What Lara Jean means to me

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It’s been a few months since To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before hit Netflix and I’m still in love with it. I’ve probably seen it at least 10 times (I watch it about once a week). I’m currently listening to the soundtrack while writing this blog post.

I’ve never felt this way about a character before. I remember when I first read the book back in January of 2016. It was the first time I read a book and was like So this is what representation feels like. Lara Jean is half Korean and half white. I am half Filipino and half white. To see and read about a character that was also half and half, was life changing. I related to so many little aspects of Lara Jean’s life. Like the fact that we both hate driving (fun fact: I still do).

I remember people had criticisms about Lara Jean and said that she was “childish.” I never thought that because she was totally me in high school. Being more “innocent” is not a bad thing. I personally think it’s kind of an Asian girl thing. I think a lot (but obviously not all) Asian girls are a bit more innocent than other girls and that is totally okay. I love that Lara Jean normalizes this innocence.

I read the sequel immediately afterwards and fell in love with Lara Jean even more. The third book came out when I was a Senior in college and I didn’t want the book to end because I didn’t want to leave Lara Jean and her story. I was too attached.

Then I got into law school and the weekend before school started, the movie came out on Netflix and took Lara Jean to a whole new level. I loved Lara Jean in the books, but movie Lara Jean was exactly what I needed.

It was crazy to see an Asian American female lead character in a movie. And not just any movie, a movie that everyone was obsessed with. My heart swelled with Asian pride. Who would have thought that Lara Jean would have this kind of impact?

As much as I related to book Lara Jean, movie Lara Jean is literally me right now. And that is what makes her so special to me.

Lara Jean gives me hope. Hope that the shy Asian girl can get the hot guy. That Asian girls are not invisible. That we can get our own Peter Kavinsky. That we don’t need to be like every other white female lead in a rom-com. We are enough just the way we are. And that is the most powerful thing of all.

Just think about it. When have you ever seen a female lead like her?

Lara Jean inspired me this semester and is literally the reason why I’m getting through law school okay. I will often ask myself, What would Lara Jean do?, whenever I find myself in an awkward situation. I even had a crush on a gorgeous boy this semester and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I wrote him a letter (that I never ended up giving to him and never will because he dropped out of school).

Flashback to just last week on Halloween. Nobody in my section dressed up at school except for me and this one other Asian girl. And guess who we were? Lara Jean. I was wearing her airport outfit and she was wearing LJ’s party outfit. Another Asian girl (who first saw my outfit on my Instagram) commented on how much she loved my dressing up as LJ. Crazy what the power of representation can do. Lara Jean was just the second Asian character I have been for Halloween (the first being Mulan). I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in years (the last time was in 5th grade when I was a pirate) but I just had to because I finally had someone worth being.

Basically, Lara Jean is so important to me because she represents so much. She empowers and inspires us Asian girls. Thank you Jenny Han for creating her and sharing her with the world.

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Ponytail. Check. Sunglasses on top of head. Check. Necklace. Check. Striped sweater. Check. Skirt with buttons. Check. Too many feelings. Double check. Let’s do this.

Mulan Book Tag

I was tagged by Rebecca at Bookishly Rebecca to do the Mulan book tag. You can check out her post here. Thank you so much to Rebecca for tagging me! I am so excited to do this tag because Mulan is my favorite Disney Princess.

Rules:

  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like🙂

REFLECTION: “WHEN WILL MY REFLECTION SHOW WHO I AM INSIDE?” -AN INACCURATE BOOK COVER THAT DOESN’T REFLECT WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT

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Living the Dream by Lauren Berry

Based on the cover, you would think that characters would be drinking a lot of coffee in this book. Nope. They never drank coffee. Instead they were always drinking some sort of alcoholic beverage. I’m still confused as to why they decided to stick a coffee cup on the cover.

MUSHU: A CHARACTER WITH A LOT TO PROVE

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Magnus Chase from the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series by Rick Riordan

Magnus is the son of a Norse god who ends up in Hotel Valhalla. He is expected to fight in Ragnarok when it finally happens. While he’s waiting, he has to save the world multiple times, so I guess you could say he has a lot to prove.

