“I guess that’s part of growing up, too–saying goodbye to the things you used to love.”
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
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?
Let’s just get this out of the way, To All the Boys I Loved Before should have been a standalone. You can find my reviews for To All the Boys I Loved Before and P.S. – I Still Love You by clicking on the titles.
I don’t even know where to start with this one other than WHAT A BORING MESS. This was slightly better than the second book, and by slightly I mean half a star better. The only part of this book I could relatetoo is how much Lara Jean doesn’t like change, because I myself find change rather daunting. There is nothing better to me than routine and knowing what to expect in life, any curveballs thrown my way and I am stressed to the max. So I understand the college jitters and Lara Jean questioning how her family will adapt to the change of her not being there once she’s away at college. It was the only part of this book I enjoyed but I was glad it was there otherwise this probably would have been a DNF.
Let’s spill some tea
✽ Lara Jean, is quite possibly one of the most annoying characters I have ever read. She is so immature that it hurt to read this book. And before anyone says “well she’s a teenager, obviously she’s going to be immature” let’s stop for a second. Yes, she is a teenager. Yes, teenagers, can be immature. But Lara Jean is also a spoiled brat who is used to getting whatever she wants WHENEVER, and it really shows. Shit, when I was a senior in high school I was worried about how I was going to make my $20 bucks for the week last long enough for food and gas. Not buying whatever I need and putting down not one, but TWO different deposits on colleges. Maybe she’d grow up a little more if she was used to the word “no” being said to her every now and then. Plus, she also expects Peter to just be this cute little puppy who follows her around watching rom-coms and baking cookies all the time. No thanks, girl.
✽ The lack of communication in this book is startling between Lara Jean and Peter. When you’re dealing with going to college and planning your future you would think you would sit down with your boyfriend and actually talk about what your future would look like together. Instead it was just like “okay, we’ll hang out after practice until you transfer next year, good plan.” For someone who hates change as much as Lara Jean, this was just so incredibly dumb. She meticulously plans EVERYTHING in her life, so it just didn’t make sense that she wouldn’t plan the biggest change in her life better.
✽ I actually liked Peter more than Lara Jean with this one, so that’s when you know how sour this went. I HATED Peter in P.S. – I Still Love You, so for me to actually be able to tolerate him more than Lara Jean just turning a blind eye to everything was shocking.
✽ This now marks the second book that had ZERO plot. Seriously, just skip the first 300 pages and the story will begin. The brain power it requires to read this is extremely minimal my friends.
All in all, I’m honestly still trying to figure out if I read a different series then everyone else. 90% of my friends on Goodreads rated this five stars, and just…HOW?! What book were y’all reading?! Because I can’t figure out how it was this one. Anyway, I’m glad this this is over because if there was another book I would absolutely NOT be picking it up.
Until next time,