Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 243
The characters of Jenny Han's young adult novel, To All the Boys I've Loved Before include the protagonist, Lara Jean Covey. Lara Jean is a sixteen-year-old middle child, who has written letters to her previous crushes, which she keeps in a box in her closet. Unbeknownst to her (and to the readers), her younger sister, Kitty, sends the box's contents to the boys to whom they are addressed.
Peter is Lara Jean's "fake" boyfriend throughout the majority of the novel. They begin dating as a means for Lara Jean to avoid coming to terms with her feelings for Josh, of which he, too, is informed from an old letter. Peter has an ex-girlfriend, Genevieve, whom he is initially trying to make jealous; however, his feelings for Lara Jean become sincere, as are hers for him.
Josh is Lara Jean's secret love interest at the beginning of the novel. The two were friends since childhood, but Josh started dating Lara Jean's older sister, Margot, once in high school. Josh and Lara Jean remain friends, and Margot becomes jealous when she realizes, upon returning from college, that Josh has demonstrated protective feelings for her sister.
Margot is Lara Jean's older sister, who broke up with Josh at the advent of going to school abroad in Scotland. Kitty is the younger sister, whose deep concern for her sister inspires her to send out the personal letters, in the interest of finding her shy sister a boyfriend.