P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)by Jenny Han 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
This review will contain spoilers... and profanities.
First off, 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're 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 will never understand Jenny Han's thing with love triangles.
1. Best Friends
- Lara Jean & Genevieve | Peter & John
- 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)?!
- 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 found 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's just not working anymore. Peter apologises 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 was wrong.
Lara Jean is broken, but she's learned so much from this experience and realised she's missing out! 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 realise 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.
"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.
So I am done reading and I don't know what to feel...
**POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW**
Seeing my Lara Jean and Peter K together after all this time...
Lara Jean being the 16 year old that she is
caring way too much about her being labeled 'Slut' by everyone...
Lara Jean coming to a conclusion on her thoughts on love...
Kitty being all sorts of amazing...
Peter and Gen constantly being seen together...
Lara Jean and JOHN what's-his-name-the-third...
The stupid arguments... the love square... the unnecessary drama...
And when your ship decides to be a "roller coaster couple"...
That being said, all these twisted plots did not make me love the book any less. (Thank god) The realistic aspect of this book clutched me by the heart. I am just really glad that there are no family drama for once. Or I would have screamed bloody murder.
Well, that is all I can gif out of me.
Dear Jenny Han, remember what you did to 'The Summer I Turned Pretty' trilogy? Remember that almost enough epilogue? With all due respect, I think we deserve the same for this series, no?
"People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they're not." - Lara Jean
**My review on the third book - https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...**
THE DAY HAS COME 26/5/15
You're kidding right? 2015?! How do you expect me to wait that long for my Lara Jean & Peter K action?! I can't even...
Me: WHAT just happened?
P.s I still love you: *screams* NOTHING!
Me: Where's my character development?
P.s I still love you: what did you just say?
P.s I still love you: *innocent eyes* OHHH you mean character retrogression?
cOnGrAts book you got me having a conversation with you.
HONESTLY I'M SO ANNOYED WITH THIS BOOK Why can't you just end the first one without a cliffhanger so you won't have to write a sequel that nothing happens.
I WAS EXPECTING MY CUTSY LOVEY ROMANCE, where is it? Did Jenny Han really wrote this?
1) Lara Jean continues to be stupid, annoying, brainless. She's sixteen, seventeen or eighteen? I'm fourteen, and she acts like my sister (not that I have one but if I do, I bet Ms-I-have-no-idea-how-old-she-is would be even more foolish than her)
2) Peter is not here half of the time (I loved him in the first one, what happened in this?)
3) YEAH BOOK YOU KEPT ME AWAY FROM HIM and you introduced Lara Jean to another guy (well sort of) But excuse me, you see I don't care if she falls in love with him but DON'T GIVE ME A CRAPPY LOVE/LUST-STUPID-LOVE-SQUARE. If it's going to be crappy either way, give me a love decagon, hecatontagon or worst a myriagon.
3) Hmm the plot.... What is it even about?
4) Oh I remember it's about putting a bunch of cheese to a the classical cliché sandwich, INTRODUCING YOU TO THE 3Cs ONLY AVAILABLE IN P.S I LOVE YOU
I'm so disappointed in this.
To all the people who loved this book,
P.s I did not mean to offend you.
SO CUTE OMG OMG! I felt the resolution came a little too quickly hence the 4.5 but I loved every second.
3.5 Stars! Unfortunately, I struggle a bit with this sequel (this is typical of me) but overall, I enjoyed my time re-entering this story.
For a large part of this book, I was afraid I had fallen out of touch with this story. I read book one when I was 18 and finally decided to continue 3 years later. Many of the tropes I no longer enjoy and critiques I used to skip over due to lack of reading experience unfortunately dragged down the story and I essentially felt as if I had gotten "too old" to enjoy this story in the same way. Luckily, the majority of my issues were resolved by the ending and I was able to end this book feeling more connected to the story.
My favorite thing about this story is the family dynamic. A close-knit family of sisters and dedicated, loving father is not always common in young adult stories that are often full of absent families. I LOVE the interactions between the Song sisters. They are supportive, caring, dependable, love each other deeply. They do bicker like normal sisters, but their relationship is so inspiring and desirable. Their father is also kind, open-minded, and extremely supportive. The Song-Covey family is absolutely one of my favorite sibling-parent relationships in all of literature.
Unfortunately, my biggest issue with the novel was the attitude of the main love interest. The only way to describe my feelings throughout this book is "uncomfortable" - I was very uncomfortable with Peter's choices and reactions to issues within this sequel. I understand that a lot of the jealousy, deception by omission, and prioritizing the "wrong" people are things that do happen in real life, especially for teens in relationships, but I can't possibly write this review without expressing how much I disagreed with it. I'm pleased that attempts at resolutions are made in the end, but I do feel some points were skipped over and not fully addressed for the sake of completing the novel more quickly.
Another issue I had with this book was the introduction of a second love triangle. I know book one was basically built upon this trope (hence, why I feared I had grown out of my capacity to enjoy book two) but it felt so unnecessary. The conflict between Lara Jean and Peter was individually complex enough to exist without developing another potential love interest. It felt as if Peter was being villainized due to the introduction of this character, and this character was glorified to force readers to prefer them over Peter. I really dislike feeling as if the author is forcing me to feel a certain way or "pick a certain ship" so this aspect really rubbed me the wrong way. Again, I do feel it was resolved in the end, better than my first critique, so I'm not bothered any further.
Despite my critiques, I still really enjoyed re-entering this story. A lot of times, the final judge of my enjoyment of a book is how motivated I am to find out what happens in the end and my desire to keep reading. For the first time ever, I actually had to stop listening to the audiobook because I needed to know what happened (albeit, mostly out of frustration). I switched to the physical book and stayed up well past my bed time to complete the story. When I reflect on P.S. I Still Love You, I will definitely remember the issues I had. But I will also remember how this book affected me emotionally, more than many books have in the last year, so it still left a positive, lasting impression. I'm continuing with the series as I write this review and I'm enjoying the conclusion more than book two, so I would still recommend this series as a unique, lovable contemporary romance.