Some of you may recall my slight obsession with author, Jenny Han. From the first page of The Summer I Turned Pretty, I was hooked! For girls who spent any amount of time in life pining over a seemingly unattainable crush, Han has a way of putting all those complex intense emotions on paper. I devoured the trilogy, and later read her middle grade reader book Shug, and the Burn for Burn triology written with her best friend Siobhan Vivian, and of course the romantic story of Lara Jean To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Han’s voice in her writing is just so relatable, so vulnerable and raw that it’s hard not to fall in love with all of her characters.
P.S. I Still Love You is the much anticipated sequel to Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I Loved Before. If you haven’t read the first novel, here’s an over view. Lara Jean is a heart on her sleeve, romantic, who years before had written letters to the boys she loved in her life. Her younger sister Kitty ends up discovering the letters (in addressed envelopes hidden in a hat box in Lara Jean’s closet none the less!) and sends them away! As someone who’s written letters I never intended on sending, I could sympathize with the horror of such a reality. As could be expected, the unsuspecting recipients of the letters were quite surprised to receive such declarations, (especially old school snail mail style.) Not to ruin anything, but of course all that emotional revelation happening in high school leads to some complications, and it might even find Lara Jean in a fake relationship with one of the boys she wrote a letter to!
Fast forward to P.S. I Still Love You. Lara Jean and the boy from the pseudo relationship have decided to give things a real shot, (how could you pretend for that long and not conjure up some real feelings – and who’s to say they weren’t already there?) Throw in some YouTube hot tub video scandal, another boy from a different letter popping back up again, and the woes of teenage turmoil and you’ve got this sequel in a nutshell. In P.S. you’ll see the return of Lara Jean’s older sister Margot, from college in Scotland, get more of the wild antics from Stormy at the nursing home, see Kitty play match maker to the Song sister’s sweet Dad, and get a bit of closure to that ever long feud between Lara Jean and Genevieve.
Han did it again with her ever lovable characters and their heartfelt stories taking readers through a whirlwind that brings laughter, sighs, and maybe even a tear. If you haven’t read P.S. I Still Love You, yet I definitely recommend giving it a read!
(Photo from Simon & Schuster.)