To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Book 1 out of 3
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
2.5 / 5 stars
First of all, this was an insanely fast read, the chapters were short and the writing was simple. It was an easy book to read and a perfect break from heavier novels. This is, no doubt, a book you can finish in one sitting. And after that, you would most likely feel light and giddy because it’s just an awfully sweet read.
I was so close to giving this book a higher rating but I decided to let myself digest the story for a while longer and I kept going back to the same question, what was the author’s intention other than to give us yet another sweet young adult contemporary? Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the book, I did find myself smiling at certain parts and forming a grin when things were all too lovely. And I love the diversity in this book. However, this book lacked impact. It didn’t leave me thinking differently about life or making my heart and soul aching or yearning for something. When I put down the book, nothing stuck with me. Book closed and life went on.
Perhaps the problem was that none of the issues in the book were discussed in depth, I felt that everything was just brushing the surface. Or perhaps the characters were quite unrealistic with their all-too-nice and shallow personalities. Or maybe it was because this book felt like looking at everything through rose tinted glasses.
Now, I’m not saying that every contemporary book should be deep and meaningful, I was just slightly disappointed that there were plenty of topics Jenny Han could delve into but she chose not to. That is completely fine, it’s her novel. But this book just wasn’t what I was looking for when I read it.