The very first #SKBBOOKCLUB post goes to my favorite book series that I read in 2018, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. When Netflix launched this throwback rom-com movie that reminisced of the Breakfast Club, I was so excited. I am a die-hard fan for a good romantic comedy, and I immediately swooned over Noah Centineo’s crooked grin. My heart melted on the coach, when Peter told Lara Jean that he loved her. I was hooked and had this movie on repeat in our house. If you don’t believe me, check out the trailer.
When it comes to selecting my next book to read, I have a habit of falling in love with certain movies or characters and wanting to know more. So, it is always a plus when a movie or show is based on a book.
I was nervous at first that the book not be as good as the movie, but that was not the case. The book was so much better. I could not put the book down. I finished it in a couple of days, and it only left me wanting to know what happened to Peter and Lara Jean. I went straight to Booksamillion to pick up the other two books in the series. I finished those in just as quickly.
What I loved the most about the series was the pure goodness of Lara Jean. I love how she put her families’ needs above her own. She was extremely considerate and thoughtful. She wasn’t popular but wasn’t a total outcast either. I related a lot to her because I felt that she and I shared similar qualities. She was shy but brilliant and independent. She cared deeply and was a true romantic at heart. Peter was the exact opposite of her. He was popular, a jock, and charismatic. As their story unfolds page by page, Peter began to open up and show his real character, which they turned out to have more in common with each other than they even knew. Even as outside forces worked to tear them apart, they fought through those obstacles to stay true to each other.
The story started as any romantic comedy would with a meet-cute or some outrageous situation that leads to the main characters getting to know each other and falling in love. To me what set this story apart was how real the story felt to me. Lara Jean didn’t follow peer pressure to party, drink, or have sex. She volunteered at nursing home and loved to bake. I love how the story made it cool to be who you are.
I wish their story continued with more than just the three books, but I am excited that Netflix announced that they are making a second movie! Now I am just
Reading has always been an outlet for me. I go through phases where I read more than others, but there is nothing like getting lost in a good book. I am a traditionalist; I prefer to read an actual book with pages to flip. It was important to me to add the #SKBBOOKCLUB series to my blog because I wanted to share the books that I have read and loved, and to discover books that you love!
Each month I will feature a different book or series that I have read. Next month, I will be sharing my review of the series YOU & Hidden Bodies. If you haven’t check out the Lifetime limited series yet, I recommend you do! I actually liked the TV series better than the book, which rarely happens. If you want to read with me, you can get the series here!
Let me know what you thought about the To All the Boys that I’ve Loved Before!
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