THE other day, when I was at the local shop, I saw my primary school crush.
It was such a random, crazy moment, seeing him in the queue opposite me as I clutched a pint of milk and tried to juggle bags of rolls and vegetarian burgers.
And for a moment, when we caught eyes, he smiled. And I wasn’t a second year university student anymore – I was straight back to being ten years old and obsessed with a boy.
If I was foolish enough, I would believe that he recognised me. I think it’s a dream we all have, that your silly little crush made such an impact on someone that even years later they would recognise you in the Tesco queue.
Jenny Han summed it up pretty well in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is a great book; a tumbling mess of crushes, first loves and teenage girlness that was so addictive, I tore through it in a day.
There’s something incredibly raw, and relatable about Jenny Han’s writing. While at times I did get a bit frustrated with heroine Lara Jean, the dynamic between her and her sisters Margot and Kitty is brilliant. (And you know shout out to Scotland through St Andrews uni, woo!)
As someone about to go into their twenties, To All The Boys I Loved Before was brilliant for reminding me what it was like to be a tween and counting, and why it’s a good thing that those days are behind me.
The love triangle was ok, I usually have a strong hated of them (thank you Edward and Jacob), but to me, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before focused more on Lara’s relationship with her family, rather than her romantic ones.
But that ending though! Why do you do this to us Jenny Han!?
Yes, it was cheesy, and yes, it was really cringey and yes, at some points I wondered why I was reading it.
But if you’re looking for a super-sweet story about navigating those awful teenage years and first loves and first crushes, then To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is exactly what you need.
I’m debating whether or not to read the sequel, because the book does so well as a standalone. But I’m not sure if it’s gonna be worth it.
In even better news – it’s becoming a movie! Due out this year actually….And thank you 2018, for taking all of my money by adapting books into movies.