Hello, my dear and lovely friends!! So, I have some exciting news!!! (No, it’s not that I’m nearly caught up on Gotham … though I kinda just finished season 3… 😉 ) MY COMPUTER IS FREAKING FIXED. Okay. So. Nearly.
My computer would not stay on unless the cord was plugged in. Would the cord plug in? No. Of course not. But. My AMAZING dad got me a battery and cord! My computer screen is still held together by clips, though. So, yeah. But why am I telling you this? Because I like to talk? No! (Well, yes.) But now I can ACTUALLY write posts!! Whooo! Am I going to? Give it a few weeks and probably it’ll all fade away. 😉
So. What’s on today’s menu???
A few of you may have read some different posts of mine where I mention a book series by Jenny Han called To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Sound familiar? Yeah, probably not. I have done my very best to not squeal over it. Well, now that has all faded away.
Seriously, peeps, this is like, my FAVORITE FAVORITE book. Like, what??? A romance contemporary? Have I lost my mind? Quite possibly. But these books are #fabulous. *dramatic hair flip*
I am telling you my 8 favorite reasons why I love the books series (er, the first book???) (er, didn’t you just read the post title??). Also, THE FREAKING MOVIE COMES OUT THIS YEAR. OMG, I CAN’T EVEN.
So please, read on. Love it. Read the books. Comment and tell me how much you missed me.
Also, shout-out to @Paperfury for letting me know about this trilogy! I will resign to co-dominating the word with you instead of going solo. So, my many thanks.
1. Peter A.K.A. “Handsome Boy”
Okay, to be honest, this is #1 for a reason. We all LOVE AND ADORE Peter K. Like, *sigh* Yeah, he’s a jock. Yeah, he hasn’t read all the Harry Potters (I know, girls, I know; I can hear your hearts breaking), but he really breaks all of the stereotypes, to me. He’s SUPER sweet and SUPER thoughtful (let’s just see how many caps we can get in, shall we??), and doesn’t mind showing emotion … as long as the person is trustworthy, which, TBH, who can’t agree with that???
Also. Like. He’s my dream Book Guy? (Totally a thing!) He’s so full of himself, but, like, he’s protecting himself? Plus, cocky FOR THE WIN.
P.S. Death to Gen, just sayin’.
2. Lara Jean is SO Relatable … at least, to me
As I was reading these 355 pages, you know, like you do, I could just feel myself as Lara Jean which, like, NEVER happens. Like, Lara Jean is me, if I were a Hufflepuff. (#Slytherin) An EXTREME Hufflepuff. Like, I’m not even kidding. Extreme extreme.
Sure, Lara Jean is a bit weepy, and overdramatic, and GIRL, JUST STEAL PETER BACK, LIKE, WHATEVER.
But, you know, I’m over all of that.
Plus, how many books can make me cry? Or have me staying up until 3 in the morning and reading it in nearly one sitting? Yeah, not many.
But anyways. Lara Jean is just one of those girls who is totally sweet and will make you cookies if you wake her up at two in the morning (I’m pretty sure that that has happened…?), but will rip you off if she’s mad. So, yeah.
Dun dun duh!!!
3. + COOKIES!
DUDES. I got this trilogy for Christmas (oh yeah!), and my copy of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has all of the Christmas Cookie Bonanza recipes!!! (Basically, tons of cookie recipes.) I don’t know about all of you out there, but I LOVE to bake. I’m no Lara Jean, but still.
(Also … I sort of don’t like cookies?? But I like to make them??)
And this was one of those few books where I immediately go and make cookies or a cake (yeah, that actually happened) right after, because the description.
I never understood foodie fiction books until this.
4. VERY Family Focused Book, Which, TBH, is Nice
Hey! Sisters! Both! Are! Super! Annoying!
So. Lara Jean is the middle of three girls (hey! Middle child represent! That was me for over a decade…), and she loves her sisters fiercely (why, I do not know). And to top all of that off, they are all being raised by just their dad. Like, cue the tears?
