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Book Review – To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Series

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 355, 337, 325

Rating: 5 Star [series overall rating]

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Description/Synopsis:

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.

Book Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I just want to make it perfectly clear for everyone encase you didn’t notice the series in the title, but this review is for the whole series. So if you don’t want to be spoilt for anything in any of the books and have not read them all, go forth and read then come back here and join me. All you need to know is that I loved this series, it was everything I didn’t know I needed, and it has firmly put contemporary as a go to genre for me. Goodbye I shall see you back here soon!

This is probably one of the cutest series I have ever read. This series is all about lobe in all shapes and forms. The relationship love in the books is amazing but it was really the family love that I adored.

Lara Jean has such an amazing relationship with her family, and this relationship actually changes and evolves throughout the books which I loved. At the start the family is very close nit with Lara Jean being closest with her oldest sister Margo, but with Margo going off to college Lara Jean then has to take over the older sister role for her younger sister Kitty. She wants to be perfect as she sees Margo being, and while she loved Kitty its not easy for her to make this transition, specially when they had more of a standard sibling relationship beforehand. The second Lara Jean and Kitty fight and her letters get sent out I knew straight away that it was Kitty. Specially since we have moments where we know that Kitty goes through her things. I had the briefest of moments where I thought it might have been Chris who actually sent out the letters, but that faded quickly and I was proved correct with Kitty. By the end of the series though Lara Jean’s and Kitty’s relationship is really heartwarming and loving.

We also had development with Margo and Lara Jean because LJ realises that Margo is in fact not actually perfect and Margo finds out that LJ had kissed her ex-boyfriend Josh while she was away at college. They mend this though and are still really close, knowing each other better than before because of these trials and different opinions on things. Then Lara Jean and Kitty help Margo come to better terms with the idea of their dad finally moving on from their mother with a woman they had known for years and lived across the street. I really liked that this woman come into their lives because she was helping Kitty train their dog and Kitty just wanted her around me. That girl is rather meddlesome haha.

Most importantly the main subject of the books, the boys that Lara Jean has loved before and her relationship with them. Every time we got to know what she said in those letters and know that the boys actually read them I wanted to die a little inside for her. Especially with John Ambrose McClaren. While her letter to Josh ultimately left it so that they were no longer like family, which really upset me that they lost that relationship I hoped they would go back to how things were, John’s was basically presented as the perfect guy in the book and i loved him and his story arc. I would have been okay with them ending up together, but I am glad that she is with Peter.

I loved the whole rollercoaster of their relationship. I love that they pretended to be in a relationship at the start and it slowly starts to morph into something real. I loved that their contract is something that carries on throughout all three of the books too. The part where she ran up and kissed Peter out the the blue to make Josh Jealous was amazing. Their development was very realistic to me even despite the really dramatic events that come up in the course of their relationship. Those things could very well happen. I did think that Lara Jean was probably a little harsh on Peter about some of the things though.

However, Peter has moments where he was not my favourite. When he took back that necklace I wanted to smack him. Yes he gave it to her to begin with and she got it back in the end, but it was a gift! Just because you bought it doesn’t mean you get to ask for it back! I think he was also really stupid with the whole Jen (whom I hated) situation. He should have just been honest with Lara Jean about how he was helping her out and meeting up with her, rather than having Lara Jean walk in on them hugging. He was also a bit stupid when it came to her choice of college. Other than those things though, and especially by the 3rd book, he was bloody adorable and so sweet to Lara Jean it was almost sickening. When he picked Kitty up for her birthday with flowers and took her to school in his convertible all by herself, it melted my heart. I also really loved the scene where he helps her bake cupcakes.

I also really liked her relationship with Chris. Chris is kind of like a cat that comes and goes as she pleases, but she was such a good friend she convinced Lara Jean to go on a spontaneous trip to check out her college. The whole thing was so cute. It broke my heart in the 3rd book when they had to say goodbye to each other. Even though we didn’t get all whole lot of her in the series, their goodbye when Chris goes to travel is a real goodbye since Chris probably wont come back and she was such an important part of Lara Jeans life.

Really I could just keep repeating how cute I think this series is, but I want you to experience it to. So if you have read this review and have yet to do the series, go do it. If you like this that will warm the heart, lots of baking talk, and just contemporary in general I think you will really enjoy this series. I for one, am going to watch the movie right now!

Till Next Time. . .

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Book Review – Everything I Never Told You

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Title: Everything I Never Told You

Author: Celeste Ng

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Length: 304

Rating: 1 Star

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Description/Synopsis:

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos.

