Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
When I started reading again in March 2014, one of the books I picked up initially was To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. I loved it and as soon as P.S. I Still Love You was released, I snatched that book up on pre-order. It’s safe to say that we all assumed that would be the last Lara Jean book we’d see from Jenny, but then last year she surprised us with an announcement that another book would be added to the duology, making it a trilogy and I am so glad we got this last book. As I saw someone say on Goodreads, it’s the wrap up you always want from a series, but you don’t usually get. Jenny most definitely delivered.
So, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, which for the purposes of this review (and my laziness), I’m calling it AAFLJ, basically follows Lara Jean through her senior year at High School. As someone who lives in England, we do noooot go all out with our final year at high school because most of us are going to the same college and by the time we’ve finished that, I don’t think we really care all that much about finishing before going to University. From this book (and other knowledge of American school systems), Senior Year seems like a huge thing and Lara Jean further demonstrates this with her need for the ‘perfect senior year’.
New York played a small part in this book which I think really added to this story. I wasn’t really aware that Seniors went on trips or whatever, so it was cool to see Lara in a new environment. The trials and tribulations of college also played a pretty vital part to this book. In all honesty, there was a lot of focus on Lara’s senior year and her future. We saw her really deliberating over college, where she’d go, the disappointments but also excitement of college, and for once, we saw Lara be spontaneous as she usually plans her life down to a T. I would describe her as having a sort of romanticist and optimistic approach, with a little bit of naivety thrown in.
Obviously Peter Kavinsky plays a large part in Lara Jean’s life and has done in the past two books. This book is no different, although the book shows how senior year and college decisions really can affect relationships, specifically romantic ones. It was cute to see how much Peter really cares about Lara and their relationship really does come across as sweet. I enjoyed the interactions with Peter and seeing how happy he made Lara. To be honest, I just love Peter Kavinsky, I love Lara Jean and I love both of them together!
I felt that the ending was a good one, but I was ever so slightly disappointed by it as I expected the perfect ending and this wasn’t quite it for me. Although it was very good, I just wanted a little bit more closure following the last book, or a little prologue a year later to see where Lara, Peter and the other characters ended up.
Although I devoured and finished this book the day I received it, I don’t think the book was a totally necessary addition to the duology. However, it was lovely to have as a final goodbye to Lara Jean and all the other characters in the book. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would most definitely recommend it if you, of course, have read the previous Lara Jean books, or if you are looking to read a quick, funny, light and cutesy read!
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