Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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 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?
I loved this book however, I’m rating it 4.75 stars because it’s just a conclusion and nothing really happened; anyway I think it closes beautifully the LJ Series.
I know it’s not an adventure or a fantasy book filled with twists and turns that make us jump out of our seats, heart pounding and filled with nerves and anxiety. There was no big scandal in this book like the hot tub video, nor another JAM twist and drama; no, hell no!! But I loved it and can’t even begin to explain why.
Things I love:
How heartwarming this romance is, we don’t get to see much of this kind of clean, honest, old fashioned romance anymore; I enjoyed every moment of it.
I love how this story centers on all the characters’ adjust to changes: Margot to Trina’s living in the house, Lara Jean and Peter to the failure of the “master plan”, even Mr. Covey having a new girl in the house, Margot’s new boyfriend, Lara Jean’s going out of state, etc. Change is inevitable and not always everything is in our favor.
I love how she’s still the good ol’ Lara Jean but her character developed so much more in this book with confidence, flexibility and openness.
I love how strong their family bond is, how proud they are of their culture, their family traditions, etc.
I love how this trilogy emphasizes on the importance of family, of sisterhood and on old fashioned romances.
I love Stormy’s memorial idea and LJ’s speech.
What I didn’t like:
It was too short, I wanted it to end with how her first day of college ended… oh, well!