Book Talk: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Book Talk: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanTo All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on April 2014
Genres: Contemporary YA
Also by this author: The Summer I Turned Pretty, PS I Still Love You, Done Dirt Cheap, Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Format: ARC
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I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

A1OH MY GOSH WORST NIGHTMARE EVER. So Lara Jean writes letters to boys she’s loved or really crushed on when she really needs to just let them go. After she writes them she hides them in a hat box and they are safe and secure…until one day they are not. She finds out that all the letters have been mailed to the boys and she’s forced to confront these boys that have been a part of her past and her present all while trying to keep her family together as her older sister has moved across the world for college.

a2OMG I NEED THE SEQUEL (it’s a duology). I don’t want this to end. I need to KNOW THE THINGS.

a4You ever have one of those really delightful reads where you open your mouth to speak about it and you end up doing some high pitched squeal and clapping your hands emphatically? No? Just me? Okay. Well that was To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before for me. Let’s talk about WHY!

1. Lara Jean is one of the most fabulous characters I’ve encountered in a while! I just want to park my butt in the kitchen and chat while she bakes cookies and I eat them all. I LOVED being in her head and I just feel like we would have been friends — her fab sense of style right down to HS Jamie’s skiddish-ness about driving. I really connected with her in the absence of her mom and navigating the changes going on her life. I really just slipped right in next to her and watched everything unfold along with her and I didn’t want the experience to be over. She made me laugh quite a bit and I just really loved her to death! She just shines. I haven’t adored a main character like this in a while. My only thing is that at times her voice seemed super young (inner monologue mostly) and then it didn’t.

2. HOLY CRAP I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO TORN ABOUT A FICTIONAL LOVE LIFE EVER: I mean, I know who I WANT her to be with but oh my gawd the tension and the complications and GAH. But seriously…her love life because of these letters coming out was just so absolutely fascinating! I LOVED IT. I don’t want to say much because I want YOU to discover it for yourself but I loved how the letters brought about truths

3. Sisterly bonds for the win: I have sisters and so I tend to really dig books exploring the complex relationships of sisters. I felt like I really got to know each sister through their bond with Lara Jean and I really understood how they worked as a unit. I loved those sisters! And I could feel their resilience and their need to take care of each other all these years after they lost their mom. And I really could feel that strain and the shift of things in their household when Margot leaves. Lara Jean becomes the one who has to take Margot’s place in keeping everything running the household and watching her try to do that just reinforced just how much they had relied on each other as a unit — to take care of each other, their dad and just to keep the household going in general.

4. Diversity FTW! Lara Jean is half Korean (her mom was Korean) and I loved that we get a sense of her culture which I loved but it’s not the only thing about her as a character (because, to me, that’s not how it is in real life. One’s heritage is not your defining THING). I loved how her dad still tried to keep their Korean roots present as best as he could after their mom passed. It was sweet and touching. Also, HELL YES to the cover model actually not being whitewashed!!

a6loved-it

factors+ characters, plot, writing, could not put it down, the romantic tension, how it made me grin a ton but was still very heartfelt
nothing really (so close to being a BEYOND LOVED)

Re-readability: YES! In fact I would like to already.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? YES. It would definitely be a keeper on my shelf.

a5Fans of Jenny Han (though the voice is way different than Belly’s), maybe even readers who weren’t fans of The Summer I Turned Pretty because of a lack of connection with Belly, contemporary YA fans who want a story that will make them grin like a fool but that is also very heartfelt.

a8To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before exceeded my expectations. I was drawn in by the plot (I mean, all your secret love letters being sent to the boys you wrote them to??) and it absolutely delivered on everything that could have gone with that. Everything was just impeccable in this story — Lara Jean’s voice, the romance, the family dynamics and just the overall FEELING I got from reading it. It embodies youth in the best way possible and was a very charming and heartfelt story. Warm and fuzzies, y’all. It’s one that is a must read for fans of contemporary YA because it’s just so, so great and I think it has all the things that drew us to realistic teen fiction in the first place. A very refreshing read for me!

