Context- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

This story bears many resemblances with other books I have read. In many coming of age/teenage themed books I have read, there is usually a worst case scenario in the person’s mind based on a simple flaw, or secret that they have, which they do not even think about what could possibly happen if that secret got out, and more often than not, the secret gets out. And for the rest of the story, you are basically going to the journey to fix this problem with this person. Like for example, in the book, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean has a special teal hatbox in which she keeps her painfully (to her) honest love letters to each of the boys that she has ever loved. And the absolute worst possible thing happened to her, they got mailed out to each of the boys. This can be related to another book I read, which conveniently cannot remember what it is called. But basically in the book the person has a bunch of secrets like really deep dark secrets and they get let out, and the person cannot deny them.

This whole story surrounds the idea of love and relationships, which can be seen everywhere around us. Like people always hear about this emotion called love, many people spend their lives trying to find it, some lose it, and some never lose it. Love is even mentioned in 1 Corinthians 13:13, which says “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” What this means is that the three things that truly last forever are faith, hope, and love, however the most powerful of these is love. But love carries many forms in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, there is family love, intimate love, and even fake love. Family love is arguably the first type of love most of us are exposed to, it is the love we get from our parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, it is a very warm love. And then there is intimate love which is the love you have for your boyfriend, or girlfriend, husband, or wife, it is hard to explain in fact, my dad says it is something that cannot be explained, it must be felt. As you walk down the hallway, or the street, love is everywhere, we can see it, whether it is real love or not, is debatable, but nonetheless is is everywhere. Something that is in the text, which can be related to currents events would have to be telling rumours to hurt one another, and example from the text would be when everyone starts lying about Lara Jean and Peter having sex in the hot tub, which completely ruined her reputation, even though she did not, this happened because there were stories that that kind of thing happens there so there were preconceived ideas about when Lara Jean and Peter were making out in the hot tub. This can be compared to how people get preconceived ideas about a certain group of people because of the extremists, this is totally unfair and should not be happening, but people would rather go with what they are told than to search it for themselves since it would be very tedious, even though we have all of this information at our finger tips, but then again, it could also be that humans simply do not care.


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