Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Jenny Han) #DiverseReads

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Blurb from Goodreads:

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

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 neighbour, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. 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.


RATING

4.8 STARS

HERE’S MY THOUGHTS!

Where do I start?

My heart is full. I really much enjoy reading this wonderful masterpiece by Miss Jenny Han. This book has improved a lot compared to the other two books. I read this book in three days (I think it’s fast), by reading it at night and while commuting because I honestly miss all of the characters so much especially Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky.  This book delves into real life teenage issues that are so relatable yet entertaining to read.

Everyone raves about this last book and how this book makes them happy and sad at the same time. I know I would not want to miss this opportunity to read this. I DNF’d it July last year due to time constraint and I am very grateful to have read this book this month.

In my last book review of P.S I Still Love You, I remember that I totally ship Lara Jean and John Ambrose McClaren so much and I dislike Peter K for being a such a untrustworthy person towards Lara Jean. At first I hope that John and Lara will be together in the third book but it does not happen. For all we know, Peter Kavinsky redeems himself in this book! He is totally worth my time reading about him and his love story with Lara Jean. He is selfless, loving, sweet and also thoughtful of Lara Jean’s family. Jenny Han has successfully persuades all of us to love Peter K.

Many meaningful things happen in this book such as Lara Jean’s graduation, prom, college application, parties, Margot’s coming back home and also Lara Jean’s father, Mr Covey ties the knot with their neighbour, Ms. Rothschild. I don’t fancy his dad with Trina at first, I think that they are a bit off but at the middle of the book I notice such wonderful relationship dynamics between her and the Song’s sisters.

I love Lara Jean. She is thoughtful, mature and independent. I really appreciate her character development. I love how she handles hard situations such as not getting into her university of interest and problems with family and Peter K. I can relate to her more or less. I find that how Lara Jean’s struggles in choosing the right school for her future, unwilling to leave the house and finding the balance between her life at home and college are the most realistic portrayals ever in YA. This is such a genuine point to ponder upon as many of us face this.

The last few chapters are so hard to read. It is really emotional and I totally understand and empathise her. Lara Jean and Peter K make such mature decisions in their lives without any compromise. It is very nostalgic to read this part as I have went through the same thing as them.

I am devastated that this story comes to an end. I am going to miss all of the characters so much because reading about them brings joy to my life. I am very scared to read the ending, as we don’t get to see them anymore in the future 😦

Even though this book is the conclusion of the series, I totally hope that Jenny Han will consider to write about them in the future. Perhaps, novella? Honestly I cannot get over them and I will always be re-reading about their stories. This is not a goodbye for me.

Thank you Jenny Han for writing this trilogy. This trilogy makes me laugh, cry, devastated and crave for more.

Lara Jean will always be in my heart, always and forever

“It all started with a love letter.”

X

Sabrina

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9 thoughts on “Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (Jenny Han) #DiverseReads

  1. Yaaay! I’m so glad you liked this book and that you started shipping Lara Jean and Peter K. after this book, they are definitely an otp of mine!!! ❤ I really loved how their story was resolved, but to be honest, I would love to see a follow-up when they are older!

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