Book Review | Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The concluding book in the To All the Boys trilogy is exactly what I needed to end my relationship with Lara Jean and Peter. While I felt so-so about PS I Still Love You, I absolutely didn’t have mixed feelings about Always and Forever, Lara Jean. I was a wonderful ending to a story!

College Stress

A large portion of this book is about the stress Lara Jean feels while waiting to see if she got in to any of the five schools she applied to. Peter is going to UVA on a lacrosse scholarship, and obviously Lara Jean wants to go to the same school. I didn’t get the feeling she wanted to go for Peter though. Most of the time her anxiety of getting into UVA seemed to center around wanting to stay close to home. I understand her want to stay close to her family, but I ended up being happy with the outcome of the college’s decision.

Peter and Lara Jean

The cutest couple really went through major ups and downs in this novel! There were cute moments (finding out who Peter’s first kiss was) and really upsetting moments (Lara Jean getting drunk), but ultimately, I was so happy with the way their relationship turned out. I couldn’t help but root for them the entirety of this trilogy. Jenny Han says she has no intention to write another Lara Jean book and that makes me happy. It allows me to imagine Peter and Lara Jean stayed together through their 4 years of college, married, and had babies. I honestly don’t need another story about them because I like my imagined ending for them. They may have met in high school, but I have hope that these characters ended up together in Fictionland… happily ever after.

Jumbled Storyline

I really wanted to use jumbled as a header. It’s not so much jumbled as it is that this book starts almost at the end of senior year. When we last left Peter and Lara Jean, they were still juniors… it’s like we missed a whole summer of their romance. What did they do? What happened in the year they were really dating? I don’t really need to know, but I’m curious.

Also, we skip the entire month of July – did Lara Jean get Peter socks on her adventures with her sisters and grandma? Did they email or write letters to each other while Lara Jean was abroad? Nothing is ever really mentioned about her graduation trip at all! One second they’re at Beach Week, the next it’s August and they’re saying goodbye to go to college!

Again, I don’t need answers, but I am still wondering about this several days later.

The storyline jumbling didn’t really detract from the story at all, but it would be nice if I had a few details. Just to satiate my curiosity.

Concluding Thoughts

This was a fun novel to read. I mostly read it in my mother in law’s basement and struggled to contain my emotions. Jenny Han’s writing is really funny so it was tough not to laugh out loud (normally I would’ve just laughed, but I didn’t want to disturb MIL’s reading life…)

I finished this in one reading day (on Super Bowl Sunday to be exact) and over the trilogy was a really fun set of books to kick off February. In all, I’m happy to finally have this trilogy under my Read Belt.

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟💫

Did you read To All the Boys before or after the movie was released? How did the movie help shape your opinion? Share your thoughts below!

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Brittany Andrade View All →

lover of literature. librarian in training.

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