Always and Forever, Lara Jean
by Jenny Han
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance (sweet)
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars (rating system)
Synopsis: Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.
Life couldn’t be more perfect!
At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.
Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? (Goodreads)
My Fairly-Spoiler-Free Review
Book one in this series, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, is my favorite. I loved the premise, I loved the conflict, I just loved everything about it. Lara Jean is one of the best protagonists I’ve read. And who doesn’t swoon when they read about Peter Kravinsky?
Through the series I have grown to LOVE Peter. He’s totally one of my favorite book boyfriends. Part of me is left wondering, why Lara Jean? How did he never move on? But that’s the realist, unromantic side of my brain (yes, there is a teeny tiny part of my brain that does not live for romance).
So Book one would get a 4.5 star rating. I LOVED it. I told everyone about it.
Book 2 would get a 4 star rating. I liked it. I almost didn’t, but it pulled through. It ended well. And all was okay in the Song family again.
And now, we have book 3… 3.5 stars is probably right. It’s cute. Read it if you like the series. but there are a few disappointments. I felt like the plot and conflict were essentially the same in each book. So by book 3 I was ready for something new. I also would have loved for Lara Jean to need to fight for Peter rather than the other way around. Again, it felt the same in each book and by book three I would have loved for her to fight for him.
And that’s why I ask, Why hasn’t Peter moved on?
Lastly, I would have liked the book to go just a bit farther into the story. We are left with barely a resolution and an “I guess it works out after all?” I wanted to know for sure that it ends the right way. The whole plot revolves around college and I want to know what happens when they go to college. I felt like I read a whole book about the what if’s of college and then didn’t get to see them resolved.
That being said, read book 3 if you want. *shrugs* I can’t really tell you to GO READ IT because I didn’t love it.
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