Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3) by Jenny Han

30312860Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Pub Date: May 2, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Source: Purchased
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
Rating: ★★★
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Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?


My mini-review:

“Is this how it goes? You fall in love, and nothing seems truly scary anymore, and life is one big possibility?”

I kind of wish I didn’t read this book. Like, this “conclusion” to the trilogy has zero impact on the overall story. It’s a predictable ending… and yet, I still can’t say it’s an agreeable one. Sigh.

Lara Jean and Peter K. have been together for a while now. Now that they are seniors in high school and have seemingly different futures in store, they need to figure out whether their relationship will still work. That’s about as fun as it sounds (read: no fun at all). It’s the kind of teen angst that isn’t fun to read about.

The writing is still fast-paced and fluffy. It’s very easy to finish a book like this in one sitting. I just wish it was more satisfying. I’m just not sure what I got out of this. In my review of the first book, I stated that I had zero emotional investment in these characters and I still stand by that statement. With that being said, I still wish we got something more out of this. I get that P.S. I Still Love You was written for John Ambrose McClaren, but even his story is just an afterthought now. Who was this book written for? An epilogue would have sufficed.

That is all. Do not let my disappointment dissuade you from reading the first book. You’ll probably enjoy it. I’ve just grown to be old and cynical in my age.

 

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