P. S. I Still Love You: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

*P. S. I Still Love You is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. As such there are major spoilers for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this review.*

“You only know you can do something if you keep on doing it.”

psistillloveLara Jean didn’t know what to expect when all of her love letter’s were mailed. She knew she was upset and panicked. What she didn’t know was that the letter she wrote Peter K in eighth grade would lead to a fake relationship. She never would have guessed that it would lead to something more.

Lara Jean knows she loves Peter now. For real, not as part of their pretend dating. But she still doesn’t want to get her heart broken. She’s still afraid of getting hurt.

When another love letter makes its way back to her, Lara Jean is confronted with feelings from a crush she never quite forgot. Lara Jean might have feelings for two boys. But she can only be with one in P. S. I Still Love You (2015) by Jenny Han.

Find it on Bookshop.

P. S. I Still Love You is the sequel to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and picks up shortly after the first book’s conclusion.

It’s hard to give this book a “real” review because there are a lot of spoilers–even with the summary because a lot of the driving plot mentioned above doesn’t come until after the first hundred pages.

P. S. I Still Love You was one of my most anticipated 2015 releases. While To All the Boys I Loved Before is a solid novel and functions perfectly as a standalone, I loved Lara Jean enough to want to read more. I also had a sneaking suspicion this book would have more John Ambrose McClaren* which I definitely needed in my life. (Not going to lie, he is my favorite character.)

This book does not disappoint. Although a lot of the plot focuses on Lara Jean’s romantic life, this story has a lot more going on. Lara Jean is still trying to be a good sister and live up to the standard set by Margot. She’s still taking care of Kitty and their father. She has to face cyber-bullying and changing friendships. Thanks to Peter (and her letters getting sent) Lara Jean has also come out of her shell and is trying new things.

It is particularly poignant to watch Lara Jean learn that the bonds that tie people together don’t always last forever and, more importantly, that sometimes that is the best thing for everyone. This story is imbued with a sense of nostalgia for the past as Lara Jean looks back on moments from her childhood but also immense optimism in terms of facing the unknown as she wonders what might come next.

Although Lara Jean doesn’t always make the decisions I would make in her position, she is such a well-written character that it doesn’t matter. Everything Lara Jean does and chooses makes perfect sense for her character in the moment so that the overall ending is deeply satisfying and absolutely perfect given the arc of both books.

P. S. I Still Love You is a must-read for fans of Jenny Han and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Also highly recommended for readers who enjoy slice-of-life novels with fun families, light (happy) romances, and especially for readers looking for a book that encapsulates nostalgia and optimism like no other.

*Follow me to my Exclusive Bonus Content if you want to talk more about John Ambrose McClaren (with some spoilers)!

Possible Pairings: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira, The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhatena, A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody, Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo, Nothing But the Truth (And a Few White Lies) by Justina Chen, Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar, Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein, The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder, The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart, When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes, Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins, This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Exclusive Bonus Content: I loved John Ambrose McClaren just from the snippets we got about him in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Sometimes with a secondary character you can tell, by how they are written, that they are loved by the author and have a bigger story of their own. That was definitely the case with John and I was absolutely thrilled to find he played a bigger role in the novel.

While the romance aspect of P. S. I Still Love You didn’t go exactly how I had wanted (Team JAM in case I wasn’t clear) it still totally made sense for Lara Jean. I also feel pretty strongly that she and JAM will find their way back to each other, but I’m okay with having to imagine that part on my own–that’s the nice thing about open-ended conclusions to a favorite book.

So obviously I had strong feelings about these characters. Because of that, I made some buttons for any fans who want to declare their allegiance. You can see them all in my Buttons inspired by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before & P. S. I Still Love You post. Also you can tell from my blog’s sidebar which teams I have chosen.

July (2015) Reading Tracker

You can also see what I read and received in June.

Books Read:

  1. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
  2. Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
  3. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  4. The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
  5. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
  6. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
  7. A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
  8. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
  9. A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher
  10. Tonight the Streets are Ours by Leila Sales
  11. Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  12. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Books On Deck:

  1. Lion Heart by A. C. Gaughen
  2. Nameless by Lili St. Crow
  3. The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle
  4. The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
  5. Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
  6. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
  7. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
  8. Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
  9. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  10. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  11. A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin

Books Bought:

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab (at a signing and it has the red endpapers!)
  2. Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendsen (like I keep saying, I need a sequel. I’m doing my part buying a copy and recommending it. Are you doing your part?)

Gifted/Traded Books:

  1. Alias Hook
  2. The Demon King (both from Krystal. Thank you!)
  3. The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer (thank you Kelly!)

Arcs Received:

  1. Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
  2. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brackenbrough

If you want to see how I’m doing with BEA 2015 books check here.

July 1: Two books and only one day into July?! I’ll take it!

July 6: Squeezing in two books that weren’t originally on deck (Red Rising and The Eleventh Plague).

July 9: Went off list again to discover Trial by Fire is not my bag and to read The Paper Magician which is delightful so far (thank you again to Krystal for sending it my way!).

July 13: The Paper Magician was delightful! Just barely started A Curse as Dark and Gold.

July 21. Haven’t been doing too well with keeping on top of books I need to read. Oops. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is delightful so far.

July 24: I haven’t really been adhering to my “books on deck” queue at all this month. I’ll just have to try harder in August.

July 28: Starting Just Ella which is a book I “need” to read even if it wasn’t on this month’s list. I also have made the decision to not read Lion Heart. It’s a total waste of money because I bought that book and the first in the series (not to mention already having book 2). But I felt completely betrayed by the second book and I just can’t do it.