Book Talk: PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Book Talk: PS I Still Love You by Jenny HanPS I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Series: To All The Boys #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers on May 2015
Genres: Contemporary YA
Also by this author: The Summer I Turned Pretty, To All The Boys I've Loved Before
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought
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Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”

 

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PS I Still Love You is the sequel & conclusion to To All The Boys I’ve Loved before — check out my review here!

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a4Oh man, what a thoroughly satisfying sequel and ending to Lara Jean’s story. And honestly? It has nothing to do with who she ended up with! I’m not going to say here, in the spoiler free zone, whether I was happy about the boy situation because I don’t want to give anything away but I will say that this was a wonderful book with an ending that personally made sense to me! I loved how Jenny really examined all the intricacies that come with first love and your first REAL dating relationship plus your first heartbreak. I felt everything — from the giddiness of your first real boyfriend to the pressures of sex to that absence a breakup creates– and I just loved (well, not loved because OW MY HEART) watching Lara Jean experience it all. And, like with To All The Boys, family and friendship also shines in this. Jenny just handles all these various relationships and how they shift and change so flawlessly — how the sisters relationship evolves, to old friends who come back in your life, to watching people who were once a part of your daily life no longer be there. It explored so many amazing things and I could blather on about each different relationship from this book.

This book actually hit me really hard personally when it came to two major things.

Lara Jean and missing her mom: MAN, Jenny killed me. You know right away in To All the Boys that Lara Jean’s mom had passed away and their dad has been raising the 3 girls. I really connected with the sisters because of that and in this book even more so. Jenny so poignantly captures what it’s like to have lost someone many years ago — the grief isn’t as in your face but it rushes to the surface in certain moments and that longing is always there. It’s the big things but also in the little moments. There was this moment when the girls are talking to their dad and something comes up and Lara Jean has this moment where she can’t remember a detail about her mom. I know that panic and that drop in your stomach when you feel like you can’t remember something about them. And then there is this really hard moment of heartbreak for Lara Jean where she is crying and she just wishes for her mom and wonders what she’d do and OH MAN…I just lost it. I feel like normal people probably won’t feel that emotional about it or see much significance but I can’t tell you how many times after I lost my job that I’ve wished for my mom to be here because I know she would help me come up with a killer game plan.

First heartbreak: I’m not at all going to get into details of who or what or why and if things get worked out but MY HEART HURT ALONGSIDE LARA JEAN. I think Jenny just nails what it is like to experience that euphoria of first love and that sledgehammer-to-the-heart feeling with your first heartbreak. I found myself weirdly emotional about it because it so perfectly captured it and it started dredging up MY first real heartbreak that happened in high school. I was like finding myself thinking about it and feeling emotional about it and I was like OMG I AM HAPPILY MARRIED SO WHO CARES but there’s just something about that first heartbreak that just sticks whether or not you get back together. It sticks with you and it’s the first time I think you really see what it means to be vulnerable with someone — to let them have your heart in that way. You move through relationships with different eyes after that one.

OKAY SPOILER TIME:

DO NOT READ ON IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE SPOILED

Okay can we talk about the boy situation??? I was so happy with who she ended up with. SO HAPPY. But what I really loved that Jenny did is that she didn’t make either of them be AWFUL or anything. I genuinely loved both of them even though, like Lara Jean, Peter K had my heart more. In my life I’ve been faced with this same dilemma….I’d have a spark with two different guys and I KNOW I could love or be with either one of them but one just has my heart a little more in the moment. I SO UNDERSTOOD THAT. I was so happy Jenny didn’t make one of them be a douche to make it easy for Lara Jean. BUT POOR JOHNNY. My heart was really sad for him because it was wonderful and swoony and made me smile. His little “I never had a chance did I?” gutted me. It sucks sometimes to have to hurt a perfectly good person but the heart wants what the heart wants. I will say that I was SO surprised with how little Josh had to do with this book because I loved him too BUT I think it was so realistic and true of how sometimes people are so involved in your life and then…they aren’t. You move on and forward without people you care about and the anatomy of your relationship can change.

