Laura-Jean’s love life has suddenly come alive when these letters were mysteriously sent. She also has to deal with the drama of her sister being off to college and her next door neighbor and ex-boyfriend butting heads for Laura’s attention.
These events and more make To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before a great novel for the teenage girl. A reader can enjoy how Laura-Jean handles each situation. She makes impulsive decisions like a girl in high school does; she is a relatable character. Laura-Jean also has a younger sister and an older sister. This adds to the story line by having a family, going to school, and all the fun and struggles there are between those elements.
The love story isn’t a typical high school relationship, but the dates are realistic. For their dates Laura-Jean and her boyfriend go to lunch, or he picks her up from school; they have family dinners and take school trips together. It’s the kind of thing highschool couples do in reality. It might even give readers ideas for actual dates in the future!
This book is a good read because it includes a realistic high school relationship and keeps the reader wanting to know more about Laura-Jean, Peter, and Josh’s feelings. Even if you don’t like romance novels, this one gets into the more friendship side of things. You also get to see the development of family bonds and other relationships. What’s even better is there will soon be a sequel. May 26th of 2015, is the expected release date of the second book, P.S. I Still Love You. Once you read the first novel, you’ll find out the boy Laura-Jean still loves! Is it Josh, the boy next door and sister’s ex-boyfriend? Or Peter, the most popular guy in school and ex-boyfriend to the most popular girl in school? By the end of the book, you’ll be wanting more!
-by Abby Perdue