Unfortunately, school has gotten in the way of writing. Of course I haven’t let it get fully in the way of my (pleasure) reading which is why I’m just now writing this review and already almost done with a different book!
We’ve all seen the hit Netflix movie, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, right?? If you haven’t, well you’ve been living under a rock! Ok fine, maybe the reason you haven’t watched it is that teeny-bop romances aren’t your thing. But, I’m here to tell you that they should be!
Typically, I hate seeing a movie adaptation for a book prior to reading the book itself, but in this case it may have been for the best. I was quite happy to have the actors who they chose for the roles of the two main characters, Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky in my head while reading the books. In fact, I don’t think there could be any other person for the role of Peter Kavinsky than Noah Centineo. He was born for the role of the charming but secretly sensitive high school jock. I guess that’s why he is the star of so many Netflix high school rom-coms!
For those of you who haven’t seen the movie or heard of the books, here is a quick rundown for you!
Lara Jean Covey is a quiet and authentic sixteen year old who used writing love letters to boys as a way to get over crushes. Love letters that were never meant to actually be read by said boys. That is until all five letters mysteriously (or not so mysteriously) make their way out into the world. One letter in particular brings utter mortification as it is addressed to her sisters VERY recent ex-boyfriend. In the most high school way to handle it, Lara Jean gets herself into a fake relationship to prove she doesn’t actually have feelings for her sisters ex boyfriend. Normal, right?
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, the second book in the series, P.S. I Still Love You, was my favorite of the three series collection. I’m a sucker for a good love triangle. But more than that, I felt like I was apart of watching a character really come into her own. I had points where I was yelling at her because I didn’t agree with her choices and flat out told her she was stupid (yes, I talk to imaginary characters on paper) but in the end she always knew better than I did. Better than I knew at 17, and better than I know now apparently!
Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a wonderful wrap up to the series even though I didn’t believe it was going to have real closure for me as I watched the pages dwinde down and so much still seemed to be left up in the air. It gave me closure without a final ending and if you don’t understand that then I guess you’ll just need to pick up the series and give it a read!
If I’m being completely honest, I’m a little jealous of Lara Jean. She thinks Peter is so sure of herself but she doesn’t see just how well she knows herself already. She doesn’t bend to conform. She enjoys scrap booking and vintage clothing despite whether that fits in with what is cool or not. She doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what she is. Well, except for the part where she pretends she’s the girlfriend of a total hottie but who can blame her for that little white lie? What I’m trying to say is, that even at a young age she’s not afraid to be herself. No matter what that means. Which makes this the perfect read for those young girls out there; young in age, and young at heart!