Hello, readers! At the end of July, I finally decided to dive back in to the world of Lara Jean Song Covey. I can’t express how much I love these books! I talk about them every chance I get. I immediately started the last book and finished it in a couple of days. I almost did a joint review post for them, but I did not love P.S. I Still Love You as much, so I wanted to review them separately.
**Obviously spoiler alerts ahead if you have not read the first book in the series.
Goodreads Rating: ★★★★☆ 4.16
My Rating: ★★★★★ 4.5
Page Count: 337 pages
Genre(s): YA contemporary
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2
Publisher: Simon & Shuster Books for Young Readers
Published: May 26, 2015
Plot: 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.
Review: The first book left off with Lara Jean and Peter’s future very much in the air, as Lara Jean sits down to write another love letter on the final page of the book. This book picks up where the first book left off. It is still Christmas break, and Lara Jean and Peter are in limbo and Margot is home from college. No shocker here, but Lara Jean and Peter patch things up pretty early on and all seems well.
Margot is hounding Lara Jean about volunteering at the senior center she volunteered at in college. Lara Jean starts working there, and those chapters were a bit boring for me at first. I did guess how it would all tie in later on, but at first I was really worried I was not going to like this book because of these chapters.
Lara Jean begins receiving letters of her own from John Ambrose Mcclaren, while Peter is hanging out with his ex girlfriend, Genevieve. So obviously we have a weird love rectangle thing going on. Lara Jean is jealous and does not fully trust Peter and Genevieve’s relationship (neither did I!), and Peter is not thrilled that Lara Jean is writing letters and eventually hanging out with John Ambrose.
The conclusion left me feeling weirdly satisfied. I won’t spoil who Lara Jean ends up with, but I would have been happy either way I think.
Final Thoughts: This book was definitely the weaker of the trilogy because we get yet another love triangle situation. I also thought the Genevieve situation was a bit “been there, done that.” I was not happy to see her make so many appearances in this book. Overall, I rated this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 stars just because there was really nothing new happening in this book. But Jenny Han has created such wonderful characters and has such an effortless writing style, that I was willing to overlook the recycled plot points and immediately pick up the final book in the trilogy.
Thank you so much for reading my review! Are you planning to watch the Netflix adaptation of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? I absolutely can not wait for next Friday!