“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 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?
The book is fun -I’ll give you that. Was it the best book ever? No. Was it fun and addictive? Yes. Was it my favourite? Not really. I think I definitely preferred the first book. The first book had a certain charm to it that made it quite memorable but the second book, I found it frustrating and dare I say… tacky? When I read the first book I was quite young so the book was super fun but now that I am slightly older, I found that half of the time I was really frustrated at Lara Jean. At times I found her annoying and her voice in the book really irked me. But then I remembered that Lara Jean is still in high school and she’s a developing character.
The characters, oh, they definitely had their flaws -oh gosh did they have their flaws but I guess that’s what makes them human. Like I said before, I didn’t enjoy Lara Jean’s character nor did I enjoy Peter’s. I felt both of them were quite… surfaced based characters? Maybe I’ve just lost interest in high school romance but I really did not feel anything for Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship. I just didn’t care at all. The ups and downs in their relationship meant nothing to me. It was nice to see Lara Jean developing as a character but other then that, I felt no connection to her.
But I will say, Jenny Han has a way of getting you gripped onto her stories. Yes, it wasn’t the best but it was still so addictive. Jenny Han also talked about sexism and feminism, which I appreciated (I did have slight problems with how she mentioned it). It felt like she went, “okay let’s talk about feminism” and then a character said a very noteworthy comment on sexism and feminism and it felt cheap and tacky. It just felt like a cheap way of “just mentioning” feminism and sexism. But still, appreciated that it was still talked about.
The one BIG PLUS about this story was definitely John Ambrose McClaren. Mmmm yeah, he was a great character. He was the main highlight for me!