This is the official blog of Winna Efendi, author of several bestselling Indonesian novels.

Minggu, 27 April 2014

(book) To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

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.

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