Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #2
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
I am so happy that I didn’t have to wait too long for this book. To those of you who read To All the Boys when it first came out, I am sorry. You poor, poor souls. I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before a couple of months ago and it was the perfect cutesy read and I wanted to smoosh it. I have been waiting for P.S. I Still Love You with great anticipation and Waterstones delivered it super early so I DIED.
What is reviewing? Anyway. I was really worried about reading this book because I had no idea how it was going to go. Jenny Han’s series enders haven’t been the biggest hits with me… Okay, so what if I’ve only read one? It was a Fuck You 1-Star read and I can hold a grudge. But I shouldn’t have worried because P.S. I Still Love You ended really well and I gave myself so much stress over nothing.
PETER K AND LARA JEAN ARE OTP AND NOTHING CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME.
Do you ship it? Obviously I do. Who even remembers that Josh person? And John Ambrose McClaren *snorts*
So the Peter K and Lara Jean stuff was super adorable and I could read about them forever. They’re one of those couples that feel like fanfiction because they’re written exactly how you want them to be and there’s no blond showrunner to fuck things over for you and ruin the chemistry.
I didn’t, however, love this book as much as I loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. It was still great, but not THAT great. It was addictive, sure, but it was seriously lacking some very important components and other bits were too overdone.
Firstly, there weren’t enough Peter K. and Lara Jean moments. I’m being incredibly greedy here because there were PLENTY of moments and scenes involving Lara Jean and Peter, but they weren’t as adorable as their moments in the previous book. Obviously some things have changed but I missed their interactions from the first book because of all that UST and angst and fake-dating.
Also, there was too much drama with Genevieve. I really didn’t care for that or how it was set out. I think it went on for far too long, and at times it felt a little bit forced, as though Han was desperate to find something to get between Peter and Lara Jean. It didn’t feel like a natural progression at all, and the resolution was something I didn’t really care about.
I did like that we learnt more about Lara Jean and her childhood friends though. We got a glimpse to how things used to be, and Han does a really good job of showing how people grow up and change, and how things rarely go back to the blissfulness of your youth.
That said, it kind of took over from the sister stuff. I adored Lara Jean’s relationship and interactions with her sisters, and the lack of such things in P.S. I Still Love You was more than a little disappointing. GIVE ME MY SISTERS.
But overall, I really did enjoy P.S. I Still Love You. So much so that I read it in two sittings even though I was meant to be revising. It managed to distract me from the shit week I had been having and getting back into Lara Jean’s head and swooning over Peter was a wonderful experience. I am almost tempted to reread both books back to back because they’re just that addictive.