By: Jenny Han
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Lara Jean’s older sister Margot is leaving for college soon, and Lara Jean is a little nervous to think of managing the house without her organized sibling by her side. Ever since their mother died when they were little, Margot has been the “mom” to their younger sister, Kitty, and occasionally to Lara Jean herself, and has been the one to hold their family together over the years.
Lara Jean thinks she just might have everything under control when a terrible disaster occurs: Five letters she wrote to boys she used to love, that she kept hidden in a special hatbox her mother gave her, have all been mailed out, and now Lara Jean will have to deal with the consequences—and boys—that follow.
• Kissing and making out
• A reference to PMS
• References to sex, a striptease, and birth control
• Profanity (two F-words, sh*t, b*tch, cr*p, oh my God, *ss, slut, and h*ll)
• Brief mention of a character being homosexual
• Teens drinking
This fluffy, light-hearted book is the first in a young adult contemporary series. It’s fairly clean, though I would hesitate to recommend it to younger readers for some mature content. For example, Lara Jean has a crush on her sister’s ex-boyfriend, which might disturb some readers. An easy, quick read, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is no doubt entertaining, but leaves you with a slightly empty and unsatisfied feeling at the end.
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