To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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    I was in the bookstore and this pink book caught my attention. It is important to say that my feelings for the color pink are not precisely pretty. It is so bubbly and girly and cliche, and it is so stereotypical that it makes me puke. Ask my family what color I would never wear and it will be pink. Specially Pepto-Bismol pink. Anyhow, this girly books called my attention. “To All the Boys I Have Loved Before”  and Jenny Han’s name were written on the cover. I read the description and again, I knew how predictable the book was going to be, but it is a Han book, so I wanted it.

The book is about a girl named Lara Jean, who writes letters to the boy she loves, and that way she gets over him. She keeps the books in a small box under her bed, and no one knows about it but her. One day the letters get sent out, and the boys are able to read the letters. She was once in love with a guy who is gay now, one of her oldest friends, and the guy who happened to be his sister’s ex.  She then pretends to have a relationship with one of them and obviously we can guess the ending.

I also related to Lara Jean in some aspects. She is a girl who cares a lot about family. She is also really naive and a goodie two shoes (i don’t relate to that), but overall she is a girl with a golden heart who is also tough. I believe I am a bit like that.

Jenny Han’s style is one of the things that made me love this book. As in The Summer I Turned Pretty, Han writes in a way that traps the reader, and the way she can go to the past and again to the present without losing the readers’ attention is amazing.

Overall the story is another pretty cliche that makes girls believe in love and happy endings, and we all want that. We read books that will make us forget about what it is going on in our lives and that is okay. This is what my grandmother would call “pink little book”  and not just because the design arrangements of the cover.

I will give this book 4.5 stars since I am a Jenny Han fan, and because I really enjoyed the book.
have you read this book? did you like it?


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On 50 Shades of Grey.

    I watched 50 Shades of Grey with my friends. It was a 5$ Tuesday in the movie theater near me, and we decided to go in between class. A movie for 5$? yes please!.    Personally I liked the movie. I knew what was going to happened, and I knew it was good for what it was; a fan fiction with a poorly written dialogue ( EL James, we need to work on that). I knew i was going to watch a movie that was more sexual than romantic, one that shows a kind of abusive relationship (wasn’t Bella and Edward’s abusive too?), and one about a girl exploring a new world to her. It was going to be a movie that i needed to watch in order to have an opinion, the same as reading the book.   I know many people didn’t like the movie at all, and others are watching it for the fifth time now.  Either way, everybody has a strong opinion about the 50 Shades of F**ked Up movie.

I liked it not because I enjoy abusive relationships, and not because of the sex. Yes, there were steamy and Jaime Dornan is beyond beautiful. But I liked the movie because of how Anastasia fell for a guy, but at the same time stood for herself when she needed to. She realized it was enough, and SPOILER ALERT, left when she realized it was not a good relationship for her. She deserves flowers and hearts.  I also enjoyed it because for the entire movie I laughed. I needed Christian to say his infamous quote: “I dont make love, I f**k hard” and when that happened, i couldnt help but laugh, hard. In the book it was funny, but I didnt picture Mr. Grey with a completely poker face. I picture him saying it as “pass me the butter please” face, no emotions whatsoever but at the same time with a tranquil expression.  A normal expression actually. But when that dead-serious face said that, I cracked up. The toast scene was funny too, weird to the point of funny.

I think i also enjoyed it because the people in the movie theater interacted with the movie. When I watched Mockinjay part 1, everybody was in silence, like if they talked they would be sent to District 13. But last Tuesday, everybody laughed, commented, and interacted with the movie.  The 60 something women besides me had something to say about everything that was going on in the movie. “I thought people shaved in this century”, “d**n hot that Christian guy”, “spank her harder you guy”.

I also liked how un-perfect certain things were. First of all Jaime Dornan shaved, and that is not okay. And Dakota Johnson didnt, and that is not okay.  How Christian’s eyes were indeed beautiful, but not piercing into your soul.

Overall i liked the movie. It was good. Not Mean Girls good, but an okay i didn’t waste my 5$ good.

