A story of sisters, crushes, mean girls, and first loves. Yes, plural.
When Lara Jean’s secret love letters to all of her crushes (5) are mailed suddenly and accidentally, her love life is all too public.
A week shy of her older sister going to college in Scotland, Lara Jean, who doesn’t like change, realizes her life is about to change drastically. Their mother died six years ago and Margot, the eldest, has kept the family organized and running. Besides losing her sister to the Scots, she has lost a dear family friend (and her first crush) Josh when Margot breaks up with him.
Of course all the letters get out and all the recipients come looking for answers. Lara Jean must explain and hide her true feelings for Josh. It’s awkward and embarrassing, and totally funny when she and one of her recipients decide to “fake date” so she can save face and he can make his ex-girlfriend jealous.
As the story continues, Lara Jean gets a bit braver and honest with her relationships – with Peter, Josh, and her sisters. Of course it can’t stay light and funny forever. Soon Margo returns home and there’s a distance between the sisters from her time away. A school trip brings a mean rumor and a post-Christmas party of carols and cookies ends up with everything publicly announced. Kitty, the funny wise-beyond-her-years little sister gets her puppy though. Lara Jean realizes how her boy crushes through the years were all fantasy and that love is messy.
“Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That’s part of the risk.” and that’s a lesson everyone should learn.
A cute book. Sequel: P.S. I Still Love You. (yes, I’ll probably read it)