Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published On: May 26, 2015
Rating: 3 out of 5
You have probably heard of Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. It was a pretty popular romance book that came out last year. I absolutely loved it and it was one of my first reviews on this blog! If you haven’t read the first book, I suggest you stopping now, because there are going to be a lot of spoilers. If you haven’t read the sequel yet, the spoilers for you start after the goodreads blurb right below.
“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.”
Last year I read Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I Have Loved Before and I absolutely fell in love with it. It was one of those cute and cliché pretend relationship that turns into a real one and it was great. One of the better romance books that I read last year. So naturally, I was very excited for the sequel P.S. I Still Love You, especially after the first book’s ending. I just wanted more of this story. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed.
The characters were pretty much the same as they were in the last book. Lara Jean is like this cute little yapping puppy; she adorable but can get on you absolute last nerve. She just seemed afraid the entire book, but toward the end she got more confident in herself, which I really enjoyed. Peter is Peter, and I love all the cute moments he has with Lara Jean in this book. Of course, jealousy wasn’t the best color on him, but what do you expect in a cliché romance book. I really enjoyed the addition of John in this book. As much as I liked him as a character, I was really glad him and Lara Jean didn’t get together and ruin the entire Peter plot line. Overall, I liked the characters as much as last time.
This is where I get to my real issues: the plot. There really wasn’t anything too exciting to this book plot wise. I thought at the beginning the video recording would be the main thing, but that blew over pretty fast. The whole Genevieve story and her secret wasn’t that great, because you knew Peter wasn’t actually with her. Even the “competition” between John and Peter wasn’t that long. I just felt like this book didn’t have the story line that kept you reading like the first book.
However, Jenny Han’s writing style is still amazing. I just love the way she writes her stories. She is also amazing at writing love stories, which was by far my favorite part of this whole book. Lara Jean and Peter together are just so adorable I can’t explain it. When she added John into the equation, I didn’t know what to think. I loved John, but I loved the couple together as well. Just so much cuteness in one book.
P.S. I Still Love You had some great scenes despite everything. Like the very fast but very adorable reconciliation of Peter and Lara Jean. I honestly wasn’t expecting them to work things out so fast, but I was glad they did. It gave us a whole book of cute moments of them being together. At the same time, I also loved the part at the nursing home when John and Lara Jean had to spend the night, and they escaped to play in snow and sing Frozen. And of course, you had to love the reconnection of old friends and the intense attacking game.
Overall, I did enjoy the book, but it wasn’t at all what I was expecting. Maybe I was just expecting too much from this book. There really wasn’t too much of a story going on. This book’s saving grace is all the cliché fluff that is fun to read. If you read the first book, I would definitely recommend reading this for all the cuteness. If you haven’t read the first one, what are you doing! Jenny Han has a pretty cute story here if you enjoy romance books.
P.S. I want a Lara Jean in my life to bake me all the things she does or her recipe book, because she is constantly making something that sounds amazing.