#120 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date: April 15th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: ebook
Page Count: 277 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance.


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

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)


They were supposed to be private, they were never supposed to be sent, but then somebody did, and everything turned into a mess.

Di hari pertama tahun kedua SMA, Lara Jean mendapat kejutan yang membuatnya panik. Lima surat cinta yang pernah ia buat dan selama ini disimpannya baik-baik, ternyata terkirim ke gebetan-gebetan yang pernah disukainya. Uh Oh, its a disaster! Pasalnya, tiga dari lima orang yang pernah disukainya, bersekolah di tempat yang sama dengannya. How can she handle it? Belum lagi Josh, satu diantara lima laki-laki yang pernah disukainya, adalah kekasih kakaknya.

Demi menyelamatkan wajahnya dari Josh, Lara Jean berpura-pura menjadi kekasih Peter Kavinsky. Teman sebayanya yang juga mendapatkan surat cinta Lara Jean. Peter dalam posisi habis putus dengan kekasihnya, melihat bahwa sandiwara pacaran dengan Lara Jean bisa menegaskan kepada Genevieve (mantannya) bahwa hubungan mereka yang telah berakhir. Keduanya, Lara Jean dan Peter, merasa bahwa keduanya tidak akan mungkin jatuh cinta satu sama lain. Tapi, hati mana yang tidak bisa goyah oleh kebersamaan?


Its scary when its real. When its not just thinking about a person, but, like having real live person in front of you, with, like, expectations. And wants.

Lara Jean adalah gadis pemimpi. Ia memiliki kisah cintanya dalam imajinasi pikirannya. Itulah mengapa ia panik saat Josh dan Peter mendekat paska insiden surat cinta rahasia yang terbongkar. Well, you’d never know till things happened. Entah Lara Jean yang takut pada penolakan atau kisah cinta yang gagal, yang jelas menyimpan rasa yang dimilikinya diam-diam adalah hal paling aman yang ia tahu.

Jenny Han, lewat novel ini, menarik Lara Jean mendekat ke orang-orang yang pernah disukainya. Membuat Lara Jean melihat dan mengenal lebih dekat serta mendorong Lara Jean untuk memperjuangkan perasaannya.

I think I see the difference now, between loving someone from afar and loving someone up close. When you see them up close, you see the real them, but they also get to see the real you.

At last, we must face what real life bring to us. Lara Jean akhirnya merasakan langsung manis dan getirnya mencintai bahkan akhirnya tahu rasanya cinta berbalas. Well, itu semua setelah ia menghadapi ketakutannya yang tak beralasan. Proses itu tidak mudah, apalagi untuk seseorang seperti Lara Jean.

Motherless daughters

Jenny Han membawa identitasnya dalam novel ini dengan menghadirkan karakter korean-american lewat ‘Song girls’ yang tak lain adalah Margot; Lara Jean; dan Kitty (Katherine). Keluarga Song (keluarga Covey) kehilangan sosok ibu sejak Song girls masih kecil. Sejak saat itu, yang menggantikan peran sang ibu adalah Margot si sulung. Lara Jean dan Kitty sangat bergantung pada Margot yang mandiri dan terorganisir. Namun, Lara Jean dan Kitty pun juga mesti kehilangan Margot karena ia berkuliah di Scotland.

Novel ini, memperlihatkan proses kedewasaan Lara Jean dan Kitty sepeninggal Margot. But still, things happened. Jenny Han will show us how sister’s bond wavered and fixed.

There is a spesific kind of fight you can only have with your sister. It’s the kind where you say things you can’t take back. You say them because you can’t help but say them, because you’re so angry it’s coming up you throat and oout your eyes; you’re so angry you can’t see straight. All you see is blood.

The not-so-douche Peter Kavinsky

Sejak awal novel, Josh Sanderson adalah male protagonist. Sebaliknya, Peter Kavinsky dari luar digolongkan douchebag. Its easy to love Josh, just like Song girls did love him, but Peter?

Peter was born charming. Easy to be like or to be love. Not only handsome, Lara Jean admitted he’s beautiful up close. Maybe his personality not as fine as Josh but Peter turned out to have a sweet-side too. We just need to get close and know him better. That was Lara Jean discovered about him and makes her fall for him again. And somehow, somehow, Jenny Han write it so she’d put us (reader) in Lara Jean standpoint and fall for Peter too. It works to me like that.

Over all, i loved this novel just like i loved Shug. I noticed Jenny Han was capable in writing a light-but-sweet and heartwarming contemporer fiction. Now i’m a fan of her. Still, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before ended just like that and I NEED MORE of Lara Jean-Peter love story. Ugh. :-S

Bottom Line:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a loveable contemporary romance. A light reading but could warm your heart. It even makes your heart goes thump thump like you’re, yourself,  fallen for the characters.


ps: Not untill later i realized that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before going to be series. So much as a good news since i really want to read bout Peter again. Kyaaaa😄

Submitted for:

Young Adults Reading Challenge

Young Adults Reading Challenge

2014 Books In English Reading Challenge

2014 Books In English Reading Challenge

 

4 thoughts on “#120 To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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  2. I have a bad feeling about Peter, I like him of course, but he still into Gen. And I think there’ll be so much more about John in the sequel!!

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    • I think he’s not into Gen. Its just that they’ve been together for quite long. He just can’t ignore her. He admit that, right?
      Its Josh, actually. I don’t remember there’s John. Cmiiw

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