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5 Books To Read If You Fell For ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’

I recently got super excited for an adaptation that’s coming out this August. My high school self appreciates this story due to my hopeless romantic tendencies of always feeling too much. Do I still get carried away at times? Guilty. But Jenny Han’s YA-romance novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, has brought out a little sentimentality in me and I think we all need it.

 

This novel, and soon-to-be Netflix adaptation premiering on August 17th, follows a sixteen-year-old Lara Jean who has that invisible high school experience. No one really knows her, she lays low, but deep down her imagination runs wild. She has a secret collection of five letters written to all the boys she loves and love in the past. Five letters no one knows about, until one day they somehow make it into the hands of each boy. Feelings come to the surface and soon Lara has to figure out who she is in order to show everyone and herself that she’s truly open to love. I know, my heart. But the trailer looks quirky, cute, and the cinematic style is oh so lovable. Whether you read it or not, here’s five books to kick you into gear for some summer lovin’.

 

 
1. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
 
 

 

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Jessie becomes the new girl when she begins classes in a brand new school. She’s just looking for some friends and a little helpful advice on how to get by with her teachers. Then out of the blue she receives an email offering help from a person called Somebody/Nobody. She begins to wonder what his agenda is exactly. The more they talk and the closer they get, she wonders if perhaps certain identities are better left unknown.

 

 

 
2. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
 
 
 
 
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Natasha is a realist. Facts, science, and being logical is all she’s known. On her last day in New York City, she and her family could lose everything. In comes Daniel; he’s a good student, son, and certainly not a dreamer. He never believed in poetry, but the moment he spots Natasha, he sure as hell believes in something

 

 

 
3. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
 
 

 

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Macallan and Levi are both set in their ways of simply being friends. That’s all they need and all they’ll ever need. Or is it? The older they get and the more they hang out, they begin to feel like all those complicated feelings are actually worth it.

 

 

 
4. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
 
 
 

 

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Josie has always had her own way of translating life however she feels; it’s always worked for her. However, life throws her a curveball when her sister decides to marry Mr. Not-So-Right. It makes her begin to wonder if she ever knew what that four letter word meant. But soon enough she’s about to figure out the true and real meaning of it all.

 

 
 
 
5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertelli
 
 
 

 

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Simon’s big secret? He’s gay, but no one can ever know, not right now at least. However, a fellow classmate needs his help so he blackmails him with the emails he’s been exchanging with a guy he really cares for, but remains anonymous. Simon’s biggest secret is now on the brink of being revealed.

 

 

 

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