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To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2014 novel by Korean-American author Jenny Han. The protagonist and narrator Lara Jean Song-Covey, a half-Korean, half-Caucasian girl, is the middle child of three girls. The majority of the novel takes place after the older sister, Margot goes to school abroad (in Scotland). They live with their father, as their mother died several years ago.
The introverted Lara Jean keeps a book of letters to former crushes in a shoebox. The recipients of the letters include primarily Josh, her sister Margot's ex-boyfriend (with whom she broke up to go to Scotland), Peter, John, Kenny, Lucas, etc. One day, Peter approaches her and says that he does not have feelings for her, at which point Lara Jean realizes that her love letters (many of which were written long ago) have somehow been delivered to the intended recipients.
The major characters are Josh (Margot's ex-boyfriend, for whom Lara Jean has latent feelings), and Peter (whom Lara Jean uses as a ploy, in order to convince Josh that she has feelings for Peter, and not for Josh).
Lara Jean and Peter end up dating publicly to satisfy their independent aims (Lara Jean's to avoid Josh and Peter's to inspire jealous in his ex-girlfriend Genevieve). Josh tries to kiss Lara Jean, which results in Lara Jean examining her feelings during Christmas break.
By the end of the novel, Lara Jean learns that Kitty (her younger sister) has sent the letters to their recipients, including Peter. Lara Jean also discovers that she does indeed have feelings for Peter, which she confesses to him at the novel's close.
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