This trilogy is a contemporary must read. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a romance/ coming of age book for young adult readers who just want that perfect pick-me-up contemporary book. The first novel is about Lara Jean, a sixteen year-old girl who lives in Virginia. She lives with her father and two other sisters, her being the middle child, and is the stereotypical introvert who loves everything cozy, baking, and is a craft master. She is also really sentimental, so whenever she has a crush, and he does not “like like” her back, she writes him a lover letter, but there’s a catch, she never sends them out. She instead saves them all in a hatbox that her deceased mother gave her. One day, all her letters got mailed out, This story is the aftermath of the letters’ impact. She is gravely pushed out of her comfort zone, she gets placed in these situations that to her seem as if she’s been placed in a fairy tale.
The rest of the series is just a continuation from the first book, but the way every book is introduced, I believe that if one picks up any of the three books or only reads two of the three or any combination, it will just appear a seamless piece of work. It sounds strange, I am aware, but it’s a unique quality I noticed in the series. The other thing is Han has really tried to make the books strike a chord with our internet driven generation. She references phenomenons that have only become popular within the last five years, maybe at most a decade. I do think this helps the reader familiarize the content they are receiving with what they are already accustomed to, however has the capability to distance itself from the readers who don’t really know what Instagram is. This is a great book, no doubt, but I think you will find it less enjoyable if you are not somewhat familiar with social media and just the inner workings of the Internet. -M