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To All The Boys I Loved Before… and never dated, sorry-not-sorry!

By Mónica G. González

(@TheLiteraryMomo)

To All the Boys I've Loved Before 3dLara Jean has loved many boys, she loved plenty but never truly. Every time she fell for a boy, to avoid heartbreak, she’d write them a soul-pouring letter telling them all the reasons she loved them, and the ones for why she had to let them go. Her letters were never sent, she kept them in a box inside her room; well actually, never got sent until now.

What would you do if someone sent out your super secret love letters without your consent? Someone, accidentally or intentionally, sent out her letters, and now every boy she’s ever loved knows about her feelings, specially the obnoxiously popular Peter Kavinsky, and her sister’s recent ex-boyfriend Josh.

The Song Sisters; Margot, Lara Jean and Kitty, have done pretty much everything together, before and after their mother died.  After Margot goes off to college, family ties will be tested, relationships will rise and fall and Lara Jean will have to choose between playing it safe, or taking a risk she’s never taken before.

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I have mixed feelings about this book. While I did enjoy how the story sort of flowed throughout mid to end book, at the beginning I felt like Lara Jean acted a bit too childish for a teenager, while Kitty, being an actual child, acted like she belonged in high school. While that was going on, Margot was there being a mom, and leaving to another continent altogether.

Although I do understand why she had to be so serious all of the time, having to take on so much responsibility at such an early age, followed by the anxiety of having to hand her responsibilities to Lara Jean so she could live her life; she could’ve at least acted a little friendlier towards her sister. Then again, like I said before, I understand; so many years of bottled up resentment about having to grow up too early because of a missing parent will do that to someone.

Another aspect of the story that I didn’t like was the fact that Josh’s choices kept changing; almost like if he was flipping a quarter to choose who to love. It would’ve been easier if he had just stayed forever in love with Margot and let it be.  Same thing with Geniveve. Either you want Peter or you don’t, you can’t just change your mind every few minutes.

Actually, I have made a decision. On the events of this Geniveve being such a horrible human being, and Robyn Schneider’s Geniveve being just plain exasperating banner-frame(kudos to Jenny and Robyn for writing such lovely books with such dislikable antagonists, though), from now on, every time I read about a new Geniveve, I am automatically mind-shunning her until she proves herself worthy of my attention.

With that said, I gave this book a solid three star rating, because while it could’ve been better, it was a pretty lovely story depicting real life issues like ethnic discrimination and the passing of a parent. And also, because I am still dying to know how the story will unfold in the conclusive sequel, P.S. I Still Love You.

Happy Reading!

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