Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Do you know what it’s like to like someone so much you can’t stand it and know that they’ll never feel the same way?”
Lara Jean has had crushes on exactly five guys, but she hasn’t told a single one. Instead she writes them each a love letter and then seals it up in a box in her closet to help herself get over them. Everything works out for everyone, at least until the letters somehow get sent out to all her past crushes. Lara Jean will have to face the boys she’s loved in the past, along with taking up her sister’s position as the head of the household.
Lara Jean is a little nervous and childish, but that’s ultimately what makes her so relatable. She’s not exactly well put together and having to take on all the responsibility her sister had weighs on her. The premise is….somewhat delivered on. It could have been done much better, with higher stakes. There’s a lack of romance. It’s not entirely absent, but there’s no more than the average novel. It seems to fit better into a high school drama umbrella.
Some characters also feel inconsistent. The writing of Kitty is particularly odd, sometimes incredibly childish and sometimes far more mature than her older sister, more mature than any ten year old should be. It’s a good read but it doesn’t quite live up to the hype it’s been receiving.