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Author: Jenny Han
Publication Date: 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary YA Romance
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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han | Book Review
THE STORY | Since she broke up with her first-ever boyfriend, things haven’t been right in Lara Jean Covey’s world. This, alone with the encouragement of her sisters, inspires Lara Jean to go back to how it all began, and pen Peter another love letter.
With some new rules and a new appreciation for the boy she never thought she’d like, Lara Jean and Peter become official. The only trouble is, coinciding with this is the arrival of a letter from John Ambrose, one of the boys one of Lara Jean’s five love letters made it to. This causes her fragile bond with Peter to experience a few bumps. Add in a high school scandal in which Peter and Lara Jean are thrown into, and Lara Jean’s first love happiness unravels.
REVIEW | This has been on my must-read list for months. It’s appeared in my monthly bookstagram photo TBRs, and been in the back of my mind for longer still. Last summer I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and fell head over heels. Finally in the first month of the year, I read this follow up sequel, only to be a tiny bit disappointed.
Spoilers to follow!
Lara Jean’s story opens with a new love letter (quite appropriately), and continues to feature letters. With John Ambrose, her relationship takes on a kind of “pen pal” friendship which helps to endear the story as an old-fashioned kind of love story; it continues the same kind of thread that book one has. Unfortunately, because of the issues that crop up, this sequel doesn’t have quite the same charm. She deals with some serious issues (which revolve around sex) at school, which means her normally sunny outlook vanishes. As a result Lara Jean becomes a different person in this story. In many ways this is understandable, but I miss the essence of who Lara Jean is.
Peter and Lara Jean are also different in this story. There isn’t that same “adorable” sense of first love between them. That said, again, the conflict is understandable given the situation they go through. I still enjoy them together though, and love the Covey family as a whole. Lara Jean disappoints a few times, but overall, this sequel is well worth a read.
From what I understand, this was meant to be Lara Jean’s final letter until fans love for the duo grew to such a state that its author, Jenny Han, wrote Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I haven’t read this third novel just yet, but suspect it will be the missing piece that completes this story, and Lara Jean. If you like stories with an old-fashioned approach, you’re sure to love P.S. I Still Love You.
Though not quite as delightful as its predecessor, P.S. I Still Love You still leaves me giddy to see the upcoming Netflix adaptation.Experience an old-fashioned #YALit contemporary with Lara Jean Covey. Add #JennyHan's delightful 'P.S. I Still Love You' to your TBR. Girl + Boy and a New Letter! Click To Tweet
Content: there is much discussion about sex, and whether or not a couple is engaging in inappropriate behavior in a viral video. There is also discussion between sisters about having sex. Profanity also is used more frequently, including some use of the F-word. The book would rate PG13.