Review: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You Jenny Han To All The Boys I've Loved Before
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Title: P.S. I Still Love You 
Author: Jenny Han 
Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA 
Publication date: May 26, 2015 
Rating: ★★★★ 

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?

I’m really happy I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before when this book was already available, because I don’t think I could have handled the wait. Imagine having to wait for months after that way too abrupt ending. I read the first book in one day, I read the sequel the next. Is it as good? I’m not sure. Maybe not. It’s different for sure, but it is definitely as addictive. I couldn’t stop reading any more than I could before.

After a rough start, Lara Jean and Peter get together and they’re really cute and amazing and things are going great. People are getting used to their relationship and Lara Jean is getting along pretty well with Peter’s friends and family. Until an awkward video pops up. Apparently someone taped the hot tub scene from book one and uploaded it for the entire school to see. Things get a bit heated in that scene and the video makes it seem as if they’re having full on sex. Which isn’t the case, but no one really cares. They just jump at the opportunity to make fun of someone. It’s Lara Jean they laugh at, not Peter of course, and this sets in motion a whole lot of other events.

People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world - they are everything. And then one day they’re not.

Peter Kavinsky is still bae. I mean, he does stuff he really shouldn’t do and there are times you’d kill him for being inconsiderate and naive or even pretentious and blind, but that’s what makes him so great, you know? He’s still just being himself, not pretending to be more perfect than he is. But he’s also incredibly charming. I love the way he acts around Kitty or the sweet way he calls Lara Jean ‘Covey’. He’s very real. He’s still hung up on Gen though, which is… difficult for him and Lara Jean. They both struggle with it, when really he should just blow Gen off. He doesn’t of course. They never do. And as annoying as it is, it also makes a great story.

I loved Lara Jean as much as I loved her before. She’s really upset about being the new school slut and although many people feel she should just get over it, I get that she can’t. I would be devastated if people were saying things like that about me. And of course she shouldn’t care about it, but I think people expecting her to just ignore it, have clearly never been bullied before. It’s easier said than done.

There’s also sort of a love square at some point. One of Lara Jean’s old crushes comes back: Johnsomething. I didn’t like him. Probably because I didn’t feel like picturing Lara Jean with anyone but Peter. But - I didn’t find the square as annoying as I normally would, because I don’t think she was actually in love with John. For me, it felt as if Lara Jean was just terrified of taking risks and being in love. So she escaped by supposedly falling in love with someone else. Which never would have happened if Peter hadn’t been so hung up on Gen and… well, it’s kind of a chain reaction. It was annoying for sure (really, who needed another boy?), but it was understandable and so I got over it fairly easily.

So much of love is chance. There's something scary and wonderful about that.

This book is a very fast read. The pages suck you in because you can’t wait to find out if Peter and Lara Jean get their happy ending. “Yes” you would automatically say, and I agree – this is after all ‘just’ another YA romance novel. But things aren’t that simple. They never are. I won’t pretend this book isn’t predictable. One look at the cover and the blurb shows it is, but it’s still very enjoyable. It’s a nice story full of recognizable situations and characters. Kitty was the best, by the way – I don’t think it’s possible not to love her. And so it goes on.

There’s good chemistry and if there’s genuine chemistry, then I’m hooked. Let’s be honest here. I didn’t read this to discover memorable quotes or surprising story lines or deep thoughts etc. I read this to enjoy myself and to fall in love. Jenny Han managed to make me feel it. Well done, I’d say.

“In the contract we said we wouldn’t break each other’s hearts. What if we do it again?” Fiercely he says, “What if we do? If we’re so guarded, it’s not going to be anything. Let’s do it fucking for real, Lara Jean. Let’s go all in. No more contract. No more safety net. You can break my heart. Do whatever you want with it.”

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