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194 Thoughts While Reading: To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han

I can’t believe I am doing this.

Typically when I DNF something (especially when it is a book I wasn’t vibing with) I tend to never go back to it–solely because I figure: if I didn’t like it before, I’m probably not going to like it later. So far this method has saved me countless hours that could have been wasted on a book that would have killed off some of my brain cells or made me mad in the non good way that books do.

This isn’t the case today.

No, today I am disregarding my rule for a moment and am reading a book I DNF’ed back in 2016. If you haven’t noticed from the Title yet, that book is To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han. I tried this book before, and got maybe 40 pages in and just couldn’t do it. My best friends swore up and down that this book was great and begged me for months to read it–I tried. Honestly, I gave it my all. But I couldn’t get passed the beginning and thus gave it a one star in my DNF notebook. However, the year has come when this book is being turned into a movie–and like the person I am, I want to watch it. But I have another rule (yeah, I know I’m weird), if the movie is based off a book, I MUST read the book first. This is a rule I strictly enforce in my life because I feel like I gain more if I read it first, because let’s be real– some things can’t be translated from book to movie properly.

So this is me deciding to give Jenny and her letters one last shot before I have my movie party on Premiere day (August 17th). After consulting with many people on Book Twitter, I have been told that if you didn’t like reading the book than try it on audio–so that is what I’m going to do! So feel free to sit back, relax, read through, read with, and see if I don’t die by the end of this.

Okay, lets do this! Also: SPOILERS!!!!! 

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)Genres: Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 15th, 2014
Source: Scribd
Format: Audiobook
Initial Rating:fangirlstars

“What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.”  —Goodreads Synopsis

 

