P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
They were just pretending. Until they weren’t. And now Lara Jean has to learn what it’s like to be in a real relationship and not just a make-believe one.
But when another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him suddenly return too.
Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
First Sentence: Dear Peter, I miss you.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
P.S. I Still Love You was one of my most anticipated books of the year. With how To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before left things, I needed some answers, especially since there would be a sequel. I was the happiest girl in the world when I found P.S. I Still Love You two weeks early in my mailbox (thank you so much Simon & Schuster!) and hoped that I would enjoy it. I am happy to report that I did!
I felt extremely conflicted and worried when I read the summary of P.S. I Still Love You. The summary of P.S. I Still Love You screamed LOVE TRIANGLE ALERT! and I was definitely worried that that would ruin everything. However, after reading P.S. I Still Love You, I can say that even though P.S. I Still Love You has a sort-of love triangle, there were no annoying love triangle elements like Lara Jean hanging out with the other guy to make him jealous, you know, all those annoying love triangle elements. I can’t say anything else in fear of spoilers.
Strangely, I think of Genevieve, of who we used to be to each other. Ours was the kind of friendship that makes sense as a kid but not so much now that we’re older. I suppose you can’t hold on to old things just for the sake of holding on. (29)
Man, did P.S. I Still Love You also constantly pull at my emotions. While reading P.S. I Still Love You, one moment I was grinning with a goofy smile on my face and at the next moment, I was wiping my tears away during a certain point in the book. You guys are definitely in for one wild ride.
I know a lot of people were annoyed at Lara Jean in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before because she acted so much younger than her actual age. However, Lara Jean really matures and grows in P.S. I Still Love You. She still doesn’t act completely like her age – only two years younger – but she is a lot brighter and smarter than she was in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.
I love the minor theme that was going on in P.S. I Still Love You – P.S. I Still Love You explores and points out the double standards for girls and guys. I can’t say much more as it’ll be a spoiler (I wonder how much times I’ll be saying this in my review), but I definitely approve of what Jenny Han was doing.
“I think that as long as you’re ready and it’s what you want to do and you’re protecting yourself, then it’s okay and you should do what you want to do.”
Margot says, “Society is far too caught up in shaming a woman for enjoying sex and applauding a man…It’s a ridiculous double standard.” (50)
My only problem with P.S. I Still Love You was that I am not exactly sure if I love the ending. At my first read – yes, I read P.S. I Still Love You more than once, it was that good – I really enjoyed the ending. The second and third time I read it, I had more and more questions popping up in my mind, little questions that I doubt I would ever get answers to. I guess Jenny wanted everything else to be left to the imagination?
Overall, I definitely enjoyed and loved P.S. I Still Love You. If you’re a fan of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you’ll definitely enjoy reading P.S. I Still Love You too!