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On Jenny Han

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    This girl from my school devoured books. One per day basically.  Each day she will come to school with a new book, each day a new world in her hands. I enjoyed -still do- reading, and I did read 3 books a week, maybe two if I had projects due. But this girl, 1 per day.

I remember one day she came to school with this book called The Summer I Turned Pretty. A book that screamed “I am a cliche book about a summer love”. I said to myself that I didn’t want to read that book, I needed something with a little more adult-spice in it. I was just getting rid of The Clique series and starting to read something with more meaning than just a story about Prada tote and how hard the life of a 7th grader is. So TSITP became part of my I-won’t-read-this list.

My friend Raquel and I discovered that we both enjoy reading a lot a couple of weeks after that. We exchanged books and critiques about them. It was kind of a book club but we didn’t read the same book at the same time. While I was reading Forever by Judy Blume, she was reading a Nicholas Sparks novel that I have read before. One day she came to school with this book that seemed familiar to me. The Summer I Turned Pretty was in her hand. It was the paperback edition, and it looked used. Some of the page corners were folded, indicating where she stopped reading to go and do essential stuff like taking a bath and sleeping. I hesitated, I remember my list. “Take it, you’ll love it,” Raquel said.

Since she had recommended good books before I took it. Belly put her feet on his brother’s Steve car and he was mad. Their mom was in the back seat, and then they saw the house where they were going to spend the summer at. Where all the cliche things were about to start. That was my first thought when I read that first paragraph. MY brain was screaming cliche over and over again, and I tried to do the impossible to shut it down. After two days my brain was screaming “read it again read it again”. I fell in love with Jenny Han’s writing. I asked Raquel to give me the second book, which I did devote in a day and half. It was so good. The third and final book was going to come out that may, and I asked my parents to pre order it so I can have it with me.  The Summer trilogy became part of my favorite books list.

The story is about Belly, a girl who spends her summers in a house with the Fisher boys. The gorgerous  i-want-one Fisher boys. They know each others since they were born, and obviously Belly feels something for one of them, Condrad. But Jeremiah, the other Fisher boy, loves Belly and it is a brother love triangle that is exciting and super cute and i am just word-vomiting a lot about this. It is a romantic book that will make you cry and smile at the same time, and that will entrain you for a couple of days (in my case, a day).

The books are so marvelous and Han’s style is beautiful. She has this power of going to the past and coming back to the present without confusing you. She can make you travel to another year and get you back to where the story was with such perfection that you won’t believe it. The story is beautiful, and the style is beautifulller.  I have read a couple of her other books, Burn to Burn series and To All The Boys I Have Loved Before. All of the as marvelous as the first ones I read.

I believe that Jenny Han’s stories are really good. They are what they want to be, a good form of entrataiment for the reader.  Moreover, Han’s books are ones that will teach you a lot about writing and how beautiful it is to have our own style.


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Eleanor and Park

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Eleanor and Park has been on my reading list even before it came out. I remember reading about it on Seventeen Magazine, and I wanted to read that book. I loved reading, it was my escape, but for some reason (lack of time and Netflix) I became negligent about reading. This year I read The Fault in our Stars and Looking for Alaska, both books by John Green, and loved them. I also read The Spectacular Now, but that’s it.

Going from reading three books a week to just reading three a year is horrible! I wanted to pick up reading with a YA love story, and I decided to go with Eleanor and Park. The book is about those two. Eleanor, a red head of a family with tons of domestic problems and Park, an Asian boy who is part of a middle class family. Of course, they fall in love. It can be described by many as the typical love story where two people from different worlds fall for one another. And yet, the book is so much more. It is about being a teenager and bullying, domestic violence and high school. It has everything.

It is really great how the love story is written. It is simple yet truthful. I remembered what is like to fell in love for the first time. How you try to be with that person but you are also afraid. The first kiss and the first touch.

The thing is, I really liked reading it until I had a few pages left. And no, it is not the case of “I am finishing my book” sadness.  The book ends kind of sad to me, I was rooting for a different ending. I’m trying no not spoil the end, but  I really wanted a happy, truly happy, ending. Because they deserved it.

I would give this book 4/5 stars.


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