P.S. I Still Love You, Jenny Han (2015) (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)
Themes //Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages // 337
I think these books are all going to start blurring into one at the speed I’m reading through them. I assume you’re reading this review because you have read the first book in this series. If you haven’t then stop, this isn’t the first one, it’s the book two, but you can find my review of book one, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before right here .
This book carried on from where the first one left off, keeping along with the familiar and cosy feel that this book offers. I loved jumping back in with the characters and seeing what was happening with them. This book saw more characters becoming main roles, such as John Ambrose McClaren who had a much more prominent role in this book. I really like his character, he’s one of the boys Lara Jean writes a letter too, but for me he seems like a lot better a fit for her. He is smart and kind and very thoughtful, they seem to be much more on the same wavelength.
The struggle of Lara Jean in this book is to decide which direction she wants her life to go in, which boy she wants to be with and who she will be friends with. It’s quite relatable that Lara Jean has had many years of not really getting involved with boys and now suddenly she has a few to choose from, it reminds me of going from a scrawny little kid to suddenly a teen who liked boys and was getting into my first relationship (I’m not saying I ever had to decide multiple boys, this was not me).
I don’t like this story because of the romances, in fact I find them quite annoying and childish. I like this story because it is cute and innocent. It reflects a part of my life I remember, Jenny Han has done very well to capture the teenage mind set and the struggles you go through. It’s funny to read back on something like this and see what were issues for me when I was Lara Jean’s age vs now. She is in an in-between stage, she wants to be serious with boys, she’s thinking about college, but she also obsessive over things like friendship bracelets and winning an elaborate game of tag (although I do love the sound of playing Assassins).
I watched the film of the first book in the middle of reading P.S. I Still Love you and I’m pleased to say it didn’t alter how I saw the characters or the setting I had placed them in in my head. The film adaption was good fun, but as usual the book wins out for me. I’d like to see the rest of the series be made into films too, I feel like the first book is just getting established within the story and who Lara Jean is, it’s in the rest of the series that we really see her grow.
In this book all of the wrongs have been righted from the first one, but that doesn’t mean new issues won’t come into place. This is probably a bit of a Twilight situation of a ‘which boy do I like better’, which on the one hand was annoying because it was typical, but on the other it gave me something to route for, a team to choose.
You’ll enjoy this book if you enjoyed the first one, they all fall into one big book if you ask me, now excuse me whilst I get stuck into book number three!