Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

After finishing the second volume of the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series, I could not help but pick up the third.

Genre: Young Adult, romance, contemporary

Blurb:

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My thoughts: 

The book describes Lara Jean’s final year at high school as well as her continued romance with Peter Kavinsky. In the story she is also looking ahead to the next step in her education, as is Peter. We read about the decisions she has to make for her future and the struggles she has to make these decisions.

The book is a perfect continuation of the story we read in the first and second volume. The emotions expressed are heartfelt, and the decisions made sincere and born of love – a love for oneself as well as for another person. This volume is the perfect ending to the romance we have enjoyed so far; and, like the other volumes, is written with sensitivity and an adherence to Lara Jean’s sense of what is right and wrong for herself.

I recommend the series To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before for those who enjoy reading romance. These novels were written for adolescents and they capture the essence of first love as well as the decisions that teens need to make when in a relationship with the opposite sex. The series is perfect for this age group and avoids any inappropriate descriptions of a sexual nature.

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  5 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 65th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

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

After reading To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and enjoying it, I knew that I had to read the next book in the series. I ordered the book online and, when it arrived, I placed it near the top of my TBR pile.

Genre: Young Adult, romance, contemporary

Blurb:

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?

My thoughts: 

This volume is the continuation of the unexpected romance between Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky. The story describes Lara Jean’s first romance with all the problems that come with it. As with the first novel in the series, the romance described is pure and what one would wish for when reading of a first love. No relationship is perfect, and this is what Lara Jean Finds out. The obstacles described to her love in the novel are believable, as are the resolutions.

I loved reading this volume as much as I did the first. I turned the pages with a smile on my face and, even though the drama described is a typical teen drama, it was not overdone. This is an excellent sequel to the start of the series and I look forward to reading the next installment.

I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐⭐  4 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 64th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

Book Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

My Twitter feed was filled with posts referring to the upcoming film on Netflix which was an adaption of a Young Adult romance novel that I had not read. After reading the blurb For All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, I saw that the story would be something that I would enjoy. I decided that I would read the book first before watching the film – as you know, the book always has more detail than the film.

Genre: Young Adult, romance, contemporary

Blurb:

Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave to her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are one’s she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved – five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

My thoughts: 

While reading this story, I was reminded of why I enjoy reading Young Adult romance novels. The storyline was a breath of fresh air with no overt sexual scenes, and the description of a first love was tender and empathetic. When I read about Lara Jean, I could imagine my own teen daughters experiencing their first love. The interaction between the siblings, as well as between the members of the opposite sex, is believable. I loved this story so much, I could not stop reading it and finished it within a day! I have set the novel aside for my daughters to read – and I have ordered the next book in the series. If you enjoy romance stories, you will enjoy this one (no matter whether you have read a Young Adult book or not). This story is also appropriate for young teens, so there is no need to worry if you daughter or granddaughter wishes to immerse herself in it.

The film: 

As can be expected, the film is not as detailed as the novel. A few minor things have been changed to enable to film to flow fluidly – and to stay within the 99 minutes of the film. Despite the changes in the film adaptation, I enjoyed the film especially as it kept the ethos of the novel.

I give this novel ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️ 5 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 54th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)