“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and “The Summer I Turned Pretty” Series Book Review

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to read a certain amount of books this year for two reasons, to explore books other than Nicholas Sparks and the Twilight series and to make me a better writer. As soon as I finished the spring semester I got started reading more books than I did during school, and I’ve read so many books this summer alone than I ever had in my life, and it’s a wonderful feeling. However, I just admit since its summer I thought why not read just summer YA romance books till August? Well needless to say I read four AMAZING books written by Jenny Han that I just had share with y’all without giving away spoilers. Also, this is my first book review, so please be kind.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All The Boys I've Loved Before Jenny HanSynopsis: “Lara Jean 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.

When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say 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.”

My thoughts: I was browsing around the Barnes and Nobles website to find books to read and the summary instantly drew me in, making me check out the book at the local library the moment they received it. (I work there and got first dibs before anyone else could.) The moment I started reading it, I could not put it down. I turned page after page wanting more, wondering what would happen to Lara Jean and the five guys who received one of her letters, which one she would pick, which ones liked her back and which ones didn’t. This book is different from all the books I’ve read before. It’s a different plot but once the story slowly starts to unfold you kind of sense where its head, except then it proves it’s not predictable as the story went and ended in a different way than I thought it would. Needless to say, I loved it so much, I read it twice, and I’ve never read a book twice. I can not wait for the second book which is schedule to come out next spring. YAY!

The Summer I Turned Pretty Series

The Summer I Turned Pretty Jenny HanBook One: The Summer I Turned Pretty

Synopsis: “Belly measures her life in summers.  Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.  Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad.  They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between.  But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.”

It's Not Summer Without You Jenny HanBook Two: It’s Not Summer Without You

Synopsis: “Last year, all of Belly’s dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change–  just like that. Suddenly the time she’s always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting him go. “

 

Book Three: We’ll Always Have Summer

We'll Always Have Summer Jenny HanSynopsis: “Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate.

Almost.

Conrad has not gotten over the mistake he made when he let Belly go. But when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never–tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.  Unlike his brother, Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face a truth she has possibly always known: she will have to break one of their hearts.”

My thoughts: After raving about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Twitter, a friend of mine recommended reading Han’s three book series, and since I loved her other book I thought why not? It was so good I finished the entire series in three days!!! THREE DAYS!!! That’s a new record for me.

I instantly fell in love with the characters and although I may sometimes get tired of the common love triangle storylines, I still secretly love them because although the storyline is in almost all the books, movies and TV shows, each love triangle is different and almost never end the same. Additionally, when there is a best friend relationship in the love triangle, I always root for that couple; except Han changed my opinion as craved and yearned for Belly to end up with Conrad instead of her best friend and Conrad’s brother, Jeremiah.

Jenny HanAbout the author’s writing: Jenny Han writes in a way where you can not only relate but also make you feel like you’re back in high school (At least for me it did.) crushing on cute boys, the electric and exciting feelings you get when you’re falling in love for the first time, and experiencing the unexpected painful heartbreak. I smiled every time something cute happened between two of the characters, I giggled when one did something silly to get the other one’s attention and I was upset when something happened between two characters and/or wasn’t going my way. Han captures a teenage girl’s mentality perfectly well which is what made me love her books.

Synopsis and Photo Credit: dearjennyhan.com

About Amy

I watch A LOT of tv shows and I'm not ashamed to admit it. I'm obsessed with couples from my favorite TV shows. I get lost in the different worlds of books. I sing my heart out and have my own concert in my living room with my iPod blasting. Lastly, I love to write. You can follow me on Twitter @iAMart_22

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