Hello, friends! I recently watched To All The Boys: Always and Forever at the time I’m writing this post. It was definitely much better than PS I Still Love You, however I still prefer the book to the movie. Still, it was nice that the movie kept some things the same and changed a few things. I have to admit that out of the three books in this trilogy, Always and Forever, Lara Jean has to be my favourite. I have already reviewed the first two books in my most recent blog posts, so please check them out if you haven’t already as there may be spoilers!
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction
Publication Date: May 2 2017 ( Simon & Schuster for Young Readers )
Preceded By: PS I Still Love You
My Rating: 5/5
Always and Forever, Lara Jean is about Lara Jean’s Senior Year, drawing focus on college applications and the ending of the school year. I find that i’s more lighthearted than the past two books as it highlights events in Lara Jean’s life, both small and large.
Lara Jean’s Senior Year is all going according to plan, that is until she gets rejected from her dream college. She is then forced to rethink her future plans and this puts an obstable in her and Peter’s relationship as the two planned on attending the same school. Several events such as the trip to New York and Beach Week further emphasize the change that is about to occur in Lara Jean’s life. At home, Dr. Covey plans on marrying Trina and Lara Jean makes it her priority to make the wedding a hit. As her Senior Year comes to a close, Lara Jean is forced to make a decision that will affect the next four years of her life.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the final installment in the To All The Boys trilogy by Jenny Han and takes place in Lara Jean’s Senior Year, particularly from the Spring to the Summer. The main hindrance in the book is not caused by an outside force in Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship but rather the problem is that they will be both attending different post-secondary schools.
Things I Liked About the Book:
- The New York Trip: I loved reading this part of the book and the adventures Lara Jean, Peter, Chris, and their friends went on. I especially liked the part about Peter’s promposal. I thought that it was cute. I went on a trip with my French class in Grade 8 and the entire New York trip part of the book definitely reminded me of that.
- Dr. Covey & Trina’s Wedding & Engagement: I really enjoyed reading these parts of the book because the engagement signalled a new beginning in Lara Jean’s and her family’s life. It also happened in the first few chapters and I thought that it was a nice way to open the story. The wedding, on the other hand, was a fun chapter to read and I loved that Trina became a member of the Covey family.
- Lara Jean’s Birthday, Prom, & Graduation: I also enjoyed reading these moments in the book and I loved that Lara Jean has such amazing friends to have memories with. Happiness seemed to jump out of the page as I read these parts of the book and it was as if I was with Lara Jean and her friends!
- Lara Jean & Chris’ trip to UNC: The road trip to UNC was another one of my favourite moments. Chris’ outgoing attitude and Lara Jean’s reluctance to explore UNC was a really nice contrast and I found myself laughing at some of the antics Chris got into during their trip.
Things I Didn’t Like About the Book:
- Stormy: What happened to Stormy was one of my least favourite parts of the book. She was one of my favourite characters in PS I Still Love You and I wish that she had a few more appearances in this book.
- John going to William & Mary: I’m not going to lie when I say that I still think that Lara Jean and John deserved to be together, so when I read the part when John was going to William & Mary, I wanted them to go to the same school! John rarely made an appearance in this book and him and Lara Jean attending the same school would have been really nice in my opinion.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a really nice conclusion to the trilogy. I love that it focused on endings as well as new beginnings and it showed that change always happens, especially when you’re a teenager. Lara Jean’s character growth throughout the entire trilogy is amazing and I love how her personality stayed the same throughout the books. Jenny Han did a remarkable job writing about change in Lara Jean’s perspective because I found it to be quite relatable, even though I’m only in Grade 11.
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