“I’LL MAKE A MAN OUT OF YOU”: A CHARACTER WHO DEVELOPS THE MOST OR A BOOK WITH SOME KICK-ASS TRAINING SCENES

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No book really jumps out to me, but I guess ACOMAF by Sarah J. Maas. Feyre learns a lot in that book.

“A GIRL WORTH FIGHTING FOR”: A SHIP YOU WILL DEFEND TILL YOUR LAST BREATH

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Lara Jean and John Ambrose McClaren from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

I actually really love these two together. Sorry Peter, but John is way better. I hold on to hope that later on in the future, Lara Jean will break up with Peter and realize she belongs with John.

HUNS: A BOOK/CHARACTER THAT GIVES YOU THE CREEPS

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Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

That book is probably one of the creepiest books of all time because of the subject matter, but I loved it regardless.

MULAN: YOUR FAVORITE BAD-ASS FEMALE PROTAGONIST

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Squirrel Girl from The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Squirrel Girl is hands down my favorite. She’s a total boss. I could go on and on about her. Seriously, go read her comics and the YA book.

I tag…

So this is the first of many tag posts I have coming so I’m not going to tag anyone directly. If you want to do this tag then go for it (and be sure to tag me so I can check it out)!

Once again thank you for reading!

xoxo,

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The Liebster Award

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I was nominated (a very long time ago) by Zoe from Home of Indie Authors. Thank you so much for nominating me. I had a ton of fun answering your questions and coming up with my own. Here is a link to her post.

 The rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog/post
  2. Answer the nominator’s 11 questions
  3. Come up with your own set of 11 questions to be answered by your nominees
  4. Nominate 11 bloggers of your choosing – don’t forget to tag them, provide a link to their blogs – let them know!!

Questions and Answers 

Q. What are your favorite genres to read?

A. I read anything that strikes my fancy, but I particularly enjoy YA, middle grade, romance, historical fiction, and contemporary.

Q. What’s the first book you ever recall reading?

A. I honestly cannot remember because I was very young.

Q. Do you read self-published authors? Why? Or why not?

A. Yes I do! I love reading them because they often offer something different from more mainstream authors.

Q. Who is the author you stalk online the most?

A. Jenny Han! Also Jacqueline Smith, my new favorite Indie author. Her books are the best!

Q. Favorite bookish boyfriend/girlfriend?

A. Q Mercer from the Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters and John Ambrose McClaren from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

Q. What are your favorite things of being a book blogger?

A. Sharing my love of books and reading. Also meeting amazing people.

Q. If you could spend a day in a book, which one would it be?

A. The Chronicles of Narnia! Who wouldn’t want to go there? For Narnia! And for Aslan!

Q. Turn your favorite book into a movie! Who directs it? What actors get the main roles?

A. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney. Not sure about who would direct it, but I would love to see Dove Cameron as Bobbi.

Q. Kiss, marry, kill. Go!

A. Kiss: Rhysand (from the ACOTAR series) Marry: John Ambrose McClaren (from TATBILB trilogy) Kill: The White Witch (from The Chronicles of Narnia)

Q. A huge book disappointment?

A. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I didn’t necessarily hate it but it was so not what I was expecting. There was no plot and it wasn’t fangirl-y enough.

Q. A book recommendation for anyone reading this =)

A. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. I recommend this to literally everyone.

My Questions 

  1. What book do you think is the most overhyped?
  2. Be honest! Do you judge books by their covers?
  3. What’s your biggest bookish pet peeve?
  4. What’s your unpopular bookish opinion?
  5. How many unread books do you have?
  6. Who’s your favorite fictional bookworm?
  7. If someone offered you a million dollars to burn half of the books you own, would you do it?
  8. Who’s your favorite author that most people have never heard of?
  9. Who’s your bookish OTP?
  10. What’s your stance on dog-earing books?
  11. Best book-to-movie/book-to-tv-show adaptation?

Nominations

I never know who to nominate for these things, so if you’re reading this and want to do it, consider yourself nominated!

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