Now, I know what you’re thinking: how could I, a YA romance lover, an Asian American, a fan of photographs on the covers of books, not have read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before? The Riveted staff was baffled, as was I, but no more! Even though I don’t know how I waited so long, I’m kind of glad I did, because 1. I got to see that gorgeous Netflix movie trailer as a nice teaser, 2. All the books are out so I could jump straight into P.S. I Still Love You , and 3. I get to share my first read-through with all of you!
SOME THINGS TO KNOW:
- These are my reactions in real-time! My book is now stuffed full of Post-It notes with nonsense scribbled all over them.
- This post will be relatively spoiler-free so you can go pick up the book and experience the twists and turns yourself! I tried to keep the reactions vague but it’s just to increase the mystery! You’ll have to read the book to find out!
- I knew next to nothing going into To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I had only the movie trailer and the constant comments about how amazing it was from the Riveted staff guiding me, so this was an EMOTIONAL JOURNEY.
So, let’s jump right on in, shall we?
I Read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for the First Time and This Is What Happened
It’s only page 4 and I, too, am in love with Josh, Lara Jean. Are there teams in this book? I don’t know but I’m making them, and I’m Team Josh.
I’m very jealous. Margot is living the dream of going to college in Scotland (a.k.a. my favorite place). Not sure why she needs to go so far away for college but I am a supporter of this.
Kitty Song can hold a mean grudge, goodness gracious. Like you go girl but dang.
Chris is…intense. Is she also a vampire with her sharp incisors? I didn’t think that would be an element in this book but since I’m apparently in support of teams, I was Team Edward back in the day.
Lara Jean doesn’t like to drive, wants to use the GPS to get to the mall, and thinks driving with one hand is a power move. Honestly, the similarities between this character and my sixteen-year-old self are getting a little ridiculous.
I don’t know if Lara Jean being so invested in Margot and Josh’s relationship is super romantic or kind of weird but she’s adorable either way so I’m in.
Also, I’m a huge fan of scrapbooking. Are Lara Jean and I actually the same person?
Lara Jean reading a romance book in public and trying to hide the cover/ steamy text is deeply relatable.
I can’t decide if Kitty is the greatest or the worst but I feel like those are the two feelings one usually has towards a younger (or older) sibling, right? I’m an only child, siblings seem like trouble.
UPDATE: I took the Riveted Quiz Which Song Sister Are You? and I got Kitty so take that as you will.
The only note I have here is “I’m squeeing” which is a strange but appropriate note to make at this point, as Josh is still adorable and Peter is still mostly a jerk, and I have yet to meet John Ambrose, who could for all I know be the underdog. Stay tuned and please see an accurate reenactment below.
Hold up. WAIT A MINUTE.
THIS BOOK INCLUDES A FAKE RELATIONSHIP? ONE OF MY FAVORITE ROMANCE TROPES? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS? I literally gasped while reading this on the subway.
Lara Jean is so awkward and adorable but is learning to stand up for herself (you go girl!) and it is so fun to watch her interact with literally anyone in this book.
Also, it was at this point that I stopped taking so many notes because I was so into the story I didn’t stop to write any so from here on out we’re going by memory.
Chapter 28 & 29
Peter, please stop playing with my emotions. I just started to like you and then you go and make me dislike you again.
Lara Jean’s dad is super chill. He’s like the opposite of the dad in 10 Things I Hate About You.
Oh no. Huh. Well. I thought I might have known where this was going but this…complicates things. Pro tip: you should never read notes found in your sister’s sweater drawer! Again, I have no reference for this but it seems like a good general rule to follow.
Peter, getting all competitive and cute about getting antiques for your mom’s store is tipping the scale back in your favor. Also, donuts. Team Peter is slowly becoming a thing.
What’s going on with Peter and Gwen? I never expected there to be so much intrigue in this book.
Okay, but Lara Jean’s comments about being Asian American (in this case about always being mistaken for an anime character during Halloween) is a wonderful level of this book that I was not necessarily anticipating but I AM HERE FOR IT.
UM OKAY. WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Did I expect that? Did I not? Are there still teams? Which one am I on? I don’t know anymore, this book has been an emotional rollercoaster.
Me: Yay Margot’s back! Song sisters reunite!
*5 minutes later*
Me: Oh no, Margot’s back.
Awww yeah, finally time for the ski trip. Things are about to go down (I’m assuming). You can’t have a ski trip in a YA book and not have something go down, right?
I have no words. I’m shook. I’m so proud of my sweet baby Lara Jean. Also, am I Team Peter now? I don’t know.
GWEN. WHY YOU GOTTA BE SO MEAN?
Oh goodness, things were going so well and now everything’s on fire.
This is why fake dating stories don’t turn out well, except in this case all I care about is Margot and Lara Jean’s sisterly relationship getting fixed and not about the boys oops. Okay, maybe a little about the boys. One in particular but I’ll keep you in suspense about who I’m rooting for now.
Also, here’s a question I should have asked a thousand years ago that just came back to me – WHO SENT THE LETTERS?
Chapter 72 (the last one):
Oh boy. What a wild ride. I’m so ready for P.S. I Still Love You. Who will she end up with? Josh? Peter? John Ambrose, the wild card? The letters are out and the story is just beginning and I’m EXCITED.
My final thoughts in love letter form:
You weren’t what I was expecting but in the best way. I loved how the relationships between Lara Jean and her sisters and family were at the heart of you, even with all the boys…she’s loved before. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Anyway, I loved seeing Lara Jean grow and become more confident. You were so much fun. Drama! Romance! Intrigue! Humor! You had it all, To All the Boys, and I’m so happy I finally read you. Sorry I waited so long!
P.S. To all of those who have already read it, I get it now! And to all of those who are waiting, wait no more! Make sure to pick it up before the movie releases on August 17th!