P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Published by Simon & Schuster on May 26, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.
I’ve been absolutely obsessed with To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before since the day the movie was released on Netflix. I only recently read the first book and since August I’ve been dying to get my hands on the sequel, needing to know how Lara Jean’s story continues. And was it ever worth the wait? Yes.
If you haven’t read the first book, go and read it then read my review for it here. I can’t promise a spoiler-free review for the sequel, even despite the fact that it’s probably going to be a long wait for the movie sequel. (*bribes Netflix to speed up the production process*) For those of you who haven’t read the sequel but have read the first, here’s what you need to know before going in: go, grab it now. I think it’s better than the first so if you loved the first you’ll really love this one. I read it in less than 5 hours, if that gives an inkling of how into it I was.
Now, onto everything about the book…
As I discussed, briefly, in my review for To All the Boys, the first book didn’t end where the movie did. The first movie definitely bled into the second book, leaving it to be the perfect movie ending in case they couldn’t get a sequel green lit. The first book left me with nerves and worries about how long it would be to get to that movie ending. The answer: not long. Thankfully Margot was around in the beginning of the book to get Lara Jean to just go over and talk to Peter. Bless her and her soul. It’s kinda a shame we don’t get to see too much of Margot because she gets Lara Jean to do things she takes absolutely way too long to do, but she definitely is more present in this book than she was in the first. LJ is calling her more, she is physically there for about the first 100 pages ish and she is playing a bigger role and we see more of the dynamic between her and LJ in play instead of just LJ remembering what it was like to have Margot at home. I think my favorite of all the Song girls is Kitty. It’s really, really, really hard to not immediately love her. I wish I had her as a younger sister. Kitty brings in humor to the series and a touch of chaos and a load of honesty. I adore her.
The book seemed to be going off perfectly with Peter and Lara Jean together right off the bat and happy. I was immediately suspicious. As someone who reads a lot, I can usually catch the ins and outs of books before they show up, especially contemporaries. There were a lot of things I thought I was pretty spot on for (I totally guessed Stormy’s grandson being John Ambrose long before it was revealed) and of course, there were things that I got wrong. But when things seemed to go off without a hitch, I got nervous. There’s an entire third book so it couldn’t go well enough. Of course it didn’t.
Many characters we were introduced to the last book played a bigger role. We learned more about them and they effected the story in their own ways. Genevieve was one of these characters. She definitely was integral to how this story fell apart, even more than how she played in how the first book came together. I’d like to see a little bit of a redemption arc between LJ and Genevieve in a Sierra Burgess is a Loser-way without the awful turn of events (does this example even make sense??). I would like to see her lose a little bit of her bitterness and maybe see her become someone that I don’t actively root against. By the end of the book I started to feel really bad for her. It’s not her fault she’d been dealt some bad cards in life. How she handles those bad cards is her fault, but it’s not her fault she has been pushed into these unfortunate situations.
Another character that was introduced, or mentioned, that definitely played a bigger role is none other than John Ambrose McClaren. Because of the after credit scene in the movie, I knew he’d show up. I didn’t know how it was going to be handled, but I knew somehow he was going to play a part in the downfall of LJ and Peter’s relationship. I could feel it. Because I love their relationship so, so much, I didn’t want to like John. I didn’t want him to write her letters that are charming and just flirtatious enough it’s subtle but you can tell it’s not casual conversations. I didn’t want him to do everything right while Peter was seemingly doing everything wrong. I didn’t like Stormy pushing them together while LJ was talking about how she was dating Peter. But I’d be lying if by the end of the book I didn’t have at least a small fondness for the guy. He was just perfect and I could see how good he would be for LJ. They would’ve worked really well together…if Peter hadn’t come into the picture first. I can’t tell you what I like better about LJ and Peter, but there’s something in the chemistry they have and how different they are that makes them work better. I don’t know how John is going to continue to have a presence in the next book or if he is going to. After all, he did say maybe someday was their chance.
P.S. I Still Love You had it’s predictable moments, but it kept me nervous while I was reading. The “will they won’t they” kept me on the edge of my seat and nervously ranting to my roommate while I read. Like I said, I’m a huge Peter Kavinsky fan. I wish he was real. Or I wish I could find someone like him. Or something. He’s not perfect but he’s just right. Jenny Han has crafted the perfect heartbreaker for all of us to pine and cry over. I was starting to lose hope in him near the end of the book but right as I worried all hope was lost, he showed up just in time with the right things to say.
I’m running as fast as I can this weekend to purchase the third and final book in this series. What I’ll do after? I have no idea. Bother Netflix to put out the sequel and then rewatch the first movie over and over until I get it.
This series is the perfect contemporary series for anyone who is needing any of the following in their life: a quick and fun read, cute romance, something to make you smile, a vision of a strong family, a headstrong 10 year old, oxygen, the image of Noah Centineo in your head, diversity in a YA novel, a little bit of stress, or something to give you hope again. This has shaped up to be one of my favorite YA contemporaries in a long time. It’s been a while since I’ve read a contemporary I’ve been this obsessed with that is also a series. So run, don’t walk, to go read this.