To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han | Book Review


“I suppose in matters of the heart, there’s no predicting how a person will or won’t behave.”

Image result for to all the boys I've loved before coverTitle: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1
Author: Jenny Han
Published: April 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary, YA, romance
Pages: 355
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 / 5)
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This review is spoiler free!



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.

(This synopsis is from Goodreads.)

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It’s More Like a Love Angle…. Acute one, to be exact

One trope I see often in young adult novels is love triangles.

If you don’t know what a love triangle is, it’s basically two people who love the same person, and the story is probably about who to choose in the end. In most cases, it’s two boys in love with one girl, and the girl makes a huge deal on who to choose.

It might be just me, but I don’t get understand them.  First of all, it should be called a love ANGLE unless the two boys/girls who are pining for the main character love each other as well. Does that make any sense?

Here’s a picture to clear up any confusions I probably created:

Get it now? Okay, cool.

If done correctly, love triangles can be great. But here’s the thing, I’ve only read one series that I believe created the perfect love triangle. You probably know which series I’m speaking of.

*cough cough* (in case you didn’t know which series I was talking about)

The main reason I don’t like love triangles is because I don’t think they’re realistic. Now, I’m not saying I’m a love expert or anything (because at my age, it would be kind of weird if I was), but love triangles aren’t natural. If you’re in love with two people, then it’s likely that you don’t love either of them enough.

I find that 99% of my favorite books either have an OTP (one true pairing) or no love interest at all. The only two books/series that have love triangles in them and made it to my favorites list are the Throne of Glass series and Tiger’s Curse. Unfortunately for them, I think their love triangles are stupid.

Am I being too extreme? Whatever, I’m just being honest with you, reader.

You might be wondering why I think TOG’s love triangle is ridiculous. I have two reasons:

  1. I’m Team Rowan (even though I have a feeling their relationship might stay platonic)
  2. If you read the third book (which is where they introduce Rowan), you might understand why I don’t think Celaena should end up with either Dorian or Chaol
  3. And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll explain it to you. *takes deep breath*
Bad connection. Spoilers removed.

For Tiger’s Curse, Kelsey knew in her heart who she wanted but she just HAD to stick with her promise and unintentionally torture the other person. Or should I say tiger?

All in all, I think love triangles aren’t natural. How could they be?

I have no idea how to properly end this post, so I’m going to leave you with a quote from Sherlock: