- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 26 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781442426733
- ISBN-13: 978-1442426733
- ASIN: 144242673X
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 422 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
P.S. I Still Love You Hardcover – May 26 2015
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"Lara Jean’s personality—goofy, awkward, prone to strong emotions, and entirely naïve when it comes to boys—give this touching story an individuality and charm all its own. Han creates a realistically flawed cast, especially half-Korean Lara Jean and her sisters, who work hard to be good to one another after their mother’s death (even when they’re at one another’s throats)." (Publishers Weekly, starred review on To All the Boys I've Loved Before)
"An ultimately compelling exploration of teenage growth and young love." (Kirkus, on To All the Boys I've Loved Before)
A wonderful choice for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins. (Booklist March 15, 2014)
In this lovely, lighthearted romance...readers will remember the Song sisters and the boys in their lives long after the final page turn. (School Library Journal, Starred review on To All the Boys I've Loved Before)
"The sparkling dialogue, heartwarming sister relationships, and honest talk make this a must-have title for teen collections." (School Library Journal)
"A sweet and charming sequel that is sure to be devoured by fans of the first book." (Booklist)
About the Author
Jenny Han is the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series; Shug; the Burn for Burn trilogy, cowritten with Siobhan Vivian; and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. She is also the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream. A former children’s bookseller, she earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. Visit her at DearJennyHan.com.See all Product description
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As for the characters in this book. I do think the main couple of this series have flawed personalities, which is kind of refreshing in YA.
There are so many funny and awesome events in this story, that I have to recommend this if you like YA contemporaries!
I also liked how the main character's is half Korean! The other mentions about their culture in the book, which is also very interesting.
PS: this isn't only a love story, family and fitting in are major theme's in this series!
One thing I as fairly unhappy with was the absence of Josh in this book. He played a major role in "To All the Boys", but for much of this book, he is only briefly mentioned. While Peter seemed to be the popular "boy of choice", I was more drawn to Josh and, while I didn't expect for her to fall for him, I kind of wished that he was at least somewhat difficult for Lara Jean to get over. Instead, the other boy that this book features in another one who received the letters, John Ambrose McLaren. And he's fine. He's nice and sweet and very romantic, but I felt no attachment to him, despite Lara Jean's obvious strong attachment. I simply felt that it was unnecessary to introduce another character, as the first book was already about a love triangle.
Another thing that I wasn't entirely happy about was the character growth. Many people have mentioned that Lara Jean Song annoyed them, but I couldn't help to appreciate her innocence and romantic tendencies. While she may act younger than the average sixteen year old, the majority of YA books (and shows and films) feature characters who act much older and have many more rights than those of their age usually do, so this was refreshing. In this book, she's still similar, but all the qualities I found interesting about her: she didn't swear, she had a strong desire to not have sex until after marriage or until she as very in love... they're not quite as present. While this is natural for any teenage girl, I felt these qualities made her unique. This isn't common for any YA character and it felt definitive to her character, as well as possibly more relatable for some girls who were on the same boat as Lara Jean in the first novel.
Really, though, I found it unfortunate that this book wasn't as interesting as the previous one. There was a definite lull near the end, there were somewhat strange parts (the scenes with the senior residents, for instance). In addition to this, I sometimes felt Jenny Han's references to social media and popular culture seemed forced. Instagram is mentioned, the song "Do you Wanna' Build a Snowman?" is as well, plus many more. They seemed unnecessary and like they won't age well.
Despite all these factors, however, there are definitely good qualities, and it as still an enjoyable book. Lara Jean is still very enjoyable, Peter constantly plays with Lara Jean's (and the reader's) affections, and those who choose to read the book ill be wondering who Lara Jean ends up with until the very last minute.
What I appreciated most, however, as Genevieve's backstory. Throughout both novels, Peter has an attachment to her that remains during her secrets struggles in her personal life. It is never mentioned until near the end and, while the actual discovery that Lara Jean makes is certainly disturbing, what we learn of her character and how she deals with it provides more depth to her character and the read will learn to feel empathy for her. Though certain aspects of the issue of touchy, it is handled very well, and also helps provide more insight into Peter's personality as well.
Overall, this book as enjoyable, despite being a disappointment. It is definitely not as much of a light pleasant read as the first one, it has major drawbacks in comparison, but it's still an enthralling romance, with unique characters, dramatic plotlines, and it tackles topics such as feminism, family issues, and mental health gracefully.
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