How to read Jenny Han's 'To All the Boys' books in order before the spinoff hits Netflix

Believe it or not, the 'To All the Boys' books have some non-fiction elements!

Coming to Netflix, To All the Boys books
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You've undoubtedly heard the news about the To All the Boys spinoff, XO, Kitty. Like devoted YA enthusiasts everywhere, you're patiently waiting to see what Jenny Han's fictional world holds for us next. But before the little Covey sister gets her turn in the spotlight, why not revisit the series in its original format—print?

Though categorized as fiction, Jenny Han's bestselling books are loosely based on her own personal experiences. Unlike Lara Jean, Han's secrets haven't been exposed for all of her peers to see. (Looks like there wasn't a real-life Kitty to spill the beans, fortunately.)

"I wrote love letters when I was trying to find closure and put it all on the page like a diary," the author revealed to TODAY in 2020. "I put them in a hatbox and never sent them."

As we know well, Lara Jean's letters do make their way into the hands of their subjects in both the books and Netflix movies, but as a result, To All the Boys has gifted us with a page-to-screen series that melts our hearts (and made us take a liking to Noah Centineo), so we're forever grateful. 

Just a thought: whatever Han creates next should definitely be a contender for the new Netflix Book Club. For now, we'll tell you how to read the To All the Boys books in order ahead of the spinoff. 

How to read the 'To All the Boys' books in order:

by Jenny Han ( $5.50 (opens in new tab)

Amazon, To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han ($5.50 (opens in new tab), £6.55 (opens in new tab))

Emotional turmoil is underway for 16-year-old Lara Jean. Though she secretly writes letters to the boys she loves—five in total—the messages are never sent and instead are kept confidential in a hatbox...until her little sister gets her hands on them. What happens when those top-secret feelings are revealed simultaneously? 

by Jenny Han ( $7.24 (opens in new tab)

Amazon, P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han ($7.24 (opens in new tab), £4 (opens in new tab))

Although devastating at the time, the exposure of Lara Jean's deepest feelings has its benefits, a.k.a. Peter Kavinsky. Although the teen is really falling hard for him—though their courtship started out as pretend—what happens when another fella makes his grand return into Lara's life? Can she possibly get away with loving two boys at once?

by Jenny Han ( $8.78 (opens in new tab)

Amazon, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han ($8.78 (opens in new tab), £4.64 (opens in new tab))

Lara Jean's senior year is off to a great start: she has a loving boyfriend, a growing family with her father's remarriage and acceptance letters from colleges. But what will this new chapter of her life mean for the boy she loves? What happens if they're separated?

Where to watch the 'To All the Boys' trilogy: 

The three film adaptations of the To All the Boys book series are currently available on Netflix and all worthy of a binge—if you're looking for something with all the feels! 

"What you feel as a teen still really resonates as an adult," Han further stated on TODAY. Relive those moments through Lara Jean! 

About 'XO, Kitty'

A spinoff of To All the Boys I Loved Before, Netflix's new 10-episode series focuses on Lara Jean's younger sister Kitty, a teen matchmaker, who journeys across the world to reunite with her boyfriend. Upon her travels, she soon discovers that love isn't quite as easy as she might've thought. A release date has yet to be announced.

Danielle Valente

Danielle is a writer for woman&home and My Imperfect Life, covering all-things news, lifestyle and entertainment. 

The heart of her time at Future has been devoted to My Imperfect Life, where she's been attuned to the cosmos, new TV shows and relationship trends.  

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids and a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, amNewYork and Newsday, among other outlets. 

When Danielle is not working, you can usually find her reading a book, coffee at hand, or attempting a new recipe. (Recommendations always welcome!)