Thursday, 8 June 2017

Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

by Jenny Han
Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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?

After reading and adoring Always and Forever, Lara Jean, I've finally concluded that Jenny Han is essentially my ultimate go-to author for contemporary fiction. She's IT for me, and to be honest I haven't felt so overwhelmingly happy from reading a book in such a long time, that is not until Jenny Han's latest adventure for beloved Lara Jean.

When I first picked up To All The Boys I've Loved Before, I didn't expect to connect with Lara Jean on such an emotional level. She was a complicated character with a hatbox of love letters that she'd written, only in an odd twist of fate to have them sent out. I felt anxious for her from beginning to end, and then suddenly found myself fawning over Peter, who in the end would be my OTP with Lara Jean. Then, in P.S. I Still Love You, another twist of fate brings an old love of Lara's back into her life, and with Peter in the picture, I found myself wishing any other prospective love interests away. The first two titles, overall, were spectacular and romantic to the very end, and without any knowledge, at the time, that there would be a third installment, I was admittedly quite satisfied with it's ending. However, with the announcement and release of Always and Forever, Lara Jean, I was ecstatic but also scared to discover what Jenny would have in store for our favorite protagonist.

Overall, Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han was what I really truly needed to conclude Lara Jean's story. I honestly wouldn't be mad at all if Jenny had more planned, even a few years down the road, however I strongly felt that all of the emotional roller coasters Jenny had in store for us were completely necessary. I think throughout the novel what I was most scared of was to see Lara Jean become involved with someone I didn't like, however, and without spoiling the tale for others, I was wholesomely satisfied with it's events.

Readers, if you have yet to read this series, I strongly suggest you give it a try this summer. It's breathtakingly real and identifiable. Lara Jean is the teen we all were and throughout many points in the series, I found myself feelingly fully connected to Lara Jean.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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1 comment

  1. I can't believe I've never picked up these books! So many people rave about them! Looks like I'll have to put this series on my summer TBR!