To All the Boys I've Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han
Book #1 of Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before
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Published year: 2014


Lara Jean Song Covey is a sixteen-year-old half-Korean, half-Caucasian girl. She is exceptionally close to her older sister Margot and younger sister Kitty. Lara Jean keeps love letters to all the boys she has ever loved in a teal hatbox given to her by her late mother. Just before Margot leaves for college in Scotland, she breaks up with her boyfriend Josh Sanderson, who is also their next door neighbor.Lara Jean, who once had a crush on Josh, finds her feelings for him coming back after Margot leaves, and Josh admits during a conversation about crushes that his first serious crush was on Lara Jean. To cope with her feelings, Lara Jean writes a long postscript to a letter she wrote when she was fourteen, after Josh asked Margot out instead of her.Peter Kavinsky, one of the boys Lara Jean wrote a letter to, approaches her and tells her he does not have a sexually transmitted infection. Lara Jean is confused, but realizes that he is referring to a letter she wrote him years ago after he received it in the mail. Horrified, she tells him she wrote it a long time ago. Lara Jean recounts what prompted her to write the letter: when she was in eighth grade, she and Peter were with a group of mutual friends when Peter kissed her.Lara Jean cannot find her hatbox at home. That night, she hears Josh come over and hides in a treehouse. The next morning at school, Josh asks her about the letter to him. She lies and says she no longer has feelings for him, and she is dating someone else. When he asks who it is, she says Peter. At school, Lara Jean explains her situation to Peter, who decides to go along with the lie as he has just broken up with his long-term girlfriend Genevieve and wants a clean break.Lara Jean and Peter set up a list of ground-rules on how to behave around each other. The more time they spend together, the more confused Lara Jean gets about her feelings. Josh becomes jealous of Peter, and when Lara Jean confronts him about it, he kisses her and tells her he wants to be with her, causing Lara Jean to realize that she wants to date Peter for real.On a school ski trip, Peter tells Lara Jean he does want to date her and they kiss in a hot tub. The following day, Genevieve tells her that there is a rumor that the two had sex in the hot tub, and Peter did not deny it. Humiliated, Lara Jean avoids Peter during Christmas break. Kitty, however, invites him over to the Covey's for dinner. When Peter tries to talk to Lara Jean, Josh steps in to try and protect her, and Margot ends up hearing that Josh and Lara Jean kissed.Margot and Lara Jean eventually reconcile, but Lara Jean remains angry at Peter until Kitty admits that she stole her sister's hatbox and mailed the letters as revenge for Lara Jean almost revealing Kitty's crush on Josh. Kitty tells Lara Jean that Peter really cares for her and returns the hatbox, now filled with notes that Peter gave Lara Jean while they were fake-dating. Reading them over, Lara Jean has a change of heart and takes out her pen and paper to write a real love letter to Peter.