I really enjoyed Jenny Han’s other books: The Summer I Turned Pretty and It’s Not Summer without You.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved is a delightful read.
Lara Jean has the greatest respect for her older sister Margot. When Margot leaves for college in Scotland, Lara Jean must assume some of the roles Margot played in the family. Their father is a busy doctor. Katherine (Kitty) is Lara Jean’s much younger sister. Their mother has died many years ago.
Before she died, her mother gave her a teal colored hatbox. Lara Jean has used this special possession to put all her secret keepsakes inside. She has written some letters to boys she has “loved” or been infatuated with since she was in middle school. When her prized hatbox goes missing, she is very disturbed.
Lara Jean enjoys writing. She is quite reserved as a high school junior. When some private letters which were in her hatbox are mailed, Lara Jean is overwhelmed by the attention that two of the male recipients share with her. The letters reflect her feelings from seventh grade not her feelings now as a junior in high school!
Josh, Margot’s ex-boyfriend is one of the boys! Since Lara Jean would never do anything to hurt Margot, she wants to make sure Josh doesn’t become interested in her. Peter, a very popular Lacrosse player, who has just broken up with his girlfriend of four years, is the other boy who received one of the letters.
Lara Jean decides to engage in a make believe relationship with Peter so that Josh won’t be interested in her. Peter is very willing to entertain this fake relationship because he is anxious to make his ex-girlfriend Gen, jealous.
Neither Lara Jean nor Peter actually expects that they might actually end up really liking each other!
Read this excellent Jenny Han novel to find out just how complicated life can become for Lara Jean!