Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2
Published: May 26th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Categories: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
External Links: Book Depository • Goodreads
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.
Felt like P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han betrayed me. It’s not only about my expectations but what I found endearing qualities in the first book was just not here. I would have blamed my slump for not liking it that much but I compared notes with other people and felt the same way that I did. Because damn it, why did John Ambrose McClaren happened?!
But at the same time, I don’t blame him. His character was actually well portrayed. I really liked John. His exchanged letters with Lara Jean brought an inappropriate smile on my face. Even though I should be rooting for Peter.I was all excited to see how the story will flesh out their relationship then they hit a major curve ball—unnecessary drama which pulled everything down to me. I get that relationship face difficulties and all that. But we were left with a cliffhanger and I was eager to find out if they do end up together what would it like to be (while they’re in a relationship). It was depicted in underwhelming way. Ah, high school drama~
John and the ex-girlfriend represent how young and weak their relationship was. That contract of them not breaking each other’s heart was sweet in a very juvenile way (well, they are young and so was their love for each other). It wasn’t just one of them, both had fault why they had a falling apart somewhere in the middle. Lara Jean knew better and sometimes I wanted to ask the same question she threw at Peter. The conflict in this sequel continually made me shook my head. What were you lad/lass doing?
It went from reconciliation, exchanging letters from a boy she loved before, scheming ex-girlfriend, plus meme from a controversial video to “I choose you” like a pokemon trainer. But after all that I still didn’t have the gall to rate it lower than 3 stars; all thanks to the very superior prequel. Oh I wish this didn’t happen and thought it would have been better of me thinking about an open-ended conclusion than to know how non-existent Lara Jean’s character development here. How unfortunate.
Preview Quote: “I know now that I don’t want to love or be loved in half measures. I want it all, and to have it all, you have to risk it all.”