Last Updated on August 6, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 654
Some important quotes from To All The Boys I've Loved Before are:
We tease Daddy and say how lucky he is that we’re all so good, but the truth is, we’re the lucky ones. He’s a really good dad. And he tries hard. He doesn’t always understand us, but he tries, and that’s the important thing.
The above quote encapsulates the relationship between the Song girls and their widower father. There is a mutual give-and-take between Dr. Covey and his daughters. It is Dr. Covey's conscientious efforts that inspire gratitude in his daughters. In the story, both Dr. Covey and Margot are emotional anchor points for Lara Jean, as the following quote demonstrates.
All of a sudden I feel panicky and it’s hard to breathe and I couldn’t care less about cherry chocolate-chunk custard. I can’t picture Thanksgiving without Margot. I can’t even picture next Monday without her. I know most sisters don’t get along, but I’m closer to Margot than I am to anybody in the world. How can we be the Song girls without Margot?
When Margot leaves for Scotland, Lara Jean feels lost. To Lara Jean, Margot is the quintessential mother figure. It was Margot who took charge after finding their mother, Evie Song, dead. According to Lara Jean, Margot called 911 and Dr. Covey and had tasked Lara Jean with watching three-year-old Kitty after discovering their mother's body. In all, Lara Jean looks up to Margot, and this quote highlights her sense of loss after Margot leaves for Scotland.
It is the splintering of the family that also sets Lara Jean on a course of discovering her true self. In Margot's absence, she begins to explore her feelings for boys and to live life on her own terms. Lara Jean experiences the important process of differentiating from Margot and her past. Instead of relying on childhood memories to define her present, Lara Jean begins to discover her own unique voice and worldview.
When my dad has a day off, he cooks Korean food. It’s not exactly authentic, and sometimes he just goes to the Korean market and buys ready-made side dishes and marinated meat, but sometimes he’ll call our grandma for a recipe and he’ll try. That’s the thing: Daddy tries. He doesn’t say so, but I know it’s because he doesn’t want us to lose our connection to our Korean side, and food is the only way he knows how to contribute. After Mommy died, he used to try to make us have play...
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