Man oh man did I want to love this book. I have seen lots of praise for this book and I have seen the movie on Netflix probably seven or eight times now, and thought I would give the book a try.
Sadly, this was the first DNF book for me of the year.
Book Lara Jean vs. movie Lara Jean were a bit different — which is normal and understandable. I wonder if I had read the book first if I would have finished it or not. Book Lara Jean felt really young to me, which I understood because after all she is in high school, but for some reason it wasn’t believable to me.
One of the things that drove me absolutely bonkers was she called her dad, ‘daddy’ throughout the book and I couldn’t deal with it. I ended up replacing the word for dad just so I could get through the book (well what I read of it). It could have been a personal preference, but I stopped calling my dad ‘daddy’ when I was about 10, so to have a high schooler still call her dad ‘daddy’ felt a bit weird to me. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.
Secondly, I did not get why Lara Jean was so hung up on Margot’s opinion on very minor things. I understand Margot is the big sister and she kind of took over the household when their mom died, and now with Margot being so far away at college it’s hard. However, Lara Jean seemed to think she couldn’t do certain activities or cook certain foods simply because Margot was no longer there. I can’t really relate to the sibling relationship because I grew up an only child so maybe that’s why I thought it was weird or off because I couldn’t relate. Or maybe it’s weird and not normal. Like I said, I don’t know because #OnlyChildSyndrom.
Finally, the pace of the book was really slow and nothing really happened in the first 100 pages to keep my attention. I kept putting the book down for other books, and I knew I wouldn’t finish it. I ended up stopping around page 122. If I had finished the book I probably would have given it two or three stars.
I’m really bummed I didn’t end up liking this book, and you all know how I feel about DNF-ing books (spoiler: I hate it) but I’m finally deciding it’s okay to not finish a book. After all I have quite the reading list to get to. 😉
Has anyone read this book? I would love to know your thoughts — both good or bad.
Until next time!