Book Review | Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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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?

Available: Goodreads // Amazon

Pages: 336

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Publisher: May 2nd 2017 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Format: Bought, Kindle

Rating: 5/5 stars

Recommend: People who like fluffy romance and realistic characters. Good for after a heavy book.


*Very slight-spoilers*

WOWOWOWOW!!!

Can I be Lara Jean??? I mean, really. She has the cutest life (and Peter Kavinsky doesn’t hurt either amiright?)

I’m so upset I’ll never get to read about these characters again, though, a reread is definitely on the horizon.

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(Me, hoping for another book)

Plot

I’ll be honest, in the beginning I wasn’t quite sure there actually was a plot. Luckily, I would read Lara Jean’s grocery list so I didn’t mind one bit.

I loved reading the highs and lows of her senior year, especially since that’s about where I’m at in my life. Lara Jean is so relatable, and it is nice to know that there are other (even fictional!!) people going through the same stresses you are. This is definitely something you miss in the Fantasy genre. There seems to be a slight disconnect when reading about these girls with amazing powers (don’t get me wrong, it’s soooo cool), but it’s hard to relate to them when they can take on armies and you can barely handle stubbing your toe.

So, yeah, Lara Jean is kinda my idle. These books are the kind you read when you feel sad and/or stressed because you realize it’s okay! That everything, no matter how horrible it seems, will turn out alright in the end!

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And also, I’m so happy with the realistic relationship in this book! In some YA books, its like all high schoolers are already sex-experts (sexperts?) and they go out clubbing every night and can fly freaking airplanes or something (not to mention their parents are cool with it?? In what world??). Like, JEEZ. I’m not saying no high-schooler has ever done that, but sometimes authors will gloss over the stress and anxiety that comes with growing up. I wonder if they realize that a lot of high schoolers still drink juice boxes and watch Disney movies in their pajamas???

Anyway, Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky are a realistic teenage couple and I really appreciate that the author didn’t push them!

Characters

Lara Jean, as I said above, is my freaking role-model. I want to be her friend/just be her in general. Reading her character makes me want to bake a gazillion cookies and cakes. But honestly, the reason I feel this way is because I can imagine meeting her. Jenny Han has the ability to make her characters feel real and I just really, really appreciate that.

Peter Kavinsky is gold. I hope with all my heart that he and Lara Jean stay together forever. He tries to hide it, but he’s actually such a cute puppy dog. This book proved that he would do just about anything for Lara Jean. I’m so happy that John Ambrose guy didn’t make another appearance (though, I did enjoy his character too!) because, it would have been rather redundant.

The sisters are so supportive and cute. I wish I had sisters (I do love my brother, but he’s not super helpful when it comes to prom dress shopping lol) because Kitty and Margot were there to help Lara Jean every step of the way and she was there for them. They did get on each other’s nerves, but (again) in a realistic way that all siblings get on each other’s nerves!! (Also, I’m so proud of Kitty. She’s going to do great things one day).

Lara Jean’s dad made me so happy. In YA, the parents are just stuck in the book because  they kind of have to be. In this series, he was a character! And not just a cookie-cutter father figure. He was active in Lara Jean’s life which is (again!!) realistic!! You could tell he really cared for his family.


It is bittersweet to say goodbye to these characters! I will definitely be rereading the series many times. I’m forcing my mom to read them too, so maybe I’ll get to experience them again through her!

Let me know what you thought about Always and Forever, Lara Jean in the comments!

Thank you for reading!

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