 

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factors+ characters, the romance, the exploration of these big firsts (love & heartbreak), all the relationships (father/daughter, sisters, friends, romance)
–  Honestly not much but I was so hoping for more of the sister relationships to have more of a focus like in the first book

Re-readability: I definitely want to reread both books at some point.
Would I buy a copy for my collection? I already did!

a5Well, obviously people who read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. But I recommend both books to fans of YA realistic fiction! To people who like books that examine crushes and first love! Fans of books with strong family relationships!

a8Jenny Han is just one of those authors who is able to so beautifully write about coming of age and everything that comes with it. The growing and changing of relationships, all the firsts, pain and heartbreak, etc. I really loved Lara Jean and her sisters and I’m really sad for their story to be over but PS I Still Love You was completely satisfying as a reader.

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a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?
Were you happy about who LJ ended up with??

 

 


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Comments

  1. I’m so happy you liked this book! I still haven’t read it yet partly because I don’t want it to end and also partly because I’m scared of how it will end. I know some people who were a little let down while I know others who absolutely adored it so… I’m just super conflicted. It’s definitely reassuring to hear all good things about it though! Reading about different types of relationships is one of my favourite things just because relationships are so complex and interesting in reality so to see them play out for a character in a book is something I really really like. Although I think I’ll have to be a little sad over the fact that there isn’t as much a focus on the sisters as there was in the first book because as an only child who’s always wanted to have siblings, I just loved being able to kinda live through Lara Jean and see her interactions with Margot and Kitty.

    • I hope you find it satisfying as well!! I mean, the tension was a little drawn out for me but also I was thinking how in high school that is so realistic. And yeah, re: the sisters it’s still THERE but I didn’t think there was as much of a focus which is something I LOVED about the first. It was just SO strong in that one that it felt a little sad there wasn’t as much developed in this book.

  2. You could not have picked a more perfect gif for your reaction after you finished reading <3 I felt the exact same way. I even like PSISLY more than To All the Boys. I now need to read everything Jenny Han ever has and will write!

  3. I read this during my trip back home after BEA. As much as I was looking forward to being home, I wanted my flight to last JUST A LITTLE LONGER so I could keep reading! While the situation with her missing her mom and her relationships with her sisters really said a lot to me, I’ve never experienced losing my mother and my sister is so much younger that I think the sister relationship dynamic was lost on me. What really struck a cord (or a nerve?) with me was her relationship with Peter. Or maybe just Peter himself. I have found myself in so many situations similar to theirs (his and Laura Jean) in very recent years (or even just a few weeks ago!) that there were a few times it was hard to read. Like I might have almost started crying on the plane! I LOVED To All The Boys but man, oh man… this one. This one got me right in the feels and I think I loved it even more! And yes… I was SO happy with the ending! 🙂

  4. Great review Jamie! These books join the handful of titles that I will actually re-read because they make me so, so happy. I agree with you about the ending too! Although I have a soft spot for JAM, I was really satisfied with the ending because it totally made sense for Lara Jean–which is something that’s really hard to balance in a book. I haven’t been invested in a whole cast of characters like I was in this book for a long time.

    I also feel like these buttons that I made are relevant: https://missprint.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/buttons-inspired-by-to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-before-p-s-i-still-love-you/

  5. Oh my gosh, I just read this duology this week! I was so into Lara Jean’s growth through them both. I really liked Josh and Peter in the first and Peter and John in the second. I was so glad with Lara Jean’s choice, and I could sympathize with her anxieties. I’m glad you enjoyed them!!

  6. This was a really good ending to this duology! Poor Johnny though 🙁 I really loved him!!

  7. Everyone has raved so much about this series and I don’t know if I will read it or not. I have my issues with romance and well I don’t like all kind of romances, but who knows I will try jaja

    thanks for the review

  8. This duology is HIGH on my must read list. Not only are the covers amazing, the books should really sweet too. Here’s hoping they live up to all of the wonderful hype. 🙂

  9. I’m dying to read this! I really loved the first one so I can’t wait to find out what happens!

  10. Your spoiler section matches my thought about the end of the book perfectly. I felt exactly the same way and was gutted by that comment as well. And I loved them both! Gah! Jenny is such a fab writer!

  11. I absolutely love the formatting of your reviews. You really cover so much in such a fun setting! The review on a post-it made me smile. And I’ve been meaning to read the first book (I bought it a while ago but my TBR pile was already pretty overwhelming), so your review just jogged my memory. Maybe it’ll be my next read, so I can get to this one 🙂

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