 

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
* If you haven’t read it, is it something on your radar or that you think you will read?
* Did you love Lara Jean like I did?
* And HOLY TENSION AT THE END. Who here is DYING for the resolution??


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Book Talk: All Lined Up by Cora Carmack

Book Talk: All Lined Up by Cora CarmackAll Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Series: Rusk University #1
on May 13, 2014
Genres: Contemporary New Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: For Review
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I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!

 

Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 
A1Dallas’s whole life has revolved around football (which she hates) — she’s from Texas and her dad was always the head coach of whatever different school they moved too. She’s starting her first year at Rusk University, where her quarterback ex-boyfriend goes, and her dad has just become the new head coach there to fix their awful team. She meets Carson at a party on her first night there. Carson is a transfer student and is trying out for the team as backup quarterback — just hoping he’ll make the team so he can get a scholarship. When Dallas and Carson meet and have this instant attraction that is NOT what they expected for that night, they have NO idea who the other is and how they are connected to that football team.

a2I want to go re-watch Friday Night Lights! TEXAS FOREVER!

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a41. TEXAS FOREVER: Okay so I am not really a football fan but I tolerate it. Friday Night Lights made me get excited and understand what Texas football is all about. While it’s not as exciting to READ the football scenes as it his to watch the beautiful Tim Riggins running down the field, Cora Cormack really captured the spirit of the football community and what it means and I enjoyed being immersed in that. She really nailed everything I know about Texas football culture (at least what Friday Night Lights taught me haha).

2. Holy Hot Massage: Okay, so this was a pretty sexy romance and I don’t think I’ve ever had to fan myself whilst reading about a MASSAGE before. I loved the tension once they figure out that she’s the coach’s daughter and he’s on the team. Them trying to resist the attraction and be friends made the sexual tension practically become its own character in this story. Since I’m still a romance newb I still giggle at some of the romance-y terms during sexytimes but I found it to be…I don’t even know where I’m going with this? How do I talk about the sex in a romance novel without sounding like a perv? It was good? I liked it? Well done, characters! (I’ll have you know I’m laughing like a hyena right now and Will is saying that he’s pretty sure I should be embarrassed if I keep this bit in here).

3. He said/she said: It was a dual narrative and I really thought it worked well to see both Dallas & Carson’s perspectives — especially when they realize their connection to the coach. This was a romance so a lot of the focus WAS on their attraction and them overcoming their obstacles with the whole coach’s daughter/player on the team thing but I loved watching Dallas really start to take control of what she wanted and stop living in the shadow of her dad and football. I didn’t feel like I really FELT her passion for dance though that was a big part of her so that fell a little flat with me but I really loved the parental plot line. I will say that while there was some substance beyond the romance…I wished for a stronger connection personally to THEM. I liked them and I loved their romance but I never felt like I super KNEW them.

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LIKED
factors+ enjoyability & readability, loved the setting, romance I wanted to root for
just needed to feel more to get to a higher rating — nothing WRONG, just lacked that certain OOMPH.

Re-readability: No, I probably wouldn’t reread it.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? I think if you are a fan of the author you’ll probably want to own this one. I already own this as I got it for review but if I had borrowed it I probably wouldn’t buy it just because I know I wouldn’t re-read it/it’s not a favorite. I WOULD totally buy this one for my sister who loves New Adult romance though! (I only add books to my collection I would re-read or that were favorites).

a5people who like sports in their books, Friday Night Lights fans, people wanting books set in college, people looking for a good New Adult romance!

a8All Lined Up was a fun and pretty sexy romance to read set in the heart of Texas! I loved the tension that came with her being the coach’s daughter and him being the backup quarterback! All together an enjoyable read that felt like Friday Night Lights went to college and I’ll be certainly reading more from this series and will be excited to get to know new characters! I’d also love to read her other books! Also, Carson is hot but he’s no Tim Riggins! SORRY!

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
* If you haven’t read it, is it something on your radar or that you think you will read?
* What are some other books that will give me the Friday Night Lights FEELS?
* Also, because I was really awkward in my second point, HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU TALK ABOUT SEXYTIMES IN YOUR REVIEW?


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