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To All the Boys I've Loved Before: Book or Movie?

I’ll be honest, I watched the movie To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before before I even knew it was a book. I haven’t been in the YA game for a while, which to be honest, is a shame, because YA is great, even if I'm not necessarily a “young” adult anymore. Feel free to humor me by calling me young, I'll take it.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han is about high school students, and obviously I’m not that young, but I’m telling you I LOVED the movie (all three of them if I’m honest with you) so I was very interested to see how the book measured up. I asked around #bookstagram, which if you are not part of the bookstagram community, I suggest joining all of us book nerds there. You will rarely find another corner of the internet with people as friendly and as willing to give you book recommendations as bookstagram. You can even find me there @thebookfeastblog.

Anyway, bookstagram had nothing but good things to say about the To All the Boys novel, so I decided to give it a shot. I was not disappointed!

If you thought Lara Jean was cute and charming in the movie, she is even more so in the book. You can’t help but love her, empathize with, and just want her to find happiness, even among the crazy mess she finds herself in.

The book does not follow exactly the same storyline as the movie. It does have some deviations. I also think that, as charming as Lara Jean is in the movie, I liked her even more in the book, and Peter’s character was a bit different than the movie. For those reasons, I highly recommend reading the book even if you’ve already seen the movie.

This is such a cute book, such a fun read. And if you haven’t watched the movie or read the book, here is just a little synopsis for you without any spoilers. Lara Jean writes a love letter to every boy she has ever had a crush on, just as she is ready to let the crush go. Just as her older sister leaves for college, leaving her to navigate high school without her, Lara Jean’s love letters somehow get mailed out, five in all.

By the way, I also totally suggest watching the movie as well, it is really well done and super cute. I don’t always suggest movies made from books because some of them are really terrible (looking at you Woman in the Window), but I think Netflix hit this one out of the park.

Happy reading book lovers! Don’t forget to let me know what you thought of the book. Comment below or leave a comment for me on Facebook or Instagram @thebookfeastblog

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