When summer’s here, sometimes all you’re looking for is a cute read. A sweet, contemporary romance to read on the beach, or sitting outside, while enjoying the sun. Look no further, the latest Jenny Han series, starting with, To All The Boys I Loved Before, and completed with the P.S. I Still Love You, certainly is the perfect fit.
“So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.”
If you didn’t read the first book in this duology, let’s start with a little introduction. Meet Lara Jean. She’s a teenager, and she has fallen in love 5 times. Five boys, and five letters she wrote to all of them, pouring out their feelings to them. Five letters she kept in a hatbox, locked up in her room. But what happens when those unsent letters are actually shipped off to their recipients? To know, you’ll have to read To All The Boys I Loved Before. In this second installment, we pick up the story right where we left off in the first book. We meet again with Lara Jean, her family, Peter, the boy of her dreams…and it’s time to figure everything out. In this story, you can expect Jenny Han in her best shape. There are cute boys, many, many swoon-worthy moments, a boy from the past coming back to mess everything up in Lara Jean’s life. You can expect laughs, emotions tearing your heart apart, confusion, and sometimes even frustration. If you’re looking for a sweet contemporary romance, then this is it, all packed-up in once.
“It could have happened lots of ways. But this is the way it happened. This is the path we took. This is our story.”
Jenny Han perfectly captures the heart and feelings of teenagers, in my opinion. I am not one anymore, but yet I felt the same confusion, the same blurry feelings, asked myself the same questions that we can see Lara Jean asking herself. Of course, I didn’t live the same situation as her, but I could put myself in her shoes, and understand her. The main character, but all of the other figures in this story, too, are very relatable. Because they are not perfect. We figure out some of their flaws along the way, but that doesn’t prevent us from loving them any less, on the contrary. I completely fell in love with the characters in this story, as I did when reading the Summer series. Lara Jean was a great main character. However, I won’t deny it, there are moments when I wanted to tell her to wake up, or stop being stupid. She’s not the only one I wanted to slap while reading this book: Peter got the golden award for that title. If I really loved him in the first book, I had a hard time enjoying those moments with him in this installment, mainly because I thought he was acting stupid, at times. That didn’t prevent me from liking the overall dynamics between the characters in those books. They are all different, they all have secrets and back stories. If I was annoyed by some of the characters’ actions, it surely was accurate to the story, and made it only more real, to me.
“If this is love, no thanks. I don’t want any part of it. When I’m older, I’m just going to do my own thing. If I like a boy, fine, I’ll date him, but I’m not going to sit at home and cry over him. I cry over important things.”
What I enjoyed the most about this story, is the place that Jenny Han gives to the family, their own traditions and life. Because in a contemporary romance, there’s not only the romance: I loved that the family story was developped, too. We have a Korean-American main character, which is amazing. We really get to see something different, and explore thorough the story the Korean culture. We really understand the family dynamics, too, between sisters, and the girls and their father. Kitty, especially, the little sister, was the most fun character in the whole book. The way she talks, how she sees love and her relationships to men in general.
The romance is cute, the plot is well-made even though there aren’t many surprises. Jenny Han surely knows how to write an addicting book, with a great dynamic between the characters and dialogues you want to swallow up. If you’re looking for a perfect beach read, something to relax, this is the perfect book for you. It’s not a complicated recipe. It’s characters, they are not perfect, but they are so endearing. It’s nothing too fancy, with a complicated world-building, a futuristic setting, a scary dystopian story. It’s just people, emotions, life stories. But it perfectly works.
Did you read P.S. I still love you? What did you think about it? If not, are you planning to read it? Feel free to share your thoughts in comments!
Jenny Han, P.S. I still love you, Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 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 Times bestseller 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.