Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
Pub Date: May 26, 2015
Genre(s): YA, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
“There are two kinds of girls in this world. The kind who breaks hearts and the kind who gets her heart broken.”
Stormy tells Lara Jean that she’s the type of girl who will get her heart broken, and it turns out that Stormy was wrong. Lara Jean is the kind of girl who breaks hearts.
I have to be honest. I read this book incredibly quickly and actually smiled throughout most of it. I smiled because the story is an actual ball of fluff that I can’t take seriously. I don’t think we, as readers, are meant to take it seriously. At the end of the day, this is still a story about a couple of teenagers (okay, several teenagers) who are caught up in fake love and real love and all of the angst that goes along with those things. They’re still so young. They should just have fun.
In any case, Lara Jean has matured since the first book but only by a little. I have to keep reminding myself that she is still growing up and learning how to make grown-up decisions. And Kitty is 10 going on 30. She knows too much for her own good. Sometimes their conversations are a little unrealistic. Heck, even most of the characters are unrealistic, but I didn’t pick up this book to read about real things. I came for the fluff and I stayed for the fluff.
My problem is this: you, John Ambrose McClaren III. Why do you exist? You got under Lara Jean’s skin (metaphorically, not physically) and now you’re under mine. I can’t get the image of you dressed up in that tan uniform with your hair parted, out of my head. It’s not fair. You only exist to confuse us and stress us out. But you also deserve better than to be used as a plot device, and for that I am truly sorry.
Okay, I don’t know what else to say. Peter Kavinsky is still Peter Kavinsky. Josh Sanderson is old news. John Ambrose McClaren is the perfect guy that none of us deserve. And Lara Jean is in love with the idea of love. Someone is going to get their heart broken. Maybe twice.
I feel like I have a no-strings-attached type of relationship with these books. I just use them to entertain myself for the night, and then I couldn’t care less about them the next day. This is strongly the case for Lara Jean and all the boys she’s loved before. I don’t particularly care who she ends up with but it would be nice for everyone to have their own happy ending. At least, isn’t it pretty to think so?
I will read the finale because I need closure. Consider it the last love letter I ever want to read.