Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Book cover for Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Stars: 5/5

Summary (from Goodreads): Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

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?

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I can’t even begin to describe my excitement when I found out that Jenny Han had written one final book in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. I was unsure of what would happen in this book since P.S. I Still Love You also wrapped up pretty well, but I can safely say that this story does not disappoint. This final instalment is all about change, and Lara Jean has come a long way since the beginning of book one. One of my favourite things about this series is the strong familial bond. I am so satisfied with this culmination, and I would definitely recommend it.

This conclusion to the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series is everything I was hoping for. Lara Jean’s senior year is coming to a close, and she must make many decisions regarding her future. One of the toughest things she must decide is whether or not she and Peter will stay together. Her whole world is changing, from her education to her family, and this story is all about her journey. I loved how this book is almost the opposite of the first one. This time, it’s Lara Jean going off to college, and it is so interesting seeing how her experience differs from Margot’s. I am so glad that we got an extension of this series, and I can honestly say that it will not disappoint.

Lara Jean is such a relatable main character. She prefers to stay home and scrapbook rather than go to parties, and she has the best baking skills. Lara Jean is also such a caring person and really puts others’ feelings into consideration before making a decision. She has really changed since book one, and seeing how much more confident she has become is so incredible. Lara Jean has got to be one of my favourite characters.

The strong theme of family in this series is so sweet. Lara Jean has such a close relationship with her sisters and her father, and reading about their interactions is both humorous and touching. In this story, there is also a new member of the family, since Lara Jean’s father is getting remarried. I would take family over romance any day, and I love how this series has the perfect balance.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the perfect conclusion to the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before books. This story is all about dealing with change and difficult decisions. Lara Jean is as amazing as always, and the theme of family remains one of the key aspects of the book. I adored this book, and while it was a great ending, I am still sad that Lara Jean’s story is over.

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

  1. Jaime Lynn says:

    AHHHHH! I have it, it is waiting for me, and I cannot freaking wait to read it. I love Lara Jean, I love the familial relationships. And I love Peter. I am just. SO. EXCITED!!!

  2. dreamstogo1 says:

    Always and Forever, Lara Jean sounds like a wonderful read. Part of growing up is deciding where or if to go to college, whether one can keep a long distance relationship going, and deciding where one wants to go in life. Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a great example of life. Thanks for the review.

  3. Kelly says:

    I’m glad to hear that you liked this! I’m probably one of the few left, but despite having the first two books, I haven’t read them yet! Either way, great review, and I’m thrilled to know that this installment is something to look forward to!

    • Candid Cover says:

      I think it would be amazing to binge the whole series all at once! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the series if you do decide to give it a try. 🙂

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