Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Date of Publication: May 2nd, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
Rating: 5 stars
Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
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Since the big casting news has been released, I figure this is the best time to post my thoughts on Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
What an adventure! I have only a few thoughts on the series’ end. Here’s my breakdown:
#1 It’s so refreshing to read about a family and their interactions with each other. While yes, Margot annoyed me. She had her own solid reason to be. I love the realness of the Song-Covey-Rothschild family. Their father is sometimes too “perfect” of a dad, but that’s my only complaint (and that’s just an opinion/feeling of mine). I realized that after reading this book, I crave those precious family bonding ties in stories. Family interactions are missing most of the time in YA novels. We not only get a lot of family time in this third installment, we also get interactions between the family and friends (i.e. Peter and dad).
#2 The romance makes me feel all kinds of bubbly and warm! Peter and Lara Jean have really grown together and “get” each other now. I simply loved it!
#3 Less “triangle” drama! Love triangles or whatever shapes are out there nowadays in YA leave such a bitter taste in my mouth. This book avoids much of that drama, and really focuses on the main characters. Hats off to Jenny Han!
#4 Lack of closure. The second book left me wanting more. The third book helps a little, but not by much! I would have preferred a more solid, definite ending. However, I know why it ended the way it ended. WARNING: Highlight the space below for spoilers!
It’s unclear if Peter and Lara Jean will stay together forever. My romantic self wishes they will. But the ending is indeed realistic this way. Because they are both young adults, and are attending different schools. A lot can change, especially in these stages of their lives. What I predict happening (and it’s only my speculation, since this series has come to an end) is that they would break up eventually, but possibly reunite later on in their lives. Who knows?! Readers can only imagine these fictional futures now.
I’ll miss the Covey-Song-Rothschild family and Peter forever. I can see myself reading this book again in the future!
And FINALLY, we have a movie in the works!
I’m honestly astonished by how fast everything is moving. I had known that the movie rights were bought, but we heard nothing afterwards really. Last week was a whirlwind that I loved! Those who are involved in the project have been so utterly generous with sharing pictures and videos with fans. I’m impatiently waiting for the next piece of news: the release date. And of course, the movie!
In other areas, the cast looks strong—I’m so happy by who they chose for each role. I am just concerned the spirit of the story would be lost, or if the story doesn’t have that “flow.” We will have to wait and see.
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