REVIEW

    1. Okay, about to press play. Prayers up that this narrator doesn’t make want to pull my hair out.
    2. Not even ten minutes in and I’m annoyed by Margot.
    3. This isn’t going well…
    4. Margot can seriously choke
    5. So can Kitty
    6. OMG I feel like this takes place in middle school…wait are they in middle school??
    7. *googles*
    8. Research has proven Lara Jean is indeed in High school–so she is just really melodramatic then?
    9. Only on chapter three and I’m struggggggllliinnnggg
    10. Margot dumps Josh, but bet by the middle of this book she gonna try and get him back.
    11. Margot is trash
    12. “My oldest friend Chris smokes, she hooks up with boys she doesn’t know hardly at all, and she’s been suspended twice.” OH THE SCANDAL!
    13. Chris gives absolutely no shits and suddenly she is my favorite character out of this entire thing
    14. Chris is pure emotion”  wow. ICONIC.
    15. Chris is my new best friend. Sorry not sorry.
    16. THIS. BOOK. IS. DUMB.
    17. I need Margot to be deleted.
    18. Margot, Josh did absolutely nothing to you–WHAT DID HE EVER DO TO WARRANT YOU DUMPING HIM?!
    19. She probably wants to mess around in Scotland. BET.
    20. The Best Character: The Dad
    21. Nah the shrub outside
    22. most definitely the shrub
    23. We got a whole page just talking about her lack of navigational skills.
    24. Guys this isn’t going so great
    25. Lara Jean is about to crash
    26. Bet
    27. Called it.
    28. Old dude that hit her can choke.
    29. Like your car is absolutely fine. Mine isn’t. Why are you still yelling at me?
    30. Oh Lord, I’m gonna have to put this bad boy on auctioneer speed. (x3)
    31. NEW CHARACTER INTRODUCTION!!!
    32. Oh hello Peter
    33. Peter is a douche low key, but I’m also vibing it…
    34. Josh deserves better
    35. Josh deserves Ice cream
    36. #TeamJosh
    37. ANOTHER NEW CHARACTER!!! LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: GENEVIEVE
    38. wow…
    39. Gen is a hoe
    40. There is just so much breaking up and I’m only on chapter 11
    41. “Just so you know, I don’t have any STDs” I’M DEAD. DECEASED.
    42. YO LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT! I REPEAT LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT
    43. The tea is piping y’all!
    44. OMG I BET YOU KITTY SENT THEM AS REVENGE.
    45. IF THIS IS TRUE KITTY CAN CHOOKKKE
    46. Kitty can do what the Avenger’s did in Infinity War and disappear.
    47. OMG IS JOSH GOING TO GROW FEELINGS FOR LARA JEAN AND THEN SAY SIKE WHEN MARGOT SAYS SHE WANTS HIM BACK?! BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT IS INEVITABLE.
    48. Peter is really trying to clear his name with all this STD talk. It’s okay sir, some of them are curable. Nothing to be ashamed about.
    49. This is gold.
    50. You always take the last piece of pizza. You never ask if anyone else wants it. That’s rude” Lessons by Lara Jean. No truer words have ever been written. 
    51. I CANNOT HANDLE THIS LETTER!!!!
    52. I’m seriously cackling
    53. My boss just walked in on my staring at the wall giggling. If this isn’t dedication to an audiobook, I don’t know what is.
    54. “What a relief! I bet if I did ever kiss you again, I would definitely catch something, and it wouldn’t be love. It would be an STD!”
    55. I don’t remember why I dreaded this book so much, the letters alone are literature masterpieces.
    56. Wait…some dude is sniffing her hair
    57. It’s Peter.
    58. This is really awkward.
    59. Josh is here again
    60. Why is Josh being this awkward.
    61. Okay Josh, this isn’t that deep. Don’t get butt hurt because she is lying and saying she doesn’t like you anymore.
    62. WAIT
    63. WHAT IF LARA JEAN TOLD HIM SHE LIKED HIM (Josh) BACK IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, WOULD HE HAVE GONE FOR HER INSTEAD OF MARGOT.
    64. ….
    65. The theories are churning
  1. Hold up
  2. WRONG TIME TO WALK IN PETER, GO BACK! I REPEAT GO BACK!
  3. Oh God
  4. She isn’t going to
  5. Oh God
  6. She is
  7. Except for the fact that Peter’s expression is registering pure shock and disbelief and maybe a drop of amusement, because Peter likes to be amused. Raising his eyebrows, he says, “Lara Jean? What the—?” I don’t answer. I just kiss him. My first thought is: I have muscle memory of his lips. My second thought is: I hope Josh is watching.”  
  8. WOWOWOWOW
  9. What a time to be alive
  10. DUDE IS PETER FRIEND ZONING HER?!
  11. Peter is so full of himself
  12. Ugh
  13. I love it though.
  14. Both Peter and Josh can jump of a cliff #TeamJoshisdead #TeamShrub
  15. AYE A LETTER GOT RETURNED
  16. one less possible traumatic experience to worry about
  17. This narrator is GOLD. 10/10 would recommend
  18. Cheap Peter is the best Peter
  19. I’m living for this rule list.
  20. Peter is allowed to put a hand in Lara Jean’s back jean pocket” Wow. So intimate. 
  21. I so do not miss high school. Like at all.
  22. Lara Jean at football games is me at Golf meets (are they called meets?)
  23. 42% through this audiobook and I’m…enjoying myself? WOW HOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED
  24. Peter is definitely making this bearable.
  25. I retract the cliff statement (only for peter)
  26. Margot can still choke
  27. I bet you Margot slept with Josh
  28. Wasn’t it just last week that Josh was crying over Margot? How is he suddenly jealous of Lara Jean with Peter?
  29. Genevieve gonna stab Lara Jean
  30. …I’m starting to feel some type of way about Peter…is it too late to switch to #TeamPeter?
  31. WE ARE BAKING CUPCAKES!
  32. Let the swooning begin!
  33. LOL, her dad is Peter’s greatest Ally.
  34. Yo, if peter gets back with Genevieve I’m going to poop in his shoes.
  35. Lara Jean needs to work through this fear of her car. Like hunty.
  36. Not. That. Deep.
  37. Josh can really choke. He does NOT deserve ice cream.
  38. AYE PETER IS JEALOUS TOO
  39. the men are just chasing after Lara Jean and she has no idea what to do with this information anymore.
  40. STAKE YOUR CLAIM HUNTY! YAS!
  41. Not even Lunch yet and I’m almost done with book. Man how time flies.
  42. uhhhh fruitcake cookies…?
  43. “No, he isn’t. He loves my sister. He always has and he always will.” ” Ahh the greatest lie ever told.
  44. Freaking Kitty ruins everything!
  45. WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A MOMENT
  46. I just realized what Josh at this moment reminds me of: Image result for we were on a break gif
  47. when I come back, he says, “You act different around Kavinsky. Did you know that?” “ Josh is gonna piss me off, isn’t he?
  48. Josh can seriously choke
  49. GO BACK TO MARGOT! SHE IS GARBAGE LIKE YOU!
  50. ….
  51. No
  52. He
  53. Did
  54. NOT
  55. Just
  56. Kiss
  57. Her
  58. WHAT IN THE EVER LOVING
  59. Nah Fam
  60. WHERE IS PETER WHEN YOU NEED HIM
  61. I would have kneed Josh so hard
  62. Update: Margot is back and I’m annoyed
  63. I get lunch in ten minutes and I don’t know if I wanna listen to this while I chill for the hour or….
  64. Who am I kidding, I got like ten chapters left–I’m in too deep to stop now
  65. Shoot me in the foot
  66. “I still can’t believe you’re dating Peter Kavinsky,” Margot says. She doesn’t say it in a nice way, like it’s a good thing. “Can you just . . . not?” I say. “I’m sorry, I just don’t like the guy.” “Well, you don’t have to like him. I do,” I say, and Margot shrugs.”
  67. I’ve said this once, and I will probably say it more again but:
  68. Margot
  69. Can
  70. CHOOKKEEE
  71. ….
  72. Okay sitting next to each other on the bus isn’t that deep Krasinsky.
  73. “Ms. Davenport loves being in on student drama” Me if I was a teacher.
  74. Cold shoulder? Really Peter?
  75. My mouth hangs open. “Are you really that mad that I didn’t sit next to you on the bus?” Peter lets out an impatient breath of air. “Lara Jean, when you’re dating someone, there are just . . . certain things you do, okay? Like sit next to each other on a school trip. That’s pretty much expected.” ” <- Not true

