Always and Forever, Lara Jean – Jenny Han

My heart is bursting, bursting, bursting and so full all at the same time. I should really, really be working on an essay right now (it’s due today, eek!), but I could not help myself — this was a book that needed to be read.

Synopsis

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?

Review

My heart is bursting, bursting, bursting and so full all at the same time. I should really, really be working on an essay right now (it’s due today, eek!), but I could not help myself — this was a book that needed to be read.

I was so sure we were going to see some John Ambrose McClaren drama, or some college drama (I was even thinking John + college drama, tbh), or even some Josh Sanderson drama. Instead, we just see Lara Jean growing up and struggling through CHANGE, which of course is the biggest and hardest thing for a nostalgic old fart like her (I say that with pure affection, of course!).

Peter Kavinsky is the perfect boy. That’s really all there is to it. The Sixteen Candles moment, the movies, the cookies, the bachelor party, and pretty much everything about him… when you find someone like that, you don’t let go.

I really wish we got to see into Lara Jean’s university life. I just think she’s going to grow SO MUCH during that time, and I’d love to be a part of it. I’d like to see her future with Peter Kavinsky — he has so much faith in them, but so little faith in John Ambrose McClaren and his LDR. I’m glad we got closure on his future (although how fun would it be if he transferred to UNC?). I wish we got reunited with Josh, but I understand that he’s part of the past now. I’d almost love to see her whole world open up. Maybe she’ll join a sorority and make some new, amazing friends. Maybe she’s going to meet a young man so inquisitive and magnetic and different from anyone she’d ever met before. Maybe the magic with Peter will fade away, or maybe it won’t. Everyone tells Lara Jean that they think college will be really good to her, and I agree. You have no idea how much I agree!!

The Ms. Rothschild situation was also handled fantastically. I think everyone is in a really good place right now! And imagine if a Rothschild-Covey brother came into the mix? That would be so amazing (and probably hilarious).

I just want to hear about their lives forever! Jenny Han, you made this book so nostalgic and warm — it’s an encore; it’s the perfect cup of night-night tea to say farewell.

Related Reading

  • The Summer I Turned Pretty (series) – Jenny Han
  • The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen
  • What Happens Now – Jennifer Castle
  • The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord
  • Throwing My Life Away – Liz Czukas

Rating: 5/5

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