Review: Always And Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

always and forever lara jean jenny han

always and forever lara jean jenny han

Title: Always And Forever, Lara Jean  
Author: Jenny Han  
Series: To All The Boys I've Loved Before #3  
Genre: Contemporary, YA  
Publication date: May 2, 2017 
Rating: ★★½ 

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. 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. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Never say no when you really want to say yes.

I remember loving the first two books in this series. Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky’s love story touched my heart. They were these two adorable human beings that I simply couldn’t resist. I loved the drama, I loved the humour but most of all I loved Lara Jean’s kid sister Kitty.

I didn’t need a third book. Personally I thought the story wrapped up nicely after P.S. I Still Love You. But you can always count on this community to elevate your excitement so by the time this book released I was hyped up and ready. HELL YES.

Then I started it and it took me… four weeks to read it. Honestly. I’m not sure what’s the problem here. If the book just isn’t any good or if I have grown too old for it. Judging by the ratings of my goodreads friends, it’s mainly me. But even then this book has issues that can’t be ignored.

There is no real plot. Okay sure of course there is a plot, but it’s not an exciting one. The book is supposed to tell us how Lara Jean experiences the last months of high school and the stress of getting into college, but in reality it just teaches us how to bake chocolate chip cookies and plan a wedding. The plot is mostly a string of underdeveloped, separate events that never managed to make me feel anything. On top of that I thought the drama was childish and could have easily been avoided by some common sense.

Worse was the fact that I didn’t like Lara Jean anymore. She was immature and didn’t feel like an eighteen-year-old about to leave for college. Her reasoning made me roll my eyes and her jokes were nowhere near funny. There is not enough character development either. At the end of the book I still didn’t deem her ready for college. I used to think she was cute. Now I found her childish, naive, unremarkable and dull. 

Her relationship with Peter felt pretty much the same. In the time that had supposedly passed, nothing had changed. I didn’t exactly need them to start sleeping together, but I guess some evolvement would have been natural, no? Lara Jean still freaked out when Peter came in her room and the door was closed. Like, ohmygod a CLOSED door. NOOOOOO. Things slightly improved towards the end, but it wasn’t only the physical part of their relationship that bothered me. There just wasn’t any depth. I missed real emotion and significant conversations. Peter felt like the kind of boyfriend you have when you are thirteen. Fun to hang out with, but not the one you’ll call when you’re truly in need of support. When she had to describe why she loved being with Peter, this was apparently the best she could come up with:

I think couples costumes might be my favorite part of being in a couple. Besides the kissing, and the free rides, and Peter himself.

Yeah. And there really isn’t anything more to Peter in this book. They kiss and they go places and he brings her a chocolate chip cookie EGIAERGHEJRGHAEJ DAMN COOKIES and they fight. And okay, they make up too. That’s it. 

There were so many unnecessary details in this book. The focus is all wrong and I didn't care about any of it. Although that’s not true. I still cared about Kitty. She saved this book. That girl is something else (and also completely unfit to be an eleven-year-old character. She was more mature than Lara Jean). And alright, the book isn’t the worst of the worst. It’s still mildly enjoyable if you don’t think too much. You might like it, after all, everyone else seems to. It just wasn’t for me (anymore).

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  1. I still need to go and reread this entire series, especially since there'll be a movie released soon. I'm sorry that you didn't enjoy this book as much as you wanted to, but I greatly enjoyed your review! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I absolutely love it!

    I'm new to blogging and book reviewing, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers and book reviewers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I'd love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you so much! I will definitely check out your blog as well. As for tips, I think there are better people to ask. I've been at this for a while, but I still feel like I'm wearing baby shoes. I think the most important thing is to just be yourself and post about the things that interest you. Don't do things just because 'everyone else does them'.


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