BOOK REVIEW – To all the boys I’ve loved before – Jenny Han

To all the boys I've loved before - Jenny Han

This book has been around for a couple of years. Since 2014 to be exact. Because of the release of the film on Netflix, there has been a new trend around this book. All readers want to read it. So, did I!
I have to say, I was not disappointed. It is a good book and I won’t forgive myself for not finding it sooner. Most of you will have seen the film on Netflix and the book is not that different. I am still going to tell what it’s about.
Lara Jean is a girl in high school she has two sisters, she is the middle child, and a dad. Her mom passed away when she was little. Her neighbour, Josh, is a cute boy who she used to have a crush on. But when her older sister started dating him, she new she couldn’t like him anymore. Lara Jean wrote him a love letter to explain her feelings. To her it was more a goodbye note to release the feelings he had for him. She addressed the note but never sent it. In total she wrote five of those letters. Each to another cute boy she had a crush on. The latest one being Peter Kavinsky.

Somehow her letters get send out to all those boys. Peter K goes to Lara Jean to explain he doesn’t feel the same. But when Josh gets his letter, problems arise. Her sister can not know about the crush she had/has for Josh. So, she did what anyone would do. Right? She full on kisses Peter K in the middle of the school’s hallway. Her idea behind this? To make Josh think she is over him. Peter, who recently broke-up with his girlfriend Genevieve, was a little weirded out by this. But, after thinking about it and after hearing what Gen thought about the kiss, he comes up with a plan. He and Lara Jean will pretend to be boyfriend and girlfriend. Peter can make Gen jealous so they can get back together. Lara Jean can make Josh believe she does not like him anymore. Nothing can go wrong with that, right? RIGHT?

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Well, a lot of things go wrong but those are the fun parts to read. So, if you haven’t seen the film, I am not going to spoil anything. If you’ve seen it you know what I am talking about. Even if you have seen the film, there is more going on in the books for sure!

Maybe even a kiss between Josh and Lara Jean. Maybe. I don’t know…. Maybe not. You should read the book to find out 🙂

The book itself is very easy to read. I read it in a couple of hours. Without pausing. In one sitting. Because it’s that good.

No, but for real, the book is very sweet and funny to read. Lara Jean has a nice, funny and cute personality. She get’s herself in all kinds of situations she does not want to be in. Her reactions are enjoyable to read. It’s one of those books you don’t have to take the time for or keep your focus. Just sit and read and it will be okay. I love those books.

 

 

I KILL GIANTS – film review

I KILL GIANTS – film review

A film from 2017, made by the producers of Harry Potter, now released on Netflix.

I Kill Giants is a movie about a girl, Barbara Thorson, who is not accepted by the people around her. She is differently dressed and has a big imagination. There are many serious struggles in Barbara’s life. She finds a way to escape from the reality that is her life by creating a fantasy world where her demons are portrayed as giants. Unlike in her real life, she finds ways to outsmart these giants.

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When There is a new girl from the UK, that insist on becoming friends, Barbara finally has someone to share her world with. But, for her, the line between real and fantasy is non-existent. Her friend plays along to let Barbara enjoy what she is doing.

The school psychologist, played by Zoe Saldena, has developed an interest in Barbara and her stories about battling Giants. In their conversations certain subject come to light that have a deep effect on Barbara. Bit by bit, she learns what could be the cause of the development of Barbara trying to be a hero in her own story.

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Later in the film, Barbara’s friend finds out just that. The real monster. Barbara tries to fight it with all she got. Will she succeed? What monsters is Barbara really fighting?

 

It was a Saturday night when I was looking through Netflix to pick out a film to watch. Not wanting anything deep or romantic, I chose this film. The film title gave me the idea it would be a fantasy film about a girl who is misunderstood but in her own way a hero. What I got was a film with a great storyline with many layers. And even though it was the ‘deep’ film I didn’t want to see, I was not disappointed.

There is a lot of symbolism to real life problems that don’t have the awareness it should have. Without spoiling the end of the film, which is the best part, I can only say that this is a film you should put on and watch. Don’t think about it until you are half way in the film.
Let me know what you think of the film!