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. Lara Jean ~ P.S. I Still Love You
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance Page Count: 337
Author: Jenny Han
Lara Jean didn’t expect to fall in love with Peter after the two of them pretended to be dating.
It wasn’t supposed to be real. Except suddenly, it was. Now Lara Jean is confused more than ever. When a boy from her past comes back into her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return as well. Can she fall in love with two boys at once?
I wouldn’t say this was a bad book but it certainly wasn’t as good as the first book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
It started out just like the first book: casual, funny, lighthearted, and surprising. I’m going to try to avoid spoilers but basically, it started with Lara Jean determined to do something, that something didn’t go as planned, you think it’s all over, then BAM surprise surprise. (am I irritating you yet? :P)
Yea, it started out pretty good, then the fallout from the last book hit and all that was driving the story was the drama from the release of a tape involving Lara Jean and Peter kissing passionately and Lara Jean’s important new job taking care of old people. The tape thing went on so long, I got irritated about it and wanted to be like, ‘Who cares what people think, Lara Jean! You got your man and that should make you happy, now live your life!’
Eventually, that did finally pass and half-way through the book, things got a bit more interesting with the introduction of a new character. I found myself entertained but I also felt sometimes that the book didn’t have some of the things I loved about it’s predecessor. A happy protagonist that doesn’t complain, witty dialogue and thoughts, characters that felt real and an innocence. It still had most of those things but not as much as the first book and the innocence was completely gone.
Sex was talked about throughout the book, f-word was used more frequently, (plus some other words) Lara Jean wanted to make people jealous a lot and homosexuals were encouraged. Also, there was a lot of unnecessary drama. (spoilers) The antagonist, Genevieve, hated her father for being with a young woman of 18 when he was — well old. The two were happy to be with each other but when Lara Jean saw it, she said stupid stuff like, ‘the 18 year old wasn’t even an adult (which isn’t true, she’s 18!) and if her father did such a thing she would never be able to look at him. Love doesn’t matter on what age you are! The girl was an adult! I don’t know, I just found that really stupid. The morals in this book were not great.
I didn’t like the characters as much in the sequel, but I still liked them a lot. Lara Jean is petty in this book. Something she wasn’t in the first book and a bit whiny, but she is still super relatable and following her story is like being with a friend that understands you. She’s still a great character to root for. Peter and the second “love interest” John Ambrose Mclaren (I don’t know why, but his name is just so much fun to say!) were both fun characters and so was Lara Jean’s witty sister, Kitty. They still felt pretty real.
It didn’t have the magic the first book had, but it was entertaining. I’m pretty upset about how prevalent the homosexual character was, the sex talk and the created drama about Genevieve’s father, though. I think it could’ve been a lot better.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘seriously?’)
There wasn’t a whole lot of romance in this book. There was a lot of kissing but only like two or three scenes were passionate and they never went beyond kissing, spooning and making out. Most of this book was mentioning inappropriate stuff like the first book, but worse. Sex was talked about a lot. Two sisters talk about minor details of what it’s like, Lara Jean thinks about what it’s like a lot and because of the tape I was talking about above, people ask Lara Jean a lot about it. There are bad jokes about being pregnant and abortion. Porn is also briefly mentioned.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant cussing’.)
God’s name taken in vain with words like: oh my ___ and ___ damn. Other words like: sh*t, damn, hell, d*ck, and p*nise mentioned. Also f-word used a few times throughout.
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘graphic violence’.)
There’s no violence I can think of unless you count verbal violence. (It’s a thing ya know :P)
Drinking, drugs or smoking: 1-10
(1 for ‘hardly any’ and 10 for ‘constant use’.)
A Homosexual is mentioned and prevalent in the story.
Homosexuals are encouraged in this book and prevalent. The book even goes so far as to describe what it’s like for the character to like his own gender.