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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Review: P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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Book: P.S, I Still Love You, Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2
Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books
Release Date: May 26th, 2015

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?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

You know when you’ve just read a very heavy book; something that drained you emotionally or had your heart pumping a mile a minute? And you know that the next book you read needs to be something very light and fluffy that will calm your heart and your feels, but still be something very enjoyable and cute? This is that book series.

The story is very simple, but so much fun to read. The characters are very American and their problems are very first-world and teenager-y, but still entertaining.

After the cliff-hanger of To All The Boys I Loved Before, I couldn’t wait to get back into the story of Lara Jean and her family, and the love she has for two boys in her life. She and Peter finally become a real couple in this book, not the fake one that was in To All The Boys I Loved Before. She’s in the throes of a first relationship and everything that comes with it – insecurities, questions, and new discoveries. It was so refreshing to read.

While Lara Jean is coming to terms with being in a relationship and everything it means, we also have a new boy thrown into the mix. John Ambrose McClaren – Lara Jean’s former crush who comes stumbling back into her life having turned out very well for himself. It’s obvious from the get-go that he likes Lara Jean as much as Peter, and when Lara Jean realises Peter is hiding things from her, she’s suddenly very confused.  I honestly had no idea which boy was going to win in the end as both had great chemistry with Lara Jean and she loved both of them in different ways. Normally I don’t like love triangles but I really liked this one! It wasn’t clich├ęd, with one “bad boy” and one “good guy” – there was no way of telling who she was going to pick until they were picked.

Lara Jean is still an adorable character, and one I felt like a big sister to. She’s coming out of her shell more, experiencing new things and taking bigger risks. Yet she’s still very protective of her sisters, loves to bake and experiments with her clothes and hair. She deals with some bullying over a video that occurred in the previous book and I adored the way the author handled it. Lara Jean is not used to having attention on her, either good or bad, and suddenly all eyes are on her and she’s the one being judged because she’s a girl. It reminded me a lot of how girls are expected to be proper and classy and not show skin in public, whereas boys get congratulated and applauded when it’s announced they have any sort of a sex life.

Despite how fast this book seemed, I really enjoyed it and thought it tied up incredibly nicely. Our characters have grown and they’ve gotten the ending they deserved. I would definitely recommend this book duo to anyone who loves contemporary reads or is looking for something fun to read after a particularly heavy book.

6 comments:

  1. Can you believe I've actually never read a Jenny Han book? >.< I know, I know. I need to get on it.

    Sometimes you just need a light and fluffy read and luckily with summer coming up, we have quite a few coming out. I've been reading Katie Finn/Morgan Matson but Han has definitely been on my radar and seeing that Lara Jean is not only likable, but a dynamic character too makes me want to look into it even more.

    Is this series a good place to start, or should I read something else by Han?

    If you're wanting more fluffy summery stuff, I'm actually hosting a Review Train on summer reads and you're more than welcome to join us in the fun if you like. No pressure, though!

    Your blog is super cute and I followed via Bloglovin!

    Brittany @ http://www.spacebetweenthespines.com/

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    1. Hi Brittany, thanks for visiting! I'm glad you like my blog, I'm quite fond of it :P

      I've read more fantasy/romance based novels more than these fluffy reads to be honest but I do love reading them from time to time :) This book and To All The Boys I've Loved Before is the only series of Han I've read but I'd 100% recommend it!

      I'm really interested in that Review Train though, tell me more!

      xx

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  2. I need to read this one!!!!!! Great review. :)

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    1. Thanks so much! Hope you love it as much as I do :)

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  3. I got the first one to this series and I've been wanting to read it already! Maybe when work slows down I will get the chance. Great review!

    Carrie @The Book Goddess

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    1. It's a very short book and it's so fluffy I'd say you'd get it read really quickly! I know what you mean though; between college and work I've barely any time to read anymore!

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