P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)by Published 26 May 2015
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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.
"P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)" Reviews
Though this one is my least favorite in the series, it's still a solid contemporary that I flew through. It's not as lighthearted or optimistic as the first installment, but it focuses on heartbreak and incompatible relationships. It shows the aftermath of a whirlwind romance - the "happily ever after" - which many contemporaries don't.
I was about to rate this just a 3/5, but then I remembered this one has my boy John Ambrose McClaren and the USO party HECK YES.
SO CUTE OMG OMG! I felt the resolution came a little too quickly hence the 4.5 but I loved every second.
This review will contain spoilers... and profanities.
First of all, giving this book 2 stars is a very generous act on my part.
Okay, one star then.
My initial reaction upon finishing this book was to roll my eyes. To the moon and back.
I am so pissed. This book is just awful.
Behold, the summary in bullet form!
featuring BONUS CONTENT: SLIGHT COMMENTARIES.
• Lara Jean Song Covey is a fragile, innocent, princess
• Peter Kavinsky is the complete opposite
• they're dating
• they signed a contract. (be honest all the time; not break each other's hearts, etc)
• they're only 16
• Peter still hangs out with his ex-girlfriend Gen (also Lara Jean's ex-bestie)
• this drives Lara Jean insane
• whenever Lara Jean asks Peter about Gen, he shrugs it off
• Peter gave Lara Jean a poem he claimed he wrote
• it was Edgar Allan Poe's
• poor princess
• John, one of the boys Lara Jean has "loved before," wrote her back
• DUN DUN DUN DUN
• the beginning of something terrible (and exciting. yes!)
• Peter never missed a lacrosse game. But for once, he did.
• and it was for Gen
• Peter is shit
• full of it
• Lara Jean and Peter broke up
• the reader (me) is ecstatic
• Peter thinks he's the king of the world
• he still treats Lara Jean like garbage
• John and Lara Jean started hanging out
• they kiss
• “I think I could be a person who is in love with more than one person at a time.” - Lara Jean
• %!^#?*!%*#?$^*#!?^* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
• Lara Jean is also full of shit
• Peter professed his love
• Lara Jean fell for it
• poor Johnny left behind
• Peter and Lara Jean ended up together
Now, do you get my point?! Do you see where I'm coming from?!
I don't know why I did that. I just made myself even more irritated than I already am.
I was annoyed 99% of the time by most of the characters because they were so unrealistic! Everyone's either super nice or super smart or super arrogant or super bitchy. And they're all immature, my goodness! You just couldn't find yourself relating to any of them.
Also, I don't think I will ever understand Jenny Han's thing with love triangles.
1. Best Friends (Lara Jean & Genevieve; Peter & John)
2. Sisters (Margot & Lara Jean)
And could we forget the Summer trilogy (which I hated with all my gut I couldn't even read the next two books)?!
3. Brothers (Jeremy & Conrad)
Am I missing something here?! Because this set up will never work for me and I don't see how it does with everyone else!
Anyway, to all girls and boys, my point is this:
1. Do not let your partner treat you like some garbage.
2. Once you find a gentleman/gentlewoman, never let him/her go.
3. If you do otherwise, don't come crying to your Mama.
4. Never settle for less.
5. Everyone deserves to be someone else's #1.
P.S. I Still Love You: Alternate Ending
Lara Jean and Peter broke up because it just isn't working anymore. Peter apologizes for whatever he's done to hurt Lara Jean—he didn't mean any of it. Peter thought he has moved on from Gen, but he thought wrong.
Lara Jean is broken, but she's learned so much from this experience and realized she's missing out on other things. She gets on with her life and focused on more important matters like college and being Kitty's big sister.
But someday, she's willing to open up her heart again.
John waits from the distance. Waiting, waiting...
* * *
I hope this book made teenagers realize how little they know of love and not the other way around.
I speak like a Granny. I'm only 18.
Oh my god. Let me live.
Urg!!! I don't know what to feel! I'm happy and I liked it but at the same time I'm not happy. And damn you John Ambrose McClaren for getting under my skin!
OMG! Thank goodness there is a sequel because Dear Peter... was definitely not an ending! Except the author said there will be more about that other Model UN guy, John, and we will see his letter so thus probably another love triangle! No! Just Peter! No John!!!! Go away John!
"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."
This book does many explosive things to my heart.
Every time I read a new novel by Han, I am always assaulted by these strong emotions. In a way it reminds me of our quintessential home where I grew up. It simply hits me at the right spots. It makes me reminisce certain childhood memories. That is pure talent. I get nostalgic and pensive. It sounds sad, but it’s absolutely astonishing, very few books could incite those feelings from me.
P.S. I Still Love You opens right after where the first book left it off. Lara Jean on at the verge of making it up to Peter. And she’s slowing navigating her life. A reader could expect, kissing, scandal, intense jealousy, family love, and more kissing.
Like with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, I also annihilate this book. It is fast paced and very easy to get into the flow of the plot. Though at times, I find myself frustrated, but obviously I got over that nasty feeling.
What I adored about this series is the fundamental role of Lara Jean’s dad and sisters to the story. I’ve seen some readers begging to read more books that include parents in the plot. And hey! this is the book for you. They are integral part of the story just as much as the protagonist.
We have a Korean American main character(s). Lara Jean and the Song sisters heritage are essential to the story. Han explores some of the common Korean culture. I’m certain micro aggression was also briefly covered in the first book. It’s amazing, even if it doesn’t take a reign over the plot.
The romance is cute just as I was expecting. And like I said there would also be jealousy which is one of my favorite tropes as long as the guy isn’t an Alpha asshole about it.
Highlight of the book: There are plenty of “you don’t need a man to fulfill you and all the beautiful, independent feminism talk.”
I will always boast about Young Adult books that doesn’t steer clear from “sex”. I love books that stays very true. There are some teenagers who genuinely doesn’t care about this subject, but how about those people who does? I’m very pleased P.S. I Still Love You didn’t skip that part.
P. S. I Still Love You is a satisfying conclusion. Fans of Jenny Han won’t be disappointed.
You can listen to my To P.S. I Still Loved You playlist in 8tracks. See the tracklist in tumblr. Full review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.