June 26, 2017

"Always and Forever, Lara Jean" by Jenny Han Review


Book: Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Author: Jenny Han

My Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: 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?

      So I was initially not going to read this book because I was convinced I was not going to like it. I was not a fan of the second book of the trilogy (at the time it came out though it was a duology) so when I heard a third book was coming out, I was a bit weary of picking it up, and pushed it off to the side. I'm so glad I picked it up though because reading this book was exactly what I needed.

      What to say without spoiling anything... This book is everything I wished the previous book was. The first half of this book was a bit iffy for me because it seemed like there was no plot and I was getting a bit annoyed with Lara Jean which was my big problem with the previous book, but things got real and I really started enjoying the book.

     This book brought me back to my high school days and just filled me with feels. Even though overall I was not a fan of high school, I do miss somethings, and it was such a simpler time. I can remember graduating and me and my friends promising to stay friends forever. LOLOLOL now I legit only talk to one person I went to high school with and that's my best friend in the whole wide world. I mean, I don't even talk to my twin brother like I did before we graduated. High school was a less stressful time and I miss the way life was easier back then, though at the time I had no idea how easy it was. Basically, this book reminded me of all the feels of high school and the conflicted thoughts on graduation. Granted, I never had a boyfriend or a relationship of any sort like Lara Jean does, but still, the same overall feelings were there.

      I really enjoyed reading about Lara Jean and Peter's relationship. It's such a cute dynamic but it also has it's ups and downs, and I loved how Jenny Han showed those trials because I can imagine that's what real couples go through in such big life events such as graduation. Once again, I know nothing of that sort because I'm #foreveralone

      Writing-wise, the writing was eh, but I was expecting that based off the last book. Despite this, there were some really beautiful parts and times when the writing just got so real that I just had to stop and let myself deal with the emotions I was feeling and wrap my head around somethings.

      Overall, I really enjoyed this book which was a pleasant surprise. I'm glad I put off reading this book because right now was the perfect time for this sort of contemporary read in my life. I'm doing research this summer and I'm all by myself with no friends around, so I've had a lot of me time, more me time than I'm used to. I've always enjoyed being alone, but I've really started learning the difference between being alone and being lonely. Reading this book filled me with happy, summer vibes that I needed and makes me want to start doing things on my own.

      Everything aside, I truly believe this was the perfect ending for Lara's story. I am satisfied with how things ended and am really happy with how Jenny Han wrapped things up. This book did the story a justice that the previous book just couldn't do.

      So, have you read this book? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, have you read the other books in the trilogy? If you haven't, I highly recommend giving this series a try if you are looking for a feel-good summer contemporary read.

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