A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

‘This ghostly novel calls to mind The Lovely Bones,’ well while I have only seen the movie at this point I am fairly confident in saying, no. This is nothing like The Lovely Bones. TLB is a magically sad story which is also about accepting things, with diverse characters and feeling. This story is filled with just horrible characters on every front. I say the alternate title for this story would be “How to be a disgusting person and a bad parent 101.” Do not compare this book to TLB.

Because this book review will be more rant than review, there will be spoilers. I cannot recommend this book to anyone, so this will be my only warning.

The plot of this book, was just not what I was looking for I think. This combined with the just wretchedness of the characters did not work for me, but I shall talk more about them later. This book deals with a family whose oldest daughter went missing and was found dead in a lake by the families home. It focuses on how they come to terms with her death, and all the things that lead up until the moment they found out she was gone. I think one of the biggest issues I had with this was we never actually found out how she died. If we did, I missed it, but to me with was all left up in the air. Did she go out onto the lake despite the fact she couldn’t swim, fell out of the boat and then drowned? Was she taken out there by another person and then was killed? Was it an accident with another person there and they were too afraid to say anything? Was it suicide? I don’t know.

In this points defence though, it was realistic in the sense that people who suffer this kind of loss don’t always get closure like this. I cannot accept it though when I hated everything else. I guess when I was going into this book too, I was expecting it to sort of be from the dead girls perspective because of the title. I guess it did mention some things that none of the family said to each other, because this family doesn’t talk, but yeah. Wrong footing from the get go.

Now onto the part that was probably the most painful, the characters. I think the only ones I liked were the children. The way they were ‘acting out’ or less than stella people were because they were just trying to come to grips with what has happened. The parents on the other hand seemed to be making the worst decisions even before everything went down.

The children state at the very start of the book that the daughter who died was the favourite child, and they very rarely actually get any of their parents, specially the mother’s, attention. We then go back and get some backstory as to why this is. This is because the mother was so against being what her mother wanted her to be, which was a stay at home cook and wife and to pump out kids. Then after her mother dies and she goes off the clean out her house, she realises that she has done exactly that and freaks out. So then she makes the wonderful decision to, instead of discussing her issues with her husband and explaining things and organising to do the change as a family, decides to abandon her family in the middle of the night and leave without saying a word, and only comes back when she realises that she is pregnant again. When she is forced to come home she decides that she will live through her oldest daughter, putting much pressure and stress on her. I also believe that when she dies that she moves on to doing the same thing with one of her other children.

Then there is the father, who pretty much leaves the family after his daughter dies, going off and sleeping with his students. He also has the huge issue of being ashamed of his family, that they were poor and Asian, hating the fact that people stare at his family because his wife is white and his children bi-cultural, and really hating anything that makes him or anyone around him stand out in anyway.

I could go on all day. But in conclusion, I felt the children were much more mature and just straight up better people and I felt for them and what they have and were going through in their lives. The parents on the other hand I cannot get over how much they disgusted me, so I will end this rant here. I am sorry for the way this review turned out, I generally just don’t have anything nice to say. I know other people have loved this book, reviewers I admire, but for me this was obviously not my thing.

 

Till Next Time…

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Read Your Bookshelf A Thon 6

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This is a week long read-a-thon where you pick a spot on your shelf then you make your way through the books on your shelf from that point! This round goes from 22nd-29th of September. This read-a-thon doesn’t seem to have a global start time so I will just be doing it from midnight in my own time zone!

So here is the part of my shelf I am hoping to get through:

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I will try and do daily updates on twitter since this is a twitter based read-a-thon. I haven’t used twitter befoe, and I don’t really understand it but we shall see how I go haha. I will try and do an update every three days on here so you guys can keep up with what is happening.

Let me know id you are partaking! Also, give me tips on twitter. I understand nothing haha.

Here is my twitters https://twitter.com/ThWrittenWord

 

Till Next Time…

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Top Ten Tuesday – Books To Movies/TV Shows

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created over at Broke and the Bookish where every Tuesday, Top Ten things of anything are listed. Todays Top Ten things are:

Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows

 

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer, plus the rest of the series. I think this would make a really fun and enjoyable series with its mix of seriousness and playfulness.

2. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I think this would make a good movie.

3. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. This would make an amazingly beautiful movie.

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4. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent. An awesome idea for a series. It would have to go passed where the book ended but its easy to do so.

5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. While I didn’t completely love the book I think it would make a great movie.

6. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Mass. An awesome, awesome series.

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7.  A Spell For Chameleon by Piers Anthony. Movie candidate!

8. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Movie.

9. The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Good idea for a movie I think.

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And I cannot think of a tenth. I actually found it hard to pick things that were not my favourites encase they get ruined and things that are not already in the making for movies.

Be sure to share your lists!

If you want any of the books listed please click on the thingyami below.

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Till Next Time…