Lara Jean is a hopeless romantic. She falls in love with boys that she has no chance with, and when she’s ready, she writes these boys a letter. After she writes the letter, she’s not in love anymore. Then she stores the letters away in her hat box.
Lara Jean never planned for the letters to reach these boys. She just kept them for herself, but one day they get out and Lara Jean has to figure out how to save face. Her misadventures lead her into a fake relationship that leads to some real self-evaluation.
I tried reading this last year, as I mentioned in my recent What I’m Reading post, and that hadn’t gone too well. Needless to say, I got through the first chapter and nothing more. So, with all the hype that the movie was getting, I decided to give this a second chance.
This time I listened to it as an audiobook instead of reading a physical copy. I think that’s the real reason I got through it. There were so many points where I debated whether I should just stop reading, but I felt like I was too far in.
I’ll admit, this one grew on me. I felt this way with One of Us is Lying, too. I wasn’t a fan in the beginning, I personally found Lara Jean to be quite whiny throughout the novel. This is another one of the books where I felt like I didn’t fit the target audience. The childishness of the romance just didn’t appeal to me.
I’m considering reading the follow-up. I saw some character growth, but I still feel like Lara Jean has a ways to go.