So since Lara Jean is such a sentimentalist and sweet and sappy or whatever, she is super family-time. Though, to be honest, that is a high priority in the Covey household. And it is just all so endearing to read, because I don’t find family-focused stories a whole bunch nowadays. Nor do I usually like them?? But none of them have Kitty, so.
And since both Margot (Sis #1) and Kitty (Sis #2) are both so … bullheaded and un-Lara Jean, it is quite enjoyable and just adds a whole new flavor of realism (see? Did you see what I just did there??? XP ).
P.S. It is pronounced Mar-go not Mar-got. I, obviously, being the amazingness that I am, understood this from the very beginning and did not read this trilogy twice before my
lovely sister corrected me. *coughs* Of course.
5. An ADORABLE Romance
So. This starts out as an unconventional love story (yeah … I did just have to look up that word to make sure that I used it correctly … whatevs), and Lara Jean is super awkward and has never dated before … and oh, I don’t want to spoil all of the fun for you. But just take my word for it, it’s super adorable. 😉
That is, unless you don’t like Peter or Lara Jean.
Then I’m coming for you.
6. I’m No Expert, But it Kind of Brings Something New
Like I said before, it is a bit unconventional in one sense, but still sweet and special. And in just how it is so much about family … I mean, obviously it is a romance book and that is the whole plot and whatever, but if Lara Jean had to chose between Boy and Family, she wouldn’t even hesitate (okay, maybe a little) to say Family.
Also. I HATE the romance genre. Like, yikes. And I’m not a HUGE fan of contemporary, but if this is literally one of my favorite book … no, series, than yeah.
7. … and, For Those of You Who Care, #Represent
We have the Song (Covey) girls, who are all Korean-American (Mommy-Daddy), and since Mom is out of the picture (mwahahaha! ), Dad tries to tie in their heritage by cooking Korean food (honestly, he should just leave it to Lara Jean or Margot or something … heck, even Kitty!) and keeping in touch (sort of?) with their Grandma Song, which is cool. So, Korean representation!!! (And the Halloween Crisis is such an issue, I would imagine.)
You also have Lucas who is gay. Though there isn’t much detail or anything on that (since he is out, but not out out), and a wide variety of characters. Who are all lovely in their own way. Except Gen. And maybe Margot.
But mostly Gen.
8. Time Flies When You’re Having Fun
Seriously. I FLEW through this book. Like, okay, not literally, though that would be TOTALLY awesome, but really fast. Sort of.
Okay, the thing is, you read at your normal speed or whatever, but if FEELS like it is so much faster, ya get me? Like take me for example (I mean, why not? No one else is raising their hand. Not that I am, though). I was waiting for my mom to get out of a meeting, and I had this book out from the library (who knew why), and I was HATING the book that I was reading (The Dark Prophecy, for those of you who are wondering), so I picked this up to my charigne. And what felt like two minutes later, I was already fifty pages in. And then I proceeded to sit for FOUR+ HOURS reading this. In one sitting. And I am near ADHD.
This testifies to both its “speed” and quality.
So, there you have it, folks. My reasons why as to this is, like, the best book ever (and, in extension, best SERIES ever).
I’m serious, guys. I read this book three times last year (in less than six months – and that is with reading the other two books in the series twice each!), and it is still my favorite read from 2017 (closely followed by Peter Pan).
AND! THE! MOVIE! IS! COMING! OUT! THIS! YEAR! AND! I! JUST! CANNOT! WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anna Cathcart is going to be PERFECT! (Yes, I watch her in Odd Squad, and she is AMAZING!) I check for a movie release date every. single. day. Nothing yet, but hey. I’m hoping for Spring/late Winter (like maybe January/February? Hey – a girl can dream.)??? But srsly, though. Spring/Summer. (Or late Winter.)
Now. Just go and read this immediately.
Please, please, please tell me that you have read this (or watched Gotham – my most recent obsession)!!!! What is your favorite cookie?? I just made double chocolate chip mint cookies … and I hated them. But apparently they were pretty good. I like white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies – homemade. What is YOUR favorite book (to get back on topic)? And what is you most anticipated book-to-screen coming out this year??? Please tell me all, I do love information. Ta ta!