Young adult novels seem to be something I can’t fully outgrow (or at least not yet). My most recent read, the first one after what seems like the longest time actually, is from increasingly popular author, Jenny Han.
Lara Jean is the type to fall deep when it comes to falling in love despite the fact that she’s still a teenager. She keeps a handful of handwritten letters in a hatbox her deceased mother left her when she was younger. However, these aren’t love letters to her, but love letters she’s written for all the boys she’s ever loved. She writes truthfully and wholeheartedly, pouring all of her thoughts and feelings in her letters. In this manner, she is able to get over her feelings and move on with day to day life, burden free. These letters are sealed and stowed away, never meant to be read by anyone. Lara Jean’s life gets turned upside down when one day, her letters are mysteriously mailed to all the five boys she’s ever made letters for. As if this wasn’t enough, a lot of other things in her constant world start to change as well and Lara Jean slowly realizes that she needs to suck it up and adapt.
One thing I knew I liked about this book even before reading it was the fact that it had Asian influence. I am a strong believer in the lack of Asia’s and it’s people’s presence in various forms of media. I think this book is a step forward in that sense. Author, Jenny Han, even stressed the importance of Asian representation in a tweet she shared she announced the series’ upcoming film adaptation.
I wouldn’t say that character development is too progressive, but I attribute that to the fact that the book is part of a trilogy and the characters are pretty young. The contract of characters, however, is pretty good and works in a complementary way.
I think girls in general will love this book, probably even more if you have sisters you love. This book is a good read to give you a small sense of nostalgia and at the same time get a dosage of kilig.
I’m a little bit late to the party when it comes to this trilogy, but so far, count me in. I therefore grant this book an 8/10. Go get your copy and read it before it the big screen adaptation comes out!
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