First time reading Jenny Han!
First off - the cover's so cute. I love everything about it, from the marker-pen style title, the Korean girl with a dreamy look in her eyes, her room decor, her clothes, they fit everything the book says Lara Jean would be.
It is also the first book I read to bring up Korean-American culture. Granted, there's not much of K-pop and even Korean food and their traditions, but I think they summarize the life of a Korean-American teenager pretty accurately. Story wise, it tells the story of sisterhood and contract dating, which is so much like a K-drama it's amazing.
At first I had my reservations. Contract dating is a cliched way to carry a story, because we know how it begins and how it will end. However, the story's fluidly moving from scene to scene, and I begin to grow to love the boy as much as Lara Jean does. There are many accidents that sound too good to be true, or too coincidental, but overall I enjoy the book and pages just flow by in one sitting, and I don't want to stop.
Lara Jean is quirky cute. She's lovable even though she's sometimes annoying and her head's up in the clouds so much that I want to shake her. But she's almost your stereotypical K-drama character, a little odd, dramatic, with a tad bit of realism that keeps her grounded.
Despite that all, I wish Lara Jean's relationship with Margot is developed better. As much as I usually don't like epilogues, I would really love to have one for this book, to see how everybody's doing, to see more of a conclusion instead of the open ending.
A full 3.5 stars out of 5.