Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Chick-lit, Young Adult, Romance, growing up
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: 26th May 2015
Summery :Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
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?
P.S I Still Love You picks up right where To All The Boy’s I Loved Before finishes, making it impossible to not want to read them one after the other. The continuous story between the two novels made it feel like one long love story that I literally couldn’t put down (that’s a lie, it took a slow reader like me a good 4 days to read it.) If you’re in two minds whether to pick this book up after reading the first, I highly recommend you stop reading this for a moment and go to order it right now.
Lara Jean never wanted her most private love letters to be send out and for the boys she’s loved in the past to all become a part of her life very quickly again, but sometimes things like that just happen apparently! During To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before we watch Lara Jean’s relationship with Peter change and grow from a lie and in P.S I Still Love You we get to see a whole lot more of that relationship which actually turns out quite special.
I’ve never been overly fond of the ‘bad boy’ in novels – it’s not a characteristic that would appeal to me – but I cannot help absolutely adoring Peter. I’m still trying to figure out if he’s supposed to be a likeable character or not, but his helplessness in some situations just makes you want to wrap him in a blanket and tell him life’s going to be okay. However P.S I Still Love You has many more dramatic turns than the previous novel, making Lara Jean grow up much more than I thought she would from her seemingly sheltered life style. Her relationship with many people (including Peter) is tested as she’s trying to find out what and who she really wants.
As for Jenny Han’s writing I struggle to find fault as per usual. Her style is very innocent and ‘cutesy’ and it’s impossible not to adore the way she takes on the Song family. As that is said there is a much more ‘grown up’ tone to this novel and that is down to the events and Lara Jean’s personality changing.
The one thing I’ve always loved about Jenny Han’s novels is the fact there are so few clichés written in to them like other Young Adult novels around (here’s looking at you ‘the Duff’), but I feel like that’s something that has changed over this novel. I found some of the scenes hard to believe between Peter and Genevieve, not understanding even as a teenager how Peter would think his behaviour appropriate. Moreover I found Genevieve to have turned in to a cliché of a ‘typical jealous popular American girl’, it didn’t make me pity Lara Jean it made me annoyed after such a good book had been littered with bad writing. This is my only small criticism and it would not put me off re-reading the book at all.
The first half of the book for me was a little underwhelming and childish for me (that’s personal opinion as I am four years older than the majority of the characters, I could imagine someone a few years younger than me adoring this book) but the second half was exciting and fast paced. It was laced with scenes that were so sickeningly sweet it made you put the book down and just sit for a while with a smile on your face.
Overall I cannot find a great deal of fault in the book except for a few ‘less than perfect’ parts. They make me think of summer and sun and meadows with trees in swings. Although I’d love this duology to turn in to a trilogy, I wouldn’t know where the story would go to now to make it interesting. So I’ll settle with going out in the world and trying to find myself my own version of John Ambrose McClaren.