P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


A wonderful, amusing sequel that, I think, is better than the first.

Lara Jean is so confused. But she knows one thing is true: she cares about Peter and wants to have him fully--no more pretending. So they start to date, really date, and if feels as if nothing has changed, but everything is different. Being with Peter is much more complicated than she thought it could be, and with the threat of Genevieve's jealousy possibly ruining them, it becomes almost too much to handle.

Just when Lara Jean is at her most stressed, she recieves a letter. From John Ambrose McClaren. Lara Jean starts to relive the feelings and moments she had for and with John, and it complicates her relationships even more. But it all comes down to want she wants. Who does she want to love, completely, with no contracts holding them back?

I LOVED THIS BOOK! More than I thought I would--which is a lot. I had high hopes, but I was also a little worried. When you have so much riding on something, you become so nervous that it isn't going to meet your expectations. And with this novel in particular, I was so nervous because I wasn't sure what was going to happen.

So many times you read a book where the couple ends up together, and that's the end. You never really see the "after" of it; what happens after the unifying kiss. But this book was all about that. And none of it felt like filler. It wasn't a book to beat a dead horse, just to tease us and eek more money out of us. It felt like it really had a point--which, again, I thought wouldn't happen. It was a new adventure with the same characters; it was about a girl struggling with her insecurities and new relationship. It was funny and heartbreaking and maddening, and I loved every second of it.

Lara Jean really learned a lot this book; about herself, her friends, her family. She really grew up. As a person who loves books that are focused on character development, I was supremely pleased. She has such an innocence about her that I really understood and related to, because I was exactly like her in high school. Everyone around me was having sex, and I was watching musicals, just like Lara Jean. And of course, Peter was just as incredible as he was in the first book. He made some mistakes, but he was always true to himself, and didn't care what other people thought of him--except Lara Jean, of course. He was just as swoony as ever. And John Ambrose McClaren was pretty swoony and interesting too--but Peter will always have my heart.

This book, surprisingly, was more about the character growth of Lara Jean than it was about the relationship, but the two went hand-in-hand. And though it was completely horrifying and spectacular to watch their relationship begin and end and begin again, it was totally worth the frustration. It was sweet and unique and I loved every second of it.

Like in the first book, the writing felt a little immature to me--but that mostly comes from Lara Jean. Her "Mommy" and "Daddy" thing is just a little immature. But the writing didn't bother me this time, like it did in the last book. And I don't know if that's because the writing got better, or if it's because Lara Jean grew up and became more mature. I really loved in this book, that I don't remember this in the first book, was the more contemplative and elegant paragraphs that occurred every few chapters. It was a nice touch, and really beautiful.

But the best part of this book, was the underlying feminist plot. I loved it. Every girl needs to know that she is her own person, who deserves equal respect to anyone else, even if sometimes it doesn't seem like it. And Lara Jean really learned about the discrepancy between the way men and women are treated--and how unfair it is. Hats off to you, Jenny Han, for putting that into this book, and giving it the importance it deserves.

Seriously, if you haven't started this duology yet, please get on it. It's fantastic.

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