  76. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE HAVE A GENUINE PROFESSION OF ATTRACTION HERE!
  77. I had to pause
  78. I can’t
  79. omg omg omg omg omg
  80. Okay okay okay
  81. I think I’m ready
  82. If she doesn’t react the way I want her to–I. AM. SUING.
  83. LARA JEAN BETTER NOT MESS THIS UP
  84. BLESS THEY ARE TOGETHER FORREAL NOW!
  85. Uh what the fuck Genevieve.
  86. I TOLD Y’ALL SHE WAS A SNAKE
  87. Chris is friend goals.
  88. I don’t see how Krasinsky doesn’t realize how this rumor can effect a girl. Like woman aren’t gonna get a slap on the back and remarks like “nice dude!”. No. We get shamed and made out to look like whores, even if it was consensual. You are seventeen Peter, this shouldn’t be a new concept.
  89. GEN IS TELLING EVERYONE
  90. WOWOWOWOW I need to stab her
  91. ….
  92. Why are we not inviting Peter?
  93. Peter has arrived!
  94. Josh needs to back the fuck up.
  95. WHO IS HE TO SAY WHAT IS GOOD AND NOT GOOD FOR LARA JEAN
  96. That’s when I see her. Margot, standing a few feet behind Josh, her hand to her mouth. The piano music has stopped, the world has stopped spinning, be- cause Margot has heard everything. “
  97. But what did Margot think was going to happen?
  98. Margot can still choke
  99. So can Josh
  100. I need every single person in this book that is not Lara Jean to stop telling Lara Jean what is and isn’t best for her.
  101. Like my people, she is a human who can make her own choices.
  102. OMG WHY DON’T THEY BELIEVE HER?!
  103. YOU SHOULD BE ASKING THIS QUESTION TO MARGOT CAUSE SHE IS THE ONE HAVING THE SEXY TIMES!!!!
  104. But bet, the Dad probably thinks Margot can do no wrong.
  105. Margot can die in a hole
  106. What a selfish vagina
  107. Oh stop your tears Margot–no one cares.
  108. IMA SAY IT AGAIN: MARGOT CAN CHOOOKKEEE
  109. KITTY DID IT! I CALLED IT
  110. She hangs her head. “Because I was mad at you. You were teasing me about liking Josh; you said I was going to name my dog after him. I was so mad at you. So when you were sleeping . . . I snuck into your room and stole your hatbox and I read all your letters and then I sent them. I regretted it right away, but it was too late.” “
  111. Wow…what a reason.
  112. Kitty has become my spirit animal and no one can say otherwise!
  113. Peter’s notes ❤
  114. ….
  115. Wait
  116. DID THIS THING  JUST FINISH
  117. I WANNA KNOW WHAT THE REST OF THE LETTER WAS GONNA SAY!
  118. Image result for trash gif
  119. ….
  120. Well that was a fun four hours
  121. Man…what a ride
  122. Final thoughts: Margot can choke, Josh can choke, Kitty doesn’t have to choke anymore, and Genevieve can die in a ditch with no cell service.
  123. Changing my 1 star rating to a 3.5 stars
  124. I’m ready for the movie now
  125. HOLY CRAP IF THE MOVIE ENDS WITHOUT HER WITH PETER I’M FLIPPING BRICKS
  126. Bricks will be flipped.

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