Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: P.S. I Still Love You

 
Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Release Date:May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books
Pages: 337 pages
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description: 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.


            Jenny Han could change the heart of the most cynical human being, I swear. I have only read two books by her thus far, but I am blown away EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. P.S. I Still Love You was one of the best sequels to a book I’ve read in ages.  It’s one of those books that lingers with you, even after you’ve finished reading it.  I cried, laughed, and cried some more.  I thought I couldn’t love Lara Jean more than I did after finishing To All The Boys I Loved Before.  I stand corrected.  In P.S. I Still Love You I fell in love with the unique individual that is Lara Jean all over again. 
            There’s a Korean word my grandma taught me.  It’s called jung.  It’s the connection between two people that can’t be severed, even when love turns to hate.  You still have those old feelings for them; you can’t ever completely shake them loose of you; you will always have tenderness in your heart for them.”
            HOW IS SHE SO SMART AND INTUITIVE AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE! Rhetorical, don’t answer that. Yes, I know the characters are fictitious.  Just let me pretend for a little while longer.  Honestly though, Lara Jean is the definition of an old soul.  It got to the point when I was reading the book where I just left the notes section on my Iphone open and next to me, because I knew I would find another quote by Lara Jean in the book that I would want to write down and remember later on.  Her thought process is a wildly hilarious thing to read about.  Although she is a self-proclaimed “intuitive person” and always asking questions, Lara Jean is also very smart.  She understands and appreciates the people and things around her way more than most kids her age.  I wish I was half as smart and witty as Lara Jean, when I was that age.
            Lara’s quirkiness is what makes these books so fun though.   I also think it’s what makes all the boys like her so much!  Lara says what’s on her mind, and isn’t afraid to ask questions. And LOTS of them!  Although it drives Peter nuts sometimes, Lara Jean’s questions add such a fun spin to the books.  They tend to land her in a heap of trouble sometimes, but that’s just her personality, and one of my favorite aspects of these books!
            Anyone remember the hot tub scene from book one?  How can you not, right?  Anyhow, that situation stirs up some trouble in this book for poor Lara Jean and Peter.  The message Jenny Han is trying to portray in P.S. I Still Love You is so great.  I wish every girl would read this book just for this aspect alone.  While Peter gets off easy with everything that happens, Lara is on the receiving end of a lot of bullying and sex-shaming.  I think this book is perfect for fans of the book The Scarlet Letter or the movie Easy A!
Other favorite parts of this book: Lara Jean’s sister, Kitty, the game ‘Assassin’ that Lara Jean and her friends spend the second half of the book playing, and Lara Jean’s old friend who makes an appearance in this book (sorry, no hints! :) )
While there are so many other commendable facets of this book that I could spend hours going on and on about, I’ll end there.  I hope if you haven’t gotten around to reading this series by Jenny Han that you give it a go soon!  It’s definitely one of the best contemporary books I’ve read this year!
 Emily

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