Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Lara Jean didn't expect to really fall for Peter. They were just pretending. Until they weren't. And now Lara Jean has to learn what it's like to be in a real relationship and not just a make-believe one.
But when another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean's feelings for him suddenly return too.
Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? Lara Jean is about to find out that falling in love is the easy part.
I've been a big fan of Jenny Han for as long as I can remember. Her SUMMER books still top my list, and when I read TO ALL THE BOYS, I was happy to find I fell in love with Lara Jean and her crew, too. The last story of her other series was a little disappointing, though, so I was nervous to read this one since it was the final of the pair.
I want to say overall, I was very happy with this book.
P.S. carries on almost immediately after the first book. In fact, we still have a chunk of the whole beginning to get through before Lara Jean and Peter are in the same room. This I didn't mind, though it did build quite the anticipation for a rather quick reunion. The story explores Lara Jean and her time learning how to be more selfless and trusting while in a relationship. And how to be, you know, like, in a relationship.
But it's deeper than that. Which is the point.
I love the characters in these books. I love Lara Jean, because in a lot of ways, I was her in high school--quiet, nervous, sort of selfish. (I'm still all of those things! Sigh.) Her inexperience and confusion in how to handle suddenly being committed to someone else and their feelings and opinions felt very true to her personality. She's quiet, but she's herself, and she's rather secure in that aspect. Suddenly she's got this boy she really likes, who she's only been fake dating? And now they forreal like each other? Suddenly she's got this real thing happening between them, and she's hyper-aware of it, and she doesn't know how to handle it.
Bring in John. John is the second boy mentioned in the jacket summary of this story. WHAT. A. BABE. He's super hot, he's super confident, and he's super kind. He's brought in when Peter and Lara Jean's relationship starts to get bumpy.
Here's the part that ruined me from completely loving this book. In the same way the last story of the SUMMER series felt like a boy-choice-cop-out, I felt like Han almost invited John in purely to give Peter a reason to fight harder for Lara Jean. And I get it--it's kind of how high school relationships really work. But, again, I felt like the way the story was going throughout the novel, and the way the novel ended just didn't fit. I don't want to say I'm disappointed in it like I was with her other series' ending, but I felt unsatisfied and a little confused.
Other than that, I loved the story! (I know--kind of a switch from how I've been talking.) The way Han creates such a real family dynamic with Lara Jean and her sisters and dad is wonderful. (You know me. I'm a sucker for family.) I want more books just so I see how her family turns out! Does Dad start dating? Will Margot come home with a serious boyfriend, or Kitty make up with her friend? Will the new pup learn any tricks?? I'm so invested in her family, which made me feel right at home in the story.
And also, shout out to Stormy. I want nothing more than to be her when I'm older! If you read the book for anything, let it be her crazy personality.
Overall, I think a lot of my complaining spurs from the fact that Han made me fall in love with a boy, only to choose a different one. You can decide which is which for yourself, and if Lara made the best decision! Otherwise the story was wonderful, and I'm glad to have it accompany the rest of Jenny Han's stories on my bookshelf.