I'm typically not one for romance novels. At least not ones that don't involve some sort of adventure or fantastical element, and most certainly not one centred around high school. But this book has been on my radar for years and with the arrival of the theatrical adaptation this August, I knew that I just had to read it before it was released.

To my surprise, one sleepless night, I poured through half of the book and became completely immersed in the heart-racing drama, budding romance, friendship blunders, underlying suspense, and the all too familiar sister squabbles that make this story a super great read. I have not related to a character so much before, nor have I ever felt such pure levels of stress, second-hand embarrassment (I was cringing and reading in between my fingers for a good chunk of the novel and smiling goofily for the rest of it) and pride for one.


The premise of the book is more than enough for you to understand why. Could you imagine accidentally sending letter to each of your crushes professing your undying love for them? Picture having poured your heart and soul on to those pages of paper only to have them land signed, sealed, delivered, kerplunk, right in their hands. I shudder at the thought. It would be enough to make me break out into a cold sweat for the rest of my existence. Well, that is exactly what happened to Lara Jean, our braver-than-she-knows-stronger-than-she-thinks heroine with a knack for baking, who uses her ingenuity, great reflexes and unbridled optimism to turn the rotten lemons fate has so callously given her into sweet sweet lemonade.

It's a great summer read, that will have you smiling, gasping and outright fist pumping as you root for Lara Jean everytime adversity tries to pull a fast one on her.

Here are a few of my favourite things about the book:

  1. Lara Jean's personality. Her optimism is pretty infectious and her sense of humour is too. She draws you into her world and her thoughts so that you almost begin to think on the same wavelength. But her vulnerability is just as poignant as she deals with issues that plague just about any girl, teenager or not, and tries to make the best of every situation. She learns a lot of lessons and honestly I feel as if I've learned them too. I'm excited to see how she evolves in the coming installments.
  2. The sibling dynamic. Her younger sister reminds me so much of my own. And just like her, despite her age, she is quick-witted, fiercely independent, and incredibly sassy. 
  3. The love interest. I didn't want to like him. I was a skeptic, I admit. But he sucked me right in and I found myself flipping through each page eagerly searching for how the relationship would evolve.  

Favourite Quote
"And I'm certain, I'm so undeniably certain that everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be, that I don't have to be afraid of good-bye, because goodbye doesn't have to be forever."