Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3)

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Burn For Burn

The Summer I Turned Pretty:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before:

Synopsis:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Thoughts:

I haven’t been the biggest fan of this series. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s awful and I’m still a fan of Jenny Han’s writing. I just didn’t get the love for it as much as some others have done. I was surprised that there was a third instalment, but I was interested enough to purchase a copy and read it. I’m glad I did read it, because I think it wraps up the story quite nicely.

This book focuses on Lara Jean’s senior year. She’s expecting to go to the same college as her boyfriend Peter, however, she has some news that shocks her and changes her plan. But will her relationship survive?

I enjoyed reading Lara Jean and Peter’s story.  My favourite characters in the series do tend to be Lara Jean’s sister and her Dad. I think they’re a wonderful family and I love their interactions in this series. I hate to say it, but I actually found Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship quite irritating in this particular instalment. It was mainly Lara Jean that frustrated me with her decisions.

This book isn’t particularly plot heavy but it was easy enough to read and I think it concludes the series quite nicely.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

I may not be as much of a fan as some other bloggers of this series, but there’s no denying that it’s a sweet contemporary YA read!

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P.S. I Still Love You (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

How did I get it?:

I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Summer I Turned Pretty
It’s Not Summer Without You
We’ll Always Have Summer
Burn For Burn
Fire With Fire
Ashes to Ashes

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I have to admit that I struggled a little bit with the first book in this series. I mean, I like Jenny Han’s writing and I adored The Summer I Turned Pretty and Burn For Burn. I just didn’t quite get the love for her new series. It’s enjoyable enough sure, and is a decent YA read, but I didn’t get the adoration that most of the YA reading blogosphere did. However, I wanted to give this book a go because it is Jenny Han and she is a brilliant writer. This book didn’t take me long to read at all, but I wasn’t overly impressed- there was far too much relationship drama for my liking.

I guess I was expecting a bit of a cute romance with this book but in the next instalment, Lara Jean encounters another boy that comes back into her life. Lara Jean’s feelings for the boy from the past start to develop and she finds herself wondering if she can be in love with two boys at once. To me, this book felt like the younger end of young adult, especially with some of the silliness involved. The plot seemed a little too ridiculous at times. There didn’t seem to be much of a plot and the story didn’t seem to gel well in my opinion.

I was a little disappointed with some of the character development. Peter didn’t quite turn out how I wanted him to either which was a shame. There’s something about it that kept me reading though. Jenny Han’s writing is addictive and I can imagine that many readers are going to lap up this book. It is certainly fun and light to read and doesn’t take much time to read at all. It has some fun moments and some really witty writing.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Whilst I wasn’t overly impressed with this sequel, I know fans of Jenny Han and contemporary YA will enjoy it!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously read by the same author:
The Summer I Turned Pretty

Synopsis:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, 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 Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

Thoughts:

I was really, really expecting to adore this book. Not that I had read any Jenny Han before, (I’ve only recently read The Summer I Turned Pretty) but that so many people were raving about it, I thought it must be amazing. I think I listened to that hype monster a bit too much, because whilst I did thoroughly enjoy this book, it wasn’t the five star read I expected it to be. That’s not the fault of the author, of course. It was my own expectations.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before centres around Lara Jean. Lara Jean has written many letters to a number of her crushes throughout the years. She of course, never expects them to be sent. Lara Jean tells each boy what she loves and hates about him. Somehow (I guessed how) the letters are taken from Lara Jean’s room and sent to each boy. Lara Jean learns about it when one of the recipients approaches her to discuss her letter.

For some reason, I thought that the story was going to focus more on the mailing of her letters. I thought she would be suffering at school as the letters spread around. I thought our main character would be a lot more embarrassed and have to deal with the fall out. Whilst some of Lara Jean’s embarrassment was revealed, it wasn’t to the extent that I had anticipated. The book focused more on her relationships with two male characters.

Even though this story didn’t centre around what I had expected it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story. I found it to be an incredibly cute and easy to read contemporary book. I really liked the relationships between the sisters. I thought they were all great characters in their own right. I’m not the biggest fan of a love triangle but in this book the romantic relationships are well written. It’s never too much and a case of insta-love. Whilst I didn’t really agree with Lara Jean acting on feelings for her sister’s ex, I thought the romance itself was sweet.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!- 3.5 stars

I think fans of cute contemporary reads would devour this book!