Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han

I read the entire book on the plane journey back from my holidays and attempted to hide my tears from everyone else on the plane but failed miserably and ended up going through passport control with puffy red eyes and having to explain to the lovely lady who checked my passport why I was in such a state! Lara Jean is one of my favourite contemporary characters and we’ve been on such a beautiful and emotional journey with her throughout the series but I agree with Jenny Han it’s time her story ended, for now anyway…

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

Lara Jean is still the goody-two shoes she always has been but also experiences some great character development, as she becomes a lot more confident, flexible and welcoming to new options. She’s changed so much since the first book and I’m glad we’ve been able to see her become such an incredible young woman. This was very much a coming of age story, and I loved seeing Lara Jean take her first steps on her own exciting journey and a new beginning. As per usual, the relationships in this book are perfect and Han cleverly gives us a balance between Lara Jean’s relationship with Peter (which just melts my heart and is one of my favorite relationships in YA contemporary novels) and her relationship with her family which again is just so darn cute!

The ending was simply beautiful and just had me in streams of tears, a wonderful conclusion to an equally wonderful series. I’m going to miss all the characters and if you haven’t started this trilogy, I highly recommend it. Thank you very much, Jenny Han for creating such incredible characters and for sharing your story that I’ll love forever.

Thank you for everything Lara Jean,

A x

P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han

I was so excited when I found out Jenny was writing a sequel to ‘To All The Boys I Loved Before’ because I loved the first book and I really wanted to read more about Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship; they’re just so cute. But damn you John Ambrose McClaren for making me fall in love with you too!

‘P.S I Still Love You’ is the sequel to another one of Jenny Han’s charming and heartwarming novels and follows the journey of Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship however things aren’t that simple as they both face different obstacles which not causes trouble but puts their relationship in jeopardy.

Lara Jean has grown up a lot since the first book which I think makes her a better character. This also helped her when she was stuck in sticky situations and I was really proud of how she handled it with class even if she’s on the verge of breaking down. Plus, I can’t help but laugh on Kitty. Such a witty, hilarious kid.

I felt that Peter didn’t play much of a role he did in the first book which I kind of missed but his love and relationship with Lara Jean made my heart melt  and I loved that he would do anything for her! John. Why did you have to suddenly join the club?! At one point part of me wanted Lara Jean to end up with John as they were just so cute together and he was so lovely and kind especially when they were together at the party and during the snow storm! My head kept saying, John is the smart choice… but my heart, my heart wanted her with Peter. I think I would have been happy with either ultimately, but the end left me with a big smile on my face.

Finally, I liked how their relationship wasn’t your typical contemporary and it had real ups and downs but at the same time it was just so cute and had me smiling throughout the whole book!

Overall, this was a really cute sequel which made me experience lots of emotions, so I rate this book 5/5 stars! I highly recommend that you read this series as it is just so cute and has everything you would want from a contemporary.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read this book! I loved it so so so much as it was very cute and the perfect romance. I haven’t really got much to say about this book but that it was a good quality contemporary which had the right amount of romance, drama and laughs.

Lara Jean is your classic quiet girl who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day her world is turned upside down when all of her letters are sent out. Now she must face her past crushes but maybe something good may come out of these letters after all.

The story was brilliant. It beautifully showed the journey of a relationship with all it’s ups and downs. It was funny, dramatic, so romantic and in some cases cheesy but the right amount of cheese! It also portrayed the message of not judging a book by it’s cover though the characters of Lara Jean and Peter, both of which come out their shells and have a completely different side to them. 

The characters were one of the best parts of the book in my opinion and the stress on the importance of family was also a nice extra. Lara Jean is an amazing main character, I love that she’s actually focused on things that matter, and from page one she was just so relatable. The fact she is also asian which helps bring diversity into the book and begins to show a bit of the culture.

Peter K. Gosh, isn’t he just perfect. He’s so cocky and flirty, but sweet and caring. Yes, at times I did think he was a bit of an ass but then he would instantly redeem himself with some cute little note or romantic gesture. His relationship with Lara Jean was to me so real and romantic from the very start and the banter they had with each other was not only really cute but funny!

Josh on the other hand was the good boy, the boyfriend everyone would dream of having and I loved his relationship with the whole family but for me I think i could only see him as a big brother figure towards Lara Jean. He was so kind and funny which made him that perfect male character. But if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be Kitty, as she’s so cute, funny and even sassy at times!

My favourite part of the book has to be the Halloween scene where Lara Jean dressed up as Cho Chang from Harry Potter because if she dressed up as anyone else they would think she was a manga character! When she and Josh started throwing spells at each other, again made me chuckle and when she had her moment with Peter; oh it was so freaking cute!

The ending I certainly didn’t expect but I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t want to give away what happens because it’s the climax of the novel and one of the cutest parts. I am so pleased that there’s another book because I don’t think I could have survived.

This was my first Jenny Han book, but it definitely won’t be the last. This was such a cute, quick, and fluffy yet meaningful read. I definitely recommend it, it’s perfect for summer. If you have any recommendations of which one of her books I should read please let me know in the comments below.