High School junior Lara Jean, and she and her older sister Margot have practically raised her younger sister since her mother passed away several years earlier. Their widowed father tries to continue their family traditions while working long hours as a doctor. When her older sister leaves to go to college in Scotland, Lara Jean is suddenly left "in charge" of the family.
Lara Jean has written letters to each of the boys she ever had a crush on, but has never mailed them (and never intended to). She keeps them in a special hat box under her bed.
But when her younger sister, angry about something she did, finds the letters -- she mails them, and Lara Jean is forced to confront her feelings about these boys.
While this is a story about teen love, it is also a story about family and friendship. All of Lara Jean's relationships are realistically detailed, and her Korean-American heritage is reflected in her family's traditions as well.
If you enjoy To All the Boys I've Loved Before, you'll definitely want to check out the just-released sequel P.S. I Still Love You. These are really two parts to a whole -- and you'll want to find out how the story ends!
Readers interested in reading about teen romances with Asian American characters might also enjoy Good Enough by Paula Yoo and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (reviewed on the blog by Ashley). Readers who enjoy the love letter element might also enjoy The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart