Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Series Details: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
Swooning… Swooning… Yup, still swooning everyone.
More often than not, in my experience with trilogies, second books aren’t usually as interesting as the first. It is hard to make a sequel and keep a reader’s interest especially when the first book was really good. Thankfully, there is no case of middle book syndrome in this. P.S. I Still Love You is just as sweet, and quirky, and fun, and enjoyable, as its predecessor.
Jenny Han’s materials from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before weren’t very fresh and original, to be honest. But she managed to make a great story out of it. She was able to mold something fun and relatable from it—something that is sure to claim a space in your heart for a long time. And she’d done that again in this book. Everything screams “cliché”—the love triangle, the jealousy, the drama—but it was highly entertaining nonetheless. Han continues to give us a very realistic picture of a teenage life. She perfectly captured not just the sweet moments of being young and in love, but also the moments of stupidity and bad decisions that comes with being young.
“One day soon you’ll be in the world and you’ll have so many options, you won’t know what to do with them. Everyone will fall in love with you, because you’re so beautiful and so charming, and you’ll look back on high school as such a tiny blip.”
The family dynamic is still adorable in this one. Having a supportive parent and reading about the close bond between the Song girls is like a ray of light in the world of YA contemporary where parents are usually absent, negligent, or abusive. Most of the adults in this book are quite responsible, thankfully, although they too have their own flaws. Even though Lara Jean and her sisters grew up without a mother, the maternal touches are ever present in this book through the older characters like Stormy, Ms. Rothschild, and even Margot. None of them were perfect, but they throw some helpful life lessons that Lara Jean definitely needed now that she’s in that phase of her life wherein she’s curious about sex.
People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.
I was a serious shipper of Peter and Lara Jean. Not in this book though. Peter acted like a total dick pretty much the whole time. Part of the reason why I’m giving this a high rating is because I got the satisfaction of seeing him jealous. He deserved it. And because McClaren was so nice and charming. Again, I was on board the Peter-Lara Jean ship, but now, if asked to choose between Peter and John Ambrose I’d choose the latter. Truthfully, McClaren would be the wise choice. No crazy ex trying to compete for his time and attention. No one would be plotting to destroy their relationship and tear them apart. Theirs would have been a peaceful and less complicated relationship—one that Lara Jean deserves. I just truly felt sad for everything that could have been.
“When you lose someone and it still hurts, that’s when you know the love was real.”
P.S. I Love You is still a great read despite some parts that I find rather slow and other parts that are irritating. The book contains a lot of talk about sex since Lara Jean became overly inquisitive about it to the point that it has become annoying. It’s like the subject of sex is the only thing running in her head. But the book also contains sweet lessons of love and friendship, of second chances and taking risks. If you’re looking for a light and quirky summer read, start with this series.