To All the Boys I've Loved Before

by Jenny Han
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Why do you think the author started To All the Boys I've Loved Before with the line "Josh is Margot's boyfriend, but I guess you could say my whole family is a little in love with him."

The author begins To All the Boys I've Loved Before with this line to establish Josh's unusual status within the Covey family and explain why he remains important to the rest of the family, including the narrator, Lara Jean, after Margot breaks off their relationship.

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Jenny Han's novel To All the Boys I've Loved Before begins with the observation that the "whole family is a little in love with" Josh to establish his peculiar status within the Covey family, which will latter become an important element of the plot. Since Margot breaks up with...

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Jenny Han's novel To All the Boys I've Loved Before begins with the observation that the "whole family is a little in love with" Josh to establish his peculiar status within the Covey family, which will latter become an important element of the plot. Since Margot breaks up with Josh near the beginning of the narrative, the fact that he was Margot's boyfriend would not in itself make him a major character. However, even when Josh and Margot are still together, he seems just as connected to other members of the family, including Lara Jean, the narrator, as he is to her.

Lara Jean goes on to to explain the importance of Josh to other members of her family. He is their neighbor and is constantly at their house. Lara Jean's father is an obstetrician and gynecologist, as well as the father of three daughters, meaning that he is constantly surrounded by women at work and at home. Josh seems to be his principal male friend, and the two go fishing together. Lara Jean's sister Kitty loves Josh because he plays card games with her and at least pretends to be interested in the game. Lara Jean observes that it sometimes seems as though Margot loves Josh mainly because the rest of her family is so attached to him.

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