Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I love this cover

I love this cover

Always and Forever, Lara Jean
by Jenny Han
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Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3
Published: May 2nd 2017
Rating: The ending I wanted

This is the sequel that I was waiting for. Just so much cute.  Lara Jean and Peter continue their relationship as they try to negotiate their launch into adulthood.

All of the conflicts in this book comes from the simple fact that Lara Jean and Peter are 18 and having to make their first huge life choices.  What are they going to do after graduation? Will they stay together? Go to college together? Plan their lives around one another? How much of your life can you plan out when you are only eighteen? What does it mean to be an adult and to grow up? Anyone who has graduated or is about to graduate know how this feels. I love the idea explored that sometimes disappointment can lead to unexpectedly open doors. 

Lara Jean is still one of my favorite YA contemporary YA characters ever.  Her introversion is so relatable. Yay, for staying home on a Saturday and baking cookies. I love that she stays so true to herself throughout the book even when she isn't sure what she truly wants. 

Why is Peter's mom such a b- about Lara Jean? I am going to say it: Lara Jean could probably do better than Peter.  I mean aside from being beautiful he isn't all that extraordinary.  Don't get me wrong; I love him.   I just think that we should acknowledge that Lara Jean is dating down. Having said I ship them forever and I won't be mad if Jenny Han writes a book set fifteen or years later where they are getting married.  Lara Jean deserves her ethereal wedding aesthetic. 

I guess that’s part of growing up, too—saying goodbye to the things you used to love.

The side characters in this book make me so happy. Kitty is the best little sister in the world.  She is just the perfect combination of obnoxious, independent, and sweet. I maintain that she deserves a spin off series of her own. I also love Margot's character arc in this book.  I started off being irritated by her choices, but I eventually came around.

Lara Jean talks about having nostalgia for a life that you still have. Which is such a relatable thing.  It reminds me of how I have felt right before moving from a country.  I am not gone yet, but I feel all wistful and generous because my time there is almost over and I won't be able to have that experience again. Lara Jean feels the same way about her high school life.  I can also relate to using micromanaging as a coping mechanism. I too, latch onto organization whenever things in my life feel out of control.  Lara Jean starts to fixate on details to distract herself from the fact that her life is not completely going according to plan.

Love Always, Lara Jean made me so happy.  I enjoyed every moment that I got to spend with Lara Jean and her family again and I am incredibly satisfied with how everything turned out.  If you enjoy contemporary romantic YA, I urge you to check this series out.

From Goodreads:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?