Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #3
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
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 found out Jenny Han was continuing Lara Jean’s story, and making the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology, a trilogy, I was so excited! From the moment I put down P.S. I Still Love You (#2 in the series), I was very eager for more of Lara Jean’s story, and wasn’t too disappointed in this third and final installment.
This surprise follow-up to Lara Jean’s story follows her through her busy senior year. She’s preparing for college, head over heels in love with her boyfriend Peter, her dad is getting married, and her sister Margot is coming home for the summer. She has made a plan, and is ready for the next chapter. But when her plans get a major wrench thrown in them, she has to decide what to do, and where to go next.
I really enjoyed this last book. We got plenty of Kitty, Margot, and lovable Lara Jean. I just wish there had been more of Peter and Lara Jean together. I mean, there were scenes with them obviously, but I’m selfish and wanted more. Their relationship has really grown since the last book. They are having more meaningful conversations about deeper and more personal topics. I wanted more of that. I wanted to see more of Peter and Lara Jean discussing their hardships with each other. But I will say, that their lack of being 100% honest with each other does come into play in the book. No spoilers here – so I’m just going to leave it there.
What I like about Peter and Lara Jean is the fact that they seem like real teenagers. They aren’t overly mature for their age, but they aren’t immature either. They make poor choices without thinking, but then they are really thoughtful in their decisions in other ways. I felt Han portrayed typical 17/18-year-olds very well.
Lara Jean still seems a little, not immature, but maybe childish, in the way she sometimes acts/thinks in the book. I’m not sure if it is Lara Jean the character, or just how Jenny Han writes – this is the only series of hers I’ve read.
All in all, I’m really happy I read this series, and this final installment. I was very satisfied with the ending, and where Lara Jean’s path was headed to next!