Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 26th 2015
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
“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.”
Lara Jean and Peter were only pretending to date…at least they were pretending at first. As things get more serious Lara Jean realizes that relationships are not as easy as they seem. Things are further complicated when her final letter returns to her. Is it possible to love two boys at the same time?
Far too often romance books build teenage love up as an unending, but P.S. I Still Love You manages to maintain that first loves ARE very important but that doesn’t mean that they’ll be the last. It’s very firm about relationships with friends, lovers and families changing and ending, but it’s also clear about those relationships mattering despite how long they last.
The relationships showcased are also diverse and interesting. Lara Jean’s relationship with her single father and her sisters. Her father and sister’s relationship with the woman next door. Lara Jean’s friendship with a lady in the old folk’s home. It’s nice to see family and friends given emphasis in a romance novel.
It also shines a brilliant spotlight on the double standards between men and women. The harm a single video can cause and how to move past that. How even adults are guilty of seeing people a certain way depending on how they handle their personal sex life.
The ending felt a little like the book had just run out of time. Suddenly all the plotlines are shut down into the happy ending. The addition of a love triangle which gathers speed and then crashes as quickly as it started up seem unnecessary. There’d been one in the previous book and this one, while not terribly written, could have been left out.
Lara Jean is also slightly more childish in this novel. Before she was innocent and endearing, now there are moments where she just seems entirely petty. It’s not unrealistic for a teenage girl in her first relationship but it’s a touch irritating.
This book keeps the plot rolling along and has so many interesting characters and relationships that it’s difficult not to overlook the faults entirely. Jenny Han is up there with Stephanie Perkins in writing young adult romance that makes your heart flutter without feeling overblown and cheesy. A cute and clever read.