Author: Jenny Han
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
First Published: May 26, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance, Young Adult
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?
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.
What a delightful and frustrating book, this series has become such a guilty pleasure for me to read. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a delight because it introduces an understandable dilemma, and the reader follows Lara Jean as she clumsily falls in love with her first boyfriend. Drama ensues when another letter recipient shows up, and Lara Jean’s new squeeze Peter is still very close to his very jealous ex-girlfriend.
Lara Jean, I think you half-fall in love with every person you meet. It’s part of your charm. You’re in love with love.
In this book we see Lara Jean come into her own more and it was refreshing to see. The friendships that she has with Chris and Lucas are also better developed and they are both characters that I have come to adore, I was happy to see that there was more of a friendly support system. Many of the plot developments were extremely predictable and I found myself sighing when my predictions came true, not because of the predictability but because of the events themselves. Relationships are messy, especially when other people are involved, and Lara Jean’s confusion and frustrations over Peter’s relationship with his ex-girlfriend are justifiable. It’s frustrating because it’s relatable.
It may seem obvious that Peter is being willfully ignorant for much of the book and I was screaming in my head at how annoying it was. I’ve also been that girl that had a boyfriend that was still either hung up or very close to an ex-girlfriend and it’s never turned out well EVER. It is for that reason I have to appreciate the writing because Jenny Han writes characters that are believable, and she shows the ups and downs of relationships which is nice to see in a romance.
Lara Jean is a compelling character and I want to see her happy. I like that the story is very much about her and the way that her feelings change and develop as she continues to foster new relationships with other people. I found myself genuinely feeling sad about John Ambrose McClaren, who really is wholesome and gets caught up in everything. You can meet the right person and develop feelings at the entirely wrong time, and it’s an unfortunate part of life. I devoured this book even faster than I did the last, and I plan to start the third and final installment in the series right away.