Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Young Adult
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?


When I started this book, within about twenty pages I was sure I knew exactly how it was going to end. I was still plenty enjoying reading it, even as the inevitable played out right before my eyes. And then… it didn’t. Always and Forever, Lara Jean ended completely differently than I was expecting. It was just so sweet, and heartwarming, and gave me all the feels. Guys, I cried.

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Review: P.S. I Still Love You

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Young Adult
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

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?


No second-book-slump here! P.S. I Still Love You had all of the things that made To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before so great, and then some! Including, inexplicably, ANOTHER love square. How can Lara Jean be in love with two boys at once twice in one year? She doesn’t even know, poor baby.

The slut-shaming issue gets taken to the next level in this book when Lara Jean and Peter’s hot-tub make-out gets put on Instagram as a “sex-tape”. There are just so many amazing things about this. Honestly, if I taught High School English I would push to get this as required reading for sophomores, though the hand full of f-bombs would probably get it nixed. There’s just so much about Me-Too, toxic masculinity, bullying and cyber-bullying, and it’s all so relevant to our kids. This series needs to be read by ALL American teens and their parents. Period.

It was nice to see Lara Jean’s relationships with her sisters back to a healthy place, and this book explored more about her dad, which I loved. So many parents are absent in YA, and certainly her dad isn’t around much. But he’s there, and he loves Lara Jean and it really shows. Lara Jean also has a great friendship with an elderly lady named Stormy. My first job was at a retirement home too, so this sub-plot really resonated with me. Stormy is a riot, and I loved reading about all the ridiculous things she did.

Peter came into his own in this book too. He had some quality character development, especially near the end of the book. You really start to get a feel for what it is about him that Lara Jean admires, which makes it even more frustrating that he allows his ex-girlfriend to manipulate him.

Honestly, it’s been a breath of fresh air to read about such an imperfect teen relationship. Both Lara Jean and Peter are insecure about themselves, each other, and their feelings. They don’t know what they’re doing, and that’s okay. That’s what high school relationships are supposed to be like. The bizarre fake-dating from book one aside, their relationship is incredibly realistic. I love that Lara Jean acknowledges that this is her first love, maybe not her forever love. When you’re a teenager love feels like forever, but often it isn’t, and I think it’s important to present teenagers with a romance that reflects that.

All those slices of life that I loved so much about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before were still there. Bake sales, doing homework at Starbucks, what Dad made for dinner. The details are what makes this series feel so real.

This series is just so enchanting. I’ve read two books in three days, and I am loving every second of it. I highly recommend this series!

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Young Adult
Maturity Level: 4
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Rating: ⋆⋆⋆⋆

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


I loved this book, but unfortunately not as much as I was expecting to, and not as much as I enjoyed the movie. *gasp!* What is this blasphemy???

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