Monday, August 31, 2015

P.S. I Still Love You (A Review of Sorts)


If it hasn't been increasingly clear from the few posts that I've done in the past, I do not know how to review things, specifically books. There is absolutely no way that I'm going to be able to get to my goal of 30 something books for the year, so I'm just trying to really enjoy the books that I have time to read. So far, they've all been lovely, and this sequel has certainly been a treat. I did a sort of review on its prequel, To All The Boys I've Done Before, so I figured it would only be right to include a review of this book as well!

As I mentioned in that post, I found out that it had a sequel around halfway through the book, which slightly tarnished the ending for me (but didn't make it any less spectacular). A week later I was leaving Target with this book and ended up saving it for a rainy day. It took me two sittings to finish this book. I probably could have finished it in one sitting if I didn't want to take a break and try to savor it. Set up the same way as the first book, the short chapters make you want to devour the entire thing without breaks. I got so caught up in Lara Jean's newfound drama, the Song family meddling, and the past refusing to stay there. I don't want to spoil too much about the ending of the first book, but this second part picks up where To All the Boys left off around the holidays.

I love that while this book still focused on Lara Jean and her quest for love in high and low places, it still revolved around her family, which is a massive component of her life. Margot had her struggles, Kitty was funny as ever, and the Song girls banded together to try to help their father out. Love was found in hopeless places, just like Rihanna said. God, Rihanna just knows what to say sometimes...

I digress. I even sort of sympathized with the enemies for brief minutes. That's when you know an author has done some hardcore characterization. Or when you know that I am an absolute sap and fall for everything in the book. Regardless, I found myself loving up on most of the characters in this book. Especially John Ambrose McCallen. Mmmmm. He was one of Lara's "old flames" in the sense that she, too, sent him a letter all those years ago. It just took him longer to get back to her about it.

While love triangle tropes aren't necessarily my favorite (fake dating and love/hate relationships really speak to me), I will say it added some nice nail biting moments for me. I was gasping left and right. And it wasn't really a love triangle but it also was not not one. Is this one of those "you had to be there moments?" Like, a "you had to read it moment?" You should totally read this book. And the first one. And anything Jenny Han writes because she's so funny and her writing is so crisp and nice to read.

I will say this though...I'm not super pleased with the ending. Like, I'm not mad about it or anything. I'm pretty content...but I was rooting for somebody else. And I think Lara Jean deserved better. But, as long as everyone else is happy, I'm happy. If Kitty is still feisty, I'm a happy girl.

I would read one thousand books in a row if they were all as easy and pleasant to read as this series by Jenny Han. They're such relaxing reads that just make me feel like I'm floating, a nice escape from reality. I haven't found that sense in a book in such a long, long time that this was so refreshing.

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