
    Anonymous 6 months ago