Review: P.S. I Still Love You

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.”

Rating: 2.5/5 stars


Synopsis

20698530Lara 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 Timesbestseller 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.

 

 


The Verdict

Well that was… annoying? Trust me though, no one is more disappointed in my rating than me because I really enjoyed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. And this is a super unpopular opinion of the book because it seems like almost all of my friends on Goodreads loved this book. This review will contain spoilers for TATBILB so please read at your own risk if you have not picked up the book or watched the movie.

ICYMI: The premise of TATBILB is that Lara Jean writes letters as a way to get over her crushes. She signs, seals and hides them away in a hatbox until one way the letters get out. In an attempt to downplay the situation (since her older sister’s boyfriend got a letter), Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky (who also received a letter and wants to make his ex-girlfriend jealous) pretend to date each other. As the story progresses Lara Jean and Peter realize that their fake relationship might not be so fake after all.

This is going to be less of a review and more of a rant because I have a lot of gripes with this book, so let’s dive in.

  1. P.S. I Still Love You actually felt like all of the character growth between Lara Jean and Peter took a thousand steps backwards. Lara Jean, was actually the worst. She was so naive and immature and DRAMATIC. My god, the dramatics were unreal. My eyes were rolled in the back of my head for about 80% of this book. As for Peter, he wasn’t as bad but he was basically a jealous douche for majority of this book. I mean, enough with the Genevieve drama, which brings up to our next point.
  2. What the hell even was the Gen drama? The reasoning for why Peter needed to run to her side, skip his games, and push Lara Jean to the back burner at times was so incredibly stupid. UGHHHHH. High school drama is the worst. Not to mention Gen slut-shamed Lara Jean and Peter still keeps going back to Gen. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PETER? STAND UP FOR YOUR GIRL. Like, Peter will stand up to the whole school for making jokes about the “sex tape” but not to the person who actually shared it? Get lost, bro.
  3. I hate love triangles and even if I did like them, this would still be a no from me.
  4. 337 pages of boredom because where was the plot?! Did I miss it? It was just basically a bunch of unimportant and unnecessary drama.

A few things I actually enjoyed about this book were Kitty, as usual. The Covey family dynamic, as usual. Peter taking Kitty out was actually super cute, I can’t take that away from him. The writing, as usual. As boring as the plot was, Jenny Han still has a way with words that makes it all flow together.


Favorite Quotes

“Things feel like they’ll be forever, but they aren’t. Love can go away, or people can, without even meaning to. Nothing is guaranteed.” 

“You have to let yourself be fully present in every moment. Just be awake for it, do you know what I mean? Go all in and wring every last drop out of the experience.”

“In memory, everything seems to happen to music.”

“You haven’t brought me down. Just the opposite. You’ve brought me out. You gave me my first love story, Peter. Please just don’t let it be over yet.”

All in all, I’m seriously bummed about this and wishing TATBILB would have been a standalone. I do still plan on reading the last book but I also don’t really care about reading the last book because if it’s anything like this I will be majorly disappointed.

Until next time,

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11 thoughts on “Review: P.S. I Still Love You

  1. Love this review! It’s not surprising though..I only wanted to see whether Lara Jean ends up with Peter, which took forever to get to in the beginning. Lol. After that, I stopped and gave up on wanting to read this one. The first one took 10 chapters before I actually got into it and started loving it. 🙈 I feel like I would have the same thoughts as you did on this one, had I continued. Thanks for saving me the trouble! 💕

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  2. I didn’t like P.S. I Love You but the third book gave me warm fuzzies! Always and Forever isn’t very plot heavy either. It’s more like applying for colleges, trips, day in the life, etc. BUT I LOVED IT because there wasn’t as much drama. The main “conflict” is more related to being a Senior and what college to go to. I liked Peter better in that one. I like to pretend P.S. I Love You Peter doesn’t exist 😉

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    1. Hmmm this is very good to know! Because after I finished P.S. I Love You I’ve felt no desire to pick up the third book, but this makes me feel a lot better! Less drama is definitely up my alley haha!

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  3. Ah we have pretty similar thoughts on the second book! I agree that the characters in this book seemed so different compared to how they left off in the first book. For me, I didn’t find a big problem with Lara Jean but more so with Peter. I was upset at how Peter was basically ignoring Lara Jean; and also the reason why Gen was upset was very underdeveloped and out of the blue. I also agree with what you said about the plot; it was lacking and nothing much really happened. Haha what’s funny is I still have a relatively good impression of this second book just because I loved the first book so much! I’m still excited to read the third book (I’ve heard a lot of good things about it), but I was dissapointed in this one. Great review!

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    1. Thank you!! When I was reading this it was right after I saw the movie and after all the growth we saw in Peter I just kept thinking there’s no way the guy who plays Peter can be this mean haha! Hopefully we’ll both have a better experience with the third one!

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