Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult
Format: Copy borrowed from the library
My rating: 4/5
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.
Ever since seeing the Netflix Original To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before late last summer, I have been obsessed with Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky! I’m sure I am not alone haha. Of course, I had to get my hands on the book and lo and behold I find out it is a series. The second in the series has Lara Jean in a real relationship with Peter, but one of the other letter recipients comes back into her life.
“Things feel like they’ll be forever, but they aren’t. Love can go away, or people can, without even meaning to. Nothing is guaranteed” (Han, 29)
Lara Jean is a junior and in her first relationship. I feel that her character is emblematic of that kind of young love, seeming that this is her forever – all or nothing. Her curiosity and naivety is comical yet realistic as someone in this stage of life when it comes to having a boyfriend in high school.
“I’ve heard people say that the more you like someone, the more you think they are beautiful even if you didn’t think so in the beginning” (Han, 42)
Personally, this I believe to be true. Most of the guys I end up with I see more clearly physically than I had when we were first friends. It is an interesting realization and demystifies the whole love at first sight feeling.
“And besides, isn’t this the way one loses boyfriends, by acting paranoid and jealous and insecure? I’m fairly certain this is not a good look on me” (Han, 74)
We see Lara Jean struggle with this throughout the book as Peter still seems connected with Genevieve. I get it, I’ve been there. This year, however, I’m working on letting go and stopping those automatic negative thoughts (ANTs). It is not healthy and we see Lara Jean spiraling as she encompasses all three of these characteristics – a natural reaction regardless of maturity. Lara Jean processes these thoughts internally and with her sisters, sometimes using baking as her crutch – a trait she and I share. I also love how she throws herself into her volunteer internship at the retirement community. Her creativity and drive are compelling and humbling. She breathes life into the people and places she cares about, maintaining and building strong bonds.
Overall, I flew through this second installment in the series (thank you snow-filled winter weekend!) and can see how Lara Jean was stuck between Peter and the other letter recipient. I think she made a great choice, and I am hopeful it will yield an honest and positive love. 🙂
If it couldn’t get any better, Netflix announced over the winter holidays that they will be making a sequel!
Read P.S. I Still Love You if you like the themes of:
- Young love
What are you excited for in the sequel on Netflix?