Double book time!
Seeing as these are a two part book series I thought I’d do them both together 🙂
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she’s ever loved. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control…
Lara Jean is a home girl. She likes her life as it is. She loves her family which consists of her father and her two sisters, Margot and Kitty. She’s love boys before and to help get over them, she writes them letters… That they will never ever see.
And then Lara Jean’s life goes a little… crazy.
Her sister Margot is on her way to University in Scotland and she’s not exactly on the best of terms with her younger sister Kitty. And then her five letters get sent out.
And life gets just a little crazy.
Especially when one of them goes to her sisters ex boyfriend Josh and another to her ex best friends ex boyfriend Peter Kavinsky.
She doesn’t want to deal with the fact that she once had feelings for Josh and when he wants to talk about it… She kind of invents a fake relationship with Peter.
Peter is in on it because he wants to make his ex girlfriend Genevieve jealous and Lara Jean is doing it just so she doesn’t have to admit that maybe there is still feelings for Josh.
But this fake relationship isn’t real, not at all, so what happens when the two involved start liking each other?
P.S I Still Love You
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.
The second book follows on from the first book and Lara Jean is all ready to give Peter her new letter explaining some things to him.
After he reads the letter they decide to give their relationship a go for real. Things are going good. Until another boy from Lara Jean’s past turns up and threatens the new relationship.
John Ambrose McClaren is the other guy who received the love letter and he feels the same way about Lara Jean. When all the old friends get together to open up a time capsule they buried when they were younger they end up playing a game they used to play when they were younger, Assassins and this Lara Jean wants to win.
Then she witnesses a tender moment between Peter and his ex Genevieve and her world falls and this time Peter and Lara Jean break up for real.
Will Lara Jean give it a go with John? Or can Peter clear up this misunderstanding and win Lara Jean back?
Okay so these books.
I picked them up because I feeling in the mood for some YA romance, a bit like the Stephanie Perkins books. At first I was a little annoyed with Lara Jean because she was still a little child like and younger sister Kitty acted older.
But then as I got into to story more I realised that its just the way she is and it didn’t annoy me so much. Especially as you think about their culture and the way they do things.
Lara Jean is a dreamer and a person who is in love with being in love and what’s wrong with that? All she wants is to be someone’s number 1 girl and to be someone’s world. The way her parents were to each other before her mother died. She knows she has to grow up now and become the head girl of the family now Margot has gone to Scotland.
The idea of writing love letters to the boys you used to love is a genius idea. Its much easier to write your feelings down than it is to say them. Lara has only ever loved five boys and I liked how different they all were.
I thought for sure that with her sister out of the picture she would end up with Josh (gasp!) but when she started fake dating Peter you could see how they brought things out in each other. Peter became a little less jock like and arrogant and a bit more aware of things and feelings. Whereas Lara Jean stuck up for herself a bit more.
I did love Josh at first. He was geeky and cute. The things I love but when things came out I got angry with him. (You’ll understand when you read it) and I lent more onto Peter’s team.
Yes Peter was arrogant and stuff but when he was with Lara Jean, you saw a bit more of a vulnerable and appealing side to him.
Oh and one more about Lara Jean… She dressed up as Cho Chang for Halloween and anyone who shares a love for Harr Potter is going to be high up there on my scale. She redeemed herself with that haha.
The second book was a continuation of the first book and I’m glad we got it. Yes the first book ended on unresolved issues and the second book cleared them up.
I loved how they took a chance on having a real relationship with each other and even struck up a new contract with each other (yes a contract! It was funny). But when an old love comes back Lara Jean does get torn and by this point I was really rooting for Peter to win but at the same time I did like John Ambrose… I think I turned into Lara Jean at some point reading this because even I was briefly torn.
But like always there is a little heartbreak in the book and when it comes to Peter and Genevieve you just knew something was going to happen. Even if it was a misunderstanding.
And things get revealed in this one too, just like the first book. And in the end Lara Jean’s choice was definitely the right one 🙂
I do want a third book because of how the second one ended. Yes it was a happy ending but I kinda want more. I’m a sucker for YA lovey dovey books at times 🙂 Or it could just be the fact that I want more Peter 😉
All in all I did enjoy them and found them to be funny and sweet and at the time it was definitely something that I needed. Books just take you away to another world and you can get lost in other characters turmoil for a while. I would give the other Jenny Han books a go too. If you want something that’s cutsie YA then totally go for this book.
Seeing as its a double book review I’ll score these out of 10.
8/10 stars for these.