Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie
I swear, Jenny Han’s goal in life is to make me die from being exposed to too much cuteness. Honestly, not only are her books sweet and well-written, they’re just way too cute. Cute plot, cute boy, cute characters, and did I mention cute boy??? (And sometimes even boys.) While this A to Z may not be as cute as Jenny Han’s book, I guarantee that my cuteness makes up for it. Just kidding… not.
About To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before:
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. (Goodreads)
A: Akita – Kitty wants a male Akita as her pet. This revelation near the beginning of the book sets everything off.
B: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – It’s recital part tradition for Margot and her dad to sing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” together.
C: Chris – Lara Jean’s oldest friend. She may drink and party and be promiscuous, but she remains a good friend of Lara Jean’s.
C: Cinnamon Toast– Peter’s favorite food, which surprises Lara jean greatly.
D: Dad – Lara Jean’s dad. He’s one of the coolest dads in YA literature- funny, loving, and open-minded!
E: Eve Song – Lara Jean’s mom. Eve died almost six years ago, but the Song girls will always miss their mom.
F: Four Loko – Chris got wasted one night on this substance and will forever regret what she did after getting drunk on Four Loko.
G: Genevieve – Peter’s ex-girlfriend. This girl is vicious and will do whatever it takes to keep everyone away from Peter.
H: Hatbox – This is where Lara Jean keeps all her letters, that is, until the day they’re all mailed it.
J: Josh Sanderson – Lara’s crush. Margot’s boyfriend. Yup, things got really complicated really quickly.
John Ambrose McClaren – Lara sends a letter to him and goes to a Model UN conference he attends just to get closure.
K: Kitty – Margot’s younger sister. Kitty is smart, slightly bratty, and very stubborn.
Kenny Donati – A boy from church camp Lara Jean sent a letter to. This letter got returned.
L: Lara Jean – The protagonist of the book, Lara Jean is cute, funny, sweet, and endearing.
Lucas Krapf – Lara sent a letter to him as well. Unfortunately, Lucas happens to be gay.
M: Margot – Kitty and Lara Jean’s sister who is away at college in Scotland. Margot is the generic “perfect” sister of the family.
N: Night-Night Tea – Lara Jean’s mom used to make this tea for her when she couldn’t fall asleep at night.
O: Owen Kavinsky – Peter’s younger brother, who is, in Lara Jean’s opinion, a miniature Peter.
P: Peter Kavinsky – He always takes the last slice of pizza. He’s also ridiculously good-looking and so, so annoying though! Personally, he’s my favorite. This boy drives Lara Jean crazy, but he’s also the person that she needs in her life.
Q: Quirky – “I think you cute in a quirky way” is what Peter says to Lara. This gets her really worked up, so of course bickering ensues.
R: Raisin Weekend – A “mix between drinking a lot and Latin.” Margot tells her family about this to not seem homesic.
S: Steve Bledell – Steve Bledell’s mansion is the site of a party, a very important event that clinches Lara Jean and Peter’s plan.
T: Tart and Tangy – Frozen yogurt shop where Lara Jean first meets Peter’s friends. Peter also pays for her frozen yogurt.
U: US History – Yup, this universally dreaded class. Lara Jean happens to be taking it.
V: Virtual Sunday Night Dinner – Lara Jean’s idea to spend more time with Margot. It’s through this Sunday night dinner that Margot finds out about Peter.
W: Wheaten Terrier – The breed of Jamie Fox-Pickle, Kitty’s new dog.
X: siX dozen cupcakes – Peter and Lara Jean grow a lot closer when she has to make 72 cupcakes for the PTA bake sale.
Y: hit me with Your best shot – A pink nail polish color Lara Jean uses when she finds out Peter and Genevieve broke up.
Z: froZen custard – One of the last things the Song girls do together before Margot leaves is going to get frozen custard together.