*This book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is no way swayed my opinions.*
**Warning! If you haven’t read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before which is the first book in the duology by Jenny Han, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
I can barely even begin to describe how excited I am to have gotten my hands on a bound manuscript of P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han which is the second book and the conclusion to her To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology. Ever since I finished the first book I’ve been CRAVING more of the Song sisters and I couldn’t be happier to say that the conclusion did not disappoint. P.S. I Still Love You continues Lara Jean’s story after all of the letters she has written to the boys she has loved during her life get sent out and she is forced to deal with the fallout. There will be spoilers ahead so if you haven’t read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before you should stop reading this review, go read the book because it’s AMAZING and then come back here :-)
While reading the first book I determined that Kitty is hands down my favorite Song sister and while I haven’t changed my opinion, I grew so much more attached to Lara Jean in the second book that it came really close. I have to reiterate how enjoyable it is to read about such an inseparable trio of sisters. Margo is the oldest Song sis but ever since she left for college in Scotland, Lara Jean, the middle child, takes on more of a parental role in caring for their little sister Kitty and also for their father. All of the Song’s make family a priority and they’re all willing to go out of their way for one another. (Side note: Lara Jean is always baking the most delicious sounding desserts and I would give anything to be able to eat a meal at their house). The characters Jenny Han created are so real that I actually feel like I know them. Han turns this series that is seemingly a YA romance into something that deals heavily with the relationships between family members in a way that is so perfect that it’s like cake for your mind.
At the beginning of the second book, things between Lara Jean and Peter are just heating up before they’re faced with a series of obstacles to overcome. Both Lara Jean and Peter make mistakes and another flame from LJ’s past gets thrown into the mix. The romance between she and Peter is sweet, innocent and frustrating at times but in the most endearing way possible. Lara Jean spends a big portion of the book examining her past and present relationships (romantic, family-wise, and friend-wise) and I love that she gets the majority of her advice from an older woman who lives at the senior care facility that Lara Jean volunteers at.
Final Thoughts: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han is the perfect contemporary novel. The characters are so well developed and it is an absolute pleasure to spend time in Lara Jean’s head and also to be afforded the luxury of being a part of the Song sisters in some small way. The book flawlessly captures the bond between sisters, the innocence and excitement of first loves and all of the speculation that goes along with growing up. I would be lying if I said I didn’t hug this book several times while pausing between chapters.
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
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. (via Goodreads)