Disclaimer: This review might contain mild spoilers for Book 1 though I’ve tried my best not to spoil anything from either book!
Author: Jenny Han
Page Count: 337
Format: Paperback, Audiobook
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Blurb as on Goodreads:
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
I was craving some lighthearted cuteness and Peter K after reading several long and dark fantasy books in the last few weeks so I picked this one up. I read it quickly enough, especially while listening to the audiobook, which was super fun. The writing was easy, the chapters were short like the first book, just how I like them.
You can’t be close to someone, not truly, with secrets in between you.
The plot twists sort of annoyed me a little and so did a couple of the characters but I still enjoyed the book. Lara Jean and Peter finally start dating for real but after pretending for the last few months, they don’t know how to date for real and the obstacles don’t stop popping up. Something or the other just trips them up every time they start to get a rhythm going.
That’s all it takes for him to be happy, me telling him that he did a good job. He’s smiley all the way home.
I guess I see some of my teenage self in Lara Jean – the too trusting, always nice to everyone, hopeless romantic side – and it sort of annoyed the ‘older and wiser’ me. But it was nice to see that she tried to do the right thing for herself at that age and take no one’s crap, even though she came across a bit too naive and childish at times.
So much of love is chance. There’s something scary and wonderful about that.
Oh, and we finally get to meet John! I liked him. No real red flags so far. No spoilers but I thought that twist/resolution at the end was kind of sweet and warmed my heart, though some people did behave like total jerks and deserve to be dropped like hot potatoes, some deserve another chance.
Yeah, I don’t have a lot to say without spoiling anything. Overall, I liked seeing Lara Jean trying to navigate being in a real relationship and explore what it means to be young and in love and want to hold on to a moment and also have fun. I did like it a little more than the first one.
I can see now that it’s the little things, the small efforts that keep a relationship going.
While I don’t usually read or enjoy contemporary romances much, I am enjoying this series even though I wouldn’t call it the best or anywhere near my favorite. I probably would have loved it when I was a teenager myself but for now, it was a quick, light read and I can’t wait for this one’s movie adaptation! I might just like the movies better than the books in the case of this series. Also, I want to see a little happy ending for some of the side characters as well – they’re growing on me.
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This review should have been up days ago but I just wasn’t satisfied with it. I still don’t feel like I had enough to say about it for a proper review – I don’t know if it’s because this is a sequel or a YA contemporary romance or both and maybe I don’t need to review every single book I read? 🤔
What did you think of this review? Do you enjoy contemporary romances – YA or adult? Let me know in the comments below and check out this post on my best contemporary reads!