Words & Geeks Book Club: July Introduction


July’s read:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To all the boys I've loved before


Lara Jean’s love life is about to go from imaginary to out of control.

Lara Jean Song keeps love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her – one for every boy she’s ever loved.  She can say anything she wants, because the letters are for her eyes only.  Until the day they’re sent out…

Author bio:

(Adapted from her website)

Jenny Han was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she went on to graduate school at the New School in New York City, where she received her MFA in Writing for Children. She now lives in Brooklyn.  She writes for both teens and children; her most recent book, the sequel to our July book club read, is out 26th May.

She’s also on Tumblr: http://jennyhan.tumblr.com/

First lines:

‘I like to save things.  Not important things like whales or people or the environment.  Silly things.  Porcelain bells, the kind you get at souvenir shops.  Cookie cutters you’ll never use, because who needs a cookie in the shape of a foot?  Ribbons for my hair.  Love letters.  Of all the things I save, I guess you could say my love letters are my most prized possession.’

First impressions:

Based on its cover (which is very pretty, I must say), the book looks like it is aimed at early to mid- teens.  This doesn’t put me off; a book doesn’t have to be an adult book to deal with real emotions and situations.  The cover does that satisfying thing where the picture wraps around the book and continues on the back.  I think the book has promising first lines; likable narrative voice already, and it seems easy to read.  I can’t wait to get stuck in.

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