Laura Jean has had a crush on boy-next-door Josh for years! But Josh starts dating her older sister, Margo. Brokenhearted, Laura Jean does what she always does when it comes to boys she'll never have a chance with: She writes him a goodbye letter, pouring all her feelings onto the page, seals it, addresses it....and hides the letter in a special secret hatbox under her bed. When Margo dumps Josh the night before she's to leave for college (in Scotland!), Laura Jean is afraid Josh will disappear from her life forever. Then the unthinkable! Laura Jean begins to get contacted by the boys she wrote the letters to--and they're bringing up things she wrote in the secret letters. Only in the secret letters. It doesn't take long to figure out someone mailed the correspondence behind Laura Jean's back (accidentally? out of spite?)
With Margo away, things between Laura Jean and Josh get more complicated. Then there's classmate (and former crush) Peter, who Laura Jean agrees to date to make Peter's ex jealous. Sure, it's a ruse, but Laura Jean wonders: is there something more between them? Add to the confusion a nasty rumor and a forbidden interaction with Josh. Situations reach a head when Margo returns from college to find her little sister has been intimate with her (Margo's) ex. Drama, drama, drama...but finally a resolution.
And then there's the biggest question of all: Who mailed those letters?
The first in a proposed series, Jenny Han's To All The Boys I've Loved Before is a fun and beachy romance in the same vein as the author's ever-popular Summer Trilogy. Pick this one up if you want a light romance. Look for the sequel, P.S. I Still Love You, due out in 2015.