P.S. I Still Love You | book review

P.S. I Still Love You

Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours
Narrator: Laura Knight Keating
Publisher: Recorded Books
Original Publication Date: 2015
Genre(s): Young adult, Romance, Contemporary

Lara Jean didn’t think she would actually fall in love with Peter Kavinsky, but she has—and after their Christmas party disaster, she’s not sure if he’s in it for real this time. And then there’s John Ambrose Mcclaren, a childhood friend who somehow returns to her life. She recalls the last summer she saw him, a time when she loved both Peter and John. Is history repeating itself? Can she love two boys at the same time?

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh! Literally all the feels.

P.S. I Still Love You improves on all the things I even somewhat disliked about book 1. The sequel welcomes us back into Lara Jean’s life, love, and drama. Reading these books is like being wrapped in a warm, sugary hug. I love it. The book is told in first-person POV from Lara Jean’s perspective, once again. After the abrupt ending of To All the Boys, I was happy to finally get back into the story and see why a contemporary YA romance needed a sequel. (???) Surprisingly, it did not disappoint.

The story follows Lara Jean as she struggles with her actually really real feelings towards Peter. And then John Ambrose suddenly pops back into her life, and she thinks she has feelings for him, too! Love is very confusing, as Lara Jean is about to find out. The story is heavily focused on the past in various regards, both Lara Jean’s and the past in general, as she starts working at a retirement home. At one point, Lara Jean and her old gang of friends from middle school decide to play a game from their childhood called Assassins. This was hands-down the best part of the book. I was giddy with excitement over it. I loved it.

I really liked everything about this book. The writing was familiar, the Song girls are as lovely as ever, and Lara Jean’s dilemmas are, as always, ridiculously high school. But it’s a YA book, you gotta expect that. Lara Jean is just as immature and jealous as in the first book, and Peter is cute but kind of a jerk again. The inclusion of John was fun, and I surprisingly really fell for him. Don’t get me wrong—I like Peter. Sometimes. But John felt much more Lara Jean material than Peter. I shouldn’t compare the two, but Lara Jean does. That’s kind of the plot for this novel: will she choose Peter or John? You’ll have to read to find out.

I almost never prefer a sequel over the first book, but in this case, I did. P.S. I Still Love You made me smile, tear up, and even full-on grin. It improved upon things like dialogue and writing style, and was far more interesting than just a hate-to-love storyline. I think I may be alone when I say P.S. I Still Love You was the breakout of the series—so far. I can’t wait to see what Lara Jean takes on next, though I’ll be sad to see the story end!

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