Monday, 8 June 2015

Review: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Younger Readers 
Publication Date: May 26th 2015
My rating: 4 stars 



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?

I was thrilled when my copy of P.S. I Still Love You arrived early, as it was one of my highly anticipated reads of the year, I fell in love with the characters and Lara Jean’s story that Han’s created in To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before. Also with so many questions I needed answering I couldn’t wait to be back with these characters once more.

I was dreading that things would not go the way that I’d hoped they would, but I was glad to get loads of Peter very early on, I was team Peter in To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before and I had high hopes that Lara Jean and Peter would end up together in this one, Peter of course was his usual self, he was the charmer, but we also got to see a more of a vulnerable side to him at times, that I just didn’t want him to get hurt at all. But most of all I adored the lovable side that came through, how he was concerned about Lara Jean, and promised that things would be okay. At times he did slip up, but Peter was just the sort of guy that I could forgive in instances like these and of course I was so scared that things could go wrong that I wanted to keep Peter and Lara Jean together no matter what. Their relationship was a topsy -turvy one with Han hitting you with all the feels left right and centre, but it was one that I didn’t mind going through some of the heartache that I had to experience as this relationship was one of the best relationships I have come across. (highlight to view spoiler). However I have to admit that I did find myself slightly wavering with the introduction of this new character, things with Peter and Lara Jean could be super bumpy at times and then you had John Ambrose McLaren come along who actually got Lara Jean and had her back. I loved their games of Assassins; honestly John Ambrose McLaren was totally adorable! I knew however things ended it wasn’t fair how it would end for one of these guys. Although in my heart of hearts I wanted Peter and Lara Jean to be together, I didn’t want John Ambrose McLaren to get hurt in the process either.

I really like the growth that Lara Jean went through in this book, yes she was her usual inquisitive self, but she actually put her foot down when it came down to things that mattered to her. And I was appreciative of this, because even though it did cause some heartache, at least Lara Jean learnt when things when things became too much for her. Of course I loved the strong family vibes that came through this book once more, Lara Jean’s family was an absolute delight to be around, and I think Kitty also really came through for me in this book. I don’t think I really connected with her in the first book, but this time around I enjoyed her words of wisdom that she threw about and how she could brighten up a scene with her comments, it’s really hard to believe that she’s so young, as she too really came across as a mature character.

Although I didn’t end up loving P.S. I Still Love You as much as To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, this is a story that I would still highly recommend. Han has created characters that you will fall in love with and never want to let go. They are characters that will totally make your day when you need a quick pick me up. However I do recommend doing a lot of baking before picking this book up, as I was totally starving at the end of this with all the baking Lara Jean did!




16 comments:

  1. Great review! I worried about this one as well, but I ended up loving it just as much as the first one, because of THAT ENDING. ugh, that last scene had me swooning so hard. I loved that Lara Jean learned so much and Peter....he will forever be one of my favorite book boys. <3 And that game of Assassins....I wanted to play!! I might just have to start a game of it between me and my friends ;)

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read

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  2. Aw, I am glad you enjoyed this one! I have been excited to read it since learning about it!! :D Great review!

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  3. Did you say baking? I could go for some baked goods at the moment Jasprit! *stares longingly at empty cabinets*

    I still haven't read anything by Jenny Han, she's on my list of must-read authors for this year. Right next to Colleen Hoover because I feel like I might be the only person who's never read one of her books:)

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  4. I enjoyed the first so need to get my hands on this one.

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  5. I have read back to back food books and I know what you mean about straving while reading. I still haven't tried this author yet, I know I know. I didnt realize this was the sequel. I have the first book on my Kindle, now I just need to dive in. I need something light and fluffy.

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  6. BAKING.
    I want banana chocolate chip muffins. GIVE THEM TO ME. I am hungry (but seriously, I haven't had lunch yet so I am starving.)

    I am sad that you didn't love the sequel as much as you loved book one, Jas but I am really happy it wasn't a let down. It sucks when an anticipated sequel completely lets you down (REMEMBER PROTOTYPE?.. although that wasn't technically anticipated ... we were just really looking forward to it.)

    It's always interesting when an author can make you root for both guys in a love triangle (at least it means they have a fair shot) but I just don't like them *cries*

    But knowing how things turn out, I can at least consider giving this series a chance <33 (since both you and Siiri adored it so much)

    Lovely review, hon <3

    (I look forward to seeing your face soon)

    Rashika @ The Social Potato

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  7. I loved the first one, and I was surprised to discover that many people consider the sequel not as good. I'll read it anyway, but it's good to go in it warned :) Great review, Jasprit!

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  8. Too bad you didn't love it as much but at least you found a lot of enjoyment out of it. Sometimes the sequel has a lot to live up to! :)

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  9. I unexpectedly fell in love with the first book, and so I was immediately worried that I wouldn't love this sequel as much! Especially with somebody new entering the picture, or whatever the synopsis talks about. I'm really relieved to see that you loved this one though, Jasprit! I'm soo excited to see some more sides of Peter K- especially his vulnerable side!! Plus, the whole Laura Jean putting her foot down thing has me really intrigued as well. That was one thing I wished she would do more in the first novel, so I'm glad that she finally does it in this sequel! YES to more family and baking!! I loved how much her family was incorporated in the first book- that's something I haven't seen for a long, long time in YA and I absolutely adored it.

    I'm really excited to pick this one up now, Jasprit!! Hopefully I will love it as much as you did. :D

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  10. I will always be Team Peter but I liked that Lara Jean could see his flaws. What a realistic and down to Earth girl she is!

    And wasn't Assassins adorable?? I burst out laughing on my commute home, so many feels in only 300-something pages.

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  11. Great review! I didn't like this one as much as the first book either but I did love Kitty and Lara Jean's growth -- I loved her baking and descriptions of fashion so much! I would love to see these as a movie!

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  12. I still haven't read these books yet. I'm a bit worried with all the relationships mentioned. sigh.

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  13. Great review! I haven't read these yet since I can't choke down a love triangle, but everyone seems to love these books.

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  14. Stunning review Jasprit. <3 So glad you loved this book :) Seen so much about them. But not my thing at all, sadly :( Especially not once I read your spoiler part.. yeah. Not for me. But so glad you ended up liking it :) Thank you for sharing. <3

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  15. I've been on the fence about this duo, especially since I haven't read any books by Han, but I think I'm going to try it out after all, especially since both books worked out quite well for you. Thanks for such an honest review, Jasprit!(:

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  16. I felt the same way as you about this one - really liked it but loved the first book a bit more! I love Peter K - such a charmer - but I felt like John Ambrose McLaren was a great match for Lara Jean. I could see a future for those two! Kitty just cracks me up - she needs a spin-off!

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