Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Publisher: Simon & Schuster’s Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 2, 2017
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
Pages: 336
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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?

MY THOUGHTS

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the third and final book in the series so this review may contain spoilers for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

I think my rating for this book is probably closer to a 4.5 stars but it’s inflated just because of sentimental reasons. I’ve been waiting for this book since the first book came out. I really liked P.S. I Still Love You but this was the book that I wished that one was. If you love Lara Jean and Peter together, this is a must-read for you. There are no love triangles, I promise!

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is about the final few months of Lara Jean and Peter’s senior year of high school. Peter’s been accepted to the University of Virginia already and Lara Jean is convinced that she’s going to be accepted too. She’s already planned out her college experience with Peter and is extremely excited about being able to be with Peter, as well as close enough to home to visit regularly. However, things don’t always go to plan and suddenly Lara Jean and Peter find themselves having to alter their plans and learn who they are as individuals away from each other.

I really loved the plot of this book. It’s been a long time since I graduated from high school, but I felt really connected with this story because my co-blogger, Aila just graduated and was going through some similar experiences recently. I really connected with Lara Jean’s struggles when it came to figuring out what she wanted to do after high school, especially after her plans fell through. I enjoyed watching her character development throughout the book as she learned to become more independent and put her own needs and wants before others.

But of course, my favourite aspect of the book was the adorable romance between Lara Jean and Peter. This is the first book in the series where we get to see the two of them together for the entire book and it was so worth the wait. The two of them are so perfect together and I loved how Peter just indulges Lara Jean’s quirks. I enjoyed how they worked through their problems together and I just thought their relationship was sugary sweet and everything I needed.

I’m so glad that Jenny Han decided to come out with this third book in this series. I wasn’t super happy with how P.S. I Still Love You ended because I wanted more of Lara Jean and Peter’s story. I’m extremely happy with what we got in this third novel and I’m going to be binge rereading this on sad and rainy days for a long time to come.

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15 thoughts on “Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

  1. Nick says:

    I’ll be reading this series this summer and frankly, I can’t wait. I love the sound of the characters, and the romance sounds so lovely. But also how gorgeous are those covers and that cover model? Can’t stop staring! I’m glad that this was a hit for you, Jenna!
    Lovely review!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      Hi Nick! Omg the covers of these books are amazing. And I really love looking at aesthetics posts for this series too. I’m excited for you to check out the trilogy! It’s so perfect for the summer and they’re really adorable, feel-good books. Hope you enjoy them!

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  2. Lois says:

    I’m glad this book was a hit for you. I think I could definitely relate to this book. I had no idea what I wanted to do after high school, heck 2 years after graduating university and I still don’t know what I want to do. These characters sound wonderful and I can just see myself swooning over this romance.

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  3. kozbisa says:

    I agree. I am glad Han had another story for Lara Jean, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that somebody wants to adapt this (Han said at a panel, I think last year, that the people interested wanted to white-wash it, so she said no — I admire her for that)
    Sam @ WLABB

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I’m so happy that she ended up releasing this third book! It was probably my favourite of the trilogy! I am also holding my breath for an adaptation that is true to the story and characterisation. Lara Jean’s culture and background is such an integral part of the story that I’ll be really mad if they do white-wash it.

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  4. Zoe says:

    I was a bit meh about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before so I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to continue the series, but seeing your 5/5 rating definitely makes me want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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  5. Lais says:

    i definitely agree that this was a needed and great conclusion to the series. although i love p.s. i still love you, i think that book didn’t give us enough time to see lara jean’s development, but this one for sure shows how much she’s changed and overcame her insecurities. her relationship with peter feels much more mature, but i was happy to see they continued to be the cutest couple ever. i’ll miss these characters! great review, jenna!

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    • Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

      I agree with everything you said! I liked P.S. I Still Love You but I needed more of Peter and Lara Jean’s story, rather than John Ambrose McLaren, as much as I liked him. And Lara Jean’s development was amazing in this last book, so I’m really glad that Jenny Han decided to write it.

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  6. Aila @ One Way Or An Author says:

    I kind of wish I can just skip book 2 and go directly to book 3? I’ve heard nothing but “bleh” things about #2 and how it’s just a continuation of more drama stemmed from the first book. But I’m so happy you loved this one (and that you connected through me! ❤ )!! I LOVE seeing more Peter and Lara Jean time after all that clique-y stuff going on in book #1. I also really like the exploration of future plans after high school – that's an aspect of contemporary YA that I really would like to see more of.

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  7. delphinethebabbler says:

    I’m so so so obsessed with this series. I’ve enjoyed each and every one. I think the first was the most humorous of the three and the third had a lot more emotion and a “touchy feely” vibe to it.
    Kitty was my favorite character, she’s so spunky and always has the cleverest thing to say to everything!!

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