I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han pretty recently. The main reason I read the book was because of all the hype the movie was getting.
I had a feeling I would like the movie better and that feeling proved true. I’m not a big fan of teen romance novels but I love the films. I also feel like this concept works better as a film. The movie did a great job of condensing the book and taking its own turns. I loved the way it played out on screen.
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I’ll admit, this one grew on me.
Lara Jean is a hopeless romantic. She falls in love with boys that she has no chance with, and when she’s ready, she writes these boys a letter. After she writes the letter, she’s not in love anymore. Then she stores the letters away in her hat box.
Lara Jean never planned for the letters to reach these boys. She just kept them for herself, but one day they get out and Lara Jean has to figure out how to save face. Her misadventures lead her into a fake relationship that leads to some real self-evaluation.
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Eleanor has just moved back in with her mother and stepfather after being kicked out a year ago. The move brings with it a new school and the need for readjustment. Her family doesn’t seem so accepting and neither do the kids at school.
Park is half Korean and half white. He’s lived his life dodging racist comments from Steve, his next door neighbor and trying to fit into the mold of the “All-American Teen.” He’s not trying to fall in love with an outcast.
No one was rooting for these two to be together, not even them. So, how does this become a love story in the first place? Guess you’ll just have to read it to find out.
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Everything, Everything details the story of one girl’s search for adventure in a world she is not able to explore. Being allergic to everything causes Madeline to be incredibly sheltered, with little to no real life of her own, that is, until Olly moves in next door. Madeline’s life soon becomes a roller coaster ride filled with rebellion, lies, and love.
I enjoyed Everything, Everything and I probably would’ve enjoyed it a lot more if I hadn’t been spoiled by someone I don’t even know. Despite that, the story was really cute. It was definitely predictable at points, but it still left me feeling a connection to the characters, who were surprisingly rather relatable teenagers. I left the story feeling content about the future of the characters I had grown to love in such a short period of time.