I read this from way back 2015, but I still remember having a lot of fun reading this book. I remember it being so fluffy and just a feel good read in general. Lara Jean was very likable and relatable, and I everything was just too cute. Don’t get fooled, though, because it’s going to leave you hanging (!!!) with its ending. I read it during the time when a second book wasn’t forthcoming yet — I didn’t even know there’s gonna be a second, or a third, so imagine how devastated I was with its ending!
Cliffhanger aside, I had a good time reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. There’s just nothing complicated about this book — the writing was on point, the characters are flawed but real, and the cheesiness, well, there was a lot.
The movie was a major 5 out of freaking 5, though! But that’s another topic for another day! ❤
Now this is where the ultimate fangirling will ensue. GOD. John Ambrose McClaren from Model UN!
I was seriously gushing over every page John Ambrose McClaren appears in. I couldn’t help it. He was just too perfect. It was at this point in the series where I formally withdrew my loyalty from Peter K and switched to John Ambrose McClaren’s team (okay, you can’t stop me from referring to him with his full name, because even is name is just too beautiful! John Ambrose McClaren, John Ambrose McClaren, John Ambrose McClaren!). I mean who wouldn’t right? That exchange of letters with Lara Jean? I lived for it! The shelter dance with LJ while wearing the war costume? I mean, I fell over and over. This may be too much to say, byt John Ambrose McClaren probably just made it to my top male leads (okay, I know he’s a secondary character, but bite me).
Needless to say, I hated Peter K all through out this book. And I hated Genevieve even more (I don’t even know if I spelled her name correctly, but I hate her too much to care haha). Peter just made a 180 degree turn here which made me wish that Jenny Han had a change of mind and drop him off as the male lead. But of course, it’s still him in the end. UGH. Make another book for John Ambrose McClaren, please!
This is my least favorite among the three books in the series, because:
a. My ship didn’t sail – I wanted it to be John Ambrose McClaren and Lara Jean!
b. I felt like nothing interesting was happening anymore, just wrapping up the series and nothing more;
c. Aside from Lara Jean’s uni problems, there are no issues/conflicts/problems that would spark drama (Sorry, I live for drama and conflicts in books! Haha)
d. Not enough John Ambrose McClaren!
It wasn’t at all bad, though. I liked how we get to see the wedding between Dr. Covey and Trina. Josh has his own kind of ending, same with Margot. Kitty was fun, as always. Storm’s passing was really sad, but it paved way for John Ambrose McClaren to talk to Lara Jean again. And my boy, John Ambrose, got himself a girlfriend in the end, too. All’s good.
Overall, it was a rally good coming of age story! Jenny Han did very on this series, and I hope the Netflix movie gets to have a follow up soon!
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts in the comments! 🙂