Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on May 2nd, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Own Voices, Diversity
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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?
Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky, why are you so adorable? I loved this conclusion to their story, as they farewell high school and start a new chapter of their lives.
This book just felt so nostalgic, perfectly capturing the excitement and nervousness that comes with finishing high school and the future possibilities of college and the beyond. From spending those last few moments with your family and classmates, to finding out that plans change and appreciating the opportunities that have been given to you, Always and Forever captured an authentic high school experience.
From a young girl crushing on guys around her, to learning where she fits in among her family and peers, Lara Jean has grown so much throughout her journey. While I found she was quite young and naive in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, here she’s older and is comfortable with who she is. Unlike her other two siblings, Lara Jean clings onto the past and finds it difficult to embrace change, but I loved how her family and her friends influenced her to embrace the college experience.
The puppy love between her and Peter is adorable, although I found it funny how Lara Jean referred to him as teenage boy at some points. She a teenager herself but she feels like an old soul. It’s refreshing to have a romance that is as sweet and innocent as theirs. I liked that they still had problems in their relationship to work through, like any couple it can’t always be rainbows and butterflies.
I also loved seeing her father remarry and end up someone he’s happy with. It was sweet how important the opinion and thoughts of his daughters were in his life, and seeing them work through the conflicting feelings of so many changes at home and at school.
I guess that’s part of growing up, too–saying goodbye to the things you used to love.
Capturing the excitement upon finishing high school, college acceptances and saying goodbye, Always and Forever Lara Jean was such a beautiful conclusion to the series. I will miss the Song girls and Lara Jean and Peter, but I’m happy to say that I’m completely satisfied with the end of the series.
Rating: 5 out of 5