Book Review: “Always and Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han

Hello!

It is time for the final book review of Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series. I cannot believe I finished all of them! I’m still wrestling with all of the emotions I had while reading this series, especially this book, because it is the last piece of a very complex puzzle for me.

After I finished reading P.S. I Still Love You a few months ago, I thought I would give myself a chance to recover before jumping into the next book, but I didn’t. Everything that I loved about that book, made me want to continue down the road to Lara Jean’s love story. So, the day the review was published on here, I begin reading Always and Forever, Lara Jean and now I get to talk to you about everything I loved about it too!

WARNING: There are some spoilers below, so continue at your own risk!


35247769._SY475_Lara Jean is having the best senior year.

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

taken from Goodreads.


When the story starts, you quickly realize we basically skip a year; as if by magic we end up starting Lara Jean’s senior year. I thought this concept was interesting considering the fact that I am celebrating 10 year of becoming a high school graduate, so a good chunk of the material about everyone trying to figure out what they were going to do after school was interesting because it brought back almost everything I was feeling when I was in my last year of high school as well.

There were a lot of things that made me rethink about my own early adult life, but even though I really tried (and also failed) to look past my own experiences during this important time of any young girl’s life, it was also nice to see how everything played out for both Lara Jean and Peter’s love story. Now with that being said, there was also some things I wasn’t a big fan of in this book. The most important was Stormy’s death. To say I was a wreck for a couple of days is a bit of an understatement, because this was a character I absolutely adored, probably because she reminded me of my nana in just her personality alone, so to see that part of Lara Jean’s story kind of left out at such an important time in her life really sucked!

Another element that “bothered” me was Peter’s attitude towards the end. Even though we have seen Peter have sensitive moments in the past, I really didn’t like the fact that he pushed the idea of them going to the same college after attending a year at other campuses. I know Lara Jean wanted to go to UVA as much as Peter, but as she has been really supportive towards him in the things he’s done throughout their relationship, he wasn’t truly there for her to make a big decision on the next phase of her life.

Once I realized in my mind that this was starting to remind me of when my sister began a long distance relationship with her boyfriend, I just got it into my head that they should break up. My sister kept fighting for a love that obviously didn’t care as much for her as she did for him, and I became very afraid for Lara Jean. I didn’t want her to experience that kind of pain, so in a way I turned into Margot–who I’ve never been a huge fan of throughout the series–and I started to agree with her mom’s advice to Margot about not having a boyfriend before entering college when she left for St. Andrews two years prior.

Even though I was on the fence about that situation, I did choose to think happy thoughts about how they were going to attempt to make it work and I actually really enjoyed how it ended. A part of me is really glad we don’t get to know what happens next for Lara Jean and Peter, and all of the other beloved characters like Chris, Kitty, and Lucas! The last sentence was so perfect and very Lara Jeanesqe as it gave me back a little snippet of what initially got me to this series in the first place!

This series has meant a lot for me! I brought me back to some memorable moments in my life, and in a way let me see what could have been had other things worked out. Later on, it felt like fate that I was reintroduced to this story, because now I can say I have completed a whole book series! I have never done that before in my life and so, this series has created its own little section in my heart for two but equally gratifying reasons!

Fun fact: I found that Romeo & Juliet film on our movies channels last month and I have had quite a bit of chocolate chip cookies. So, I thought since I’m done reading the series, I could pull a “date” night with just myself enjoying the two together with Lara Jean Song Covey and Peter Kavinsky deep in my heart. ❤

Have you finished this book? If you are watching the film series on Netflix, what are you hoping they include that wasn’t mentioned in the end? Last but not least, how are you doing on your 2020 reading challenge?

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You Again!

So I just got done watching, “You Again” all the way through and it was a fun movie. It had its funny parts to it and then it had some familiar parts to it as well. When I was in high school, I didn’t have people bullying me, but you could feel it a lot that they didn’t like me all that much. Watching this movie kind of made a little happy that I don’t have a brother. Well I do, but that’s a hard to explain.

When I was high school, I was the shy girl and who was friends with everybody. I usually got along with everybody. Even thought there were a few girls in the “popular” that I just couldn’t stand. By senior year, I literally started counting down that way I didn’t have to see them anymore. Most of them were going to different colleges and I knew I wasn’t going to see them at the one I was going to. Who knew I’d quit school and go to football and basketball and see all the girls I didn’t like and thought I would never see again.

There’s only some much a person can take, I took a lot, since these girls thought they were the “shit” and just because they were in sports and had the “in” styles they thought they were something else. I can’t complain, by my senior year, actually I didn’t notice it until our senior dinner that I had my real friends and I didn’t have to change myself and like sports to be in their little clique. I’ve been very tempted to delete of them from my Facebook, but I’ve done that before and readded most of them. I think I might need to do it again. If they never talk to me, I’m not talking to them. Childish? What was high school like for you? Did you have a bully? Did you feel tension between yourself and others?

My Old Blog

I can no longer go back to 2009-10 posts on my Blogger. Wonder when it was going to happen. Not saying that I can’t find my password or anything, because I know my password and just got back from being on there. I just can’t look back at my posts I did when I was in school. I do miss being in school but then I was excited about college and now I’m not.

I tried to read my posts about Spirit Week and Senior Nite while I was a senior. Some of the posts are actually kind of funny. How naive I was back then and everything. How things use to make me mad and how much I really wanted to leave it all behind. Didn’t think everything would be so hard to do. Thought I’d have more people on my side. Obviously that’s not true.

It’s kind of hilarious that I’m looking back at these posts right now and noticing titles that I have on here. One I’m looking at right now is “Love Hate Sex Pain.” Weird, right? Another thing that irriates me is that my attitude for Linkin Park. Oh my gosh! I have really grown up. I’m reading what I though about them in 2010 and man, I can’t stand it. I was crazy, I feel like I was talking like my nana talks about Adam Lambert. Oh yep, can’t go there.