P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

ps i still love youTitle: P.S. I Still Love You
(To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2)
Author: Jenny Han
Publication: May 26th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Page count: 337 (Paperback)
Genre: YA Contemporary
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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 Times bestseller 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.

Albeit skeptical because of the appearance of another love triangle, I still had high hopes for P.S. I Still Love You. As soon as I started reading it though, my heart literally plummeted to the ground. I’m just going to be straight to the point: while there were redeeming qualities, there were also other aspects that I didn’t find enjoyable.

First of all, the writing. In my review of the first book, I remember saying that To All the Boys changed my mind about Jenny Han’s writing. But P.S. I Still Love you made me return to my original thought — the writing really isn’t anything special. Yes, it’s easy to understand but that doesn’t mean it stands out from other contemporary I’ve read nor does it enhance the story in any areas.

Secondly, the romance is so full of drama and it basically takes over the entire book. I do not know how the sweet fluffy relationship turns into this bundle of angst and jealousy but I certainly didn’t like it. When you subtract the romance department out of this book, the plot literally heads no where. There’s potential in Lara Jean’s relationship with her family — an aspect that I found heartwarming in the first installment — yet sadly the development I was hoping for isn’t present in this book. Instead, it gets overshadowed by the love triangle much to my dismay.

In addition, this book suffers from a pacing problem which is worse than the first book. It takes around 100 pages until all the things mentioned in the synopsis finally happen but I felt that the ending was too abrupt and the love triangle was rushed.

I did enjoy some parts of the book though. I liked Peter’s relationship with Kitty and how much the sisters want their dad to be happy. John’s character is pretty well-written and I liked how mature and caring he is towards people. Lara Jean’s internship at the nursing home and her interactions with elderly people there warmed my heart. On top of that, I get satisfaction from knowing that the guy I was rooting for eventually wins! *wiggle eyebrow* No matter how repetitive love triangles are, it always feels amazing when your ship get together in the end <3

Overall, P.S. I Still Love You was a quick read which has its own flaws and some brief enjoyable moments. Although I may sound like I hate this book in my review, it was still a decent read nonetheless. I think To All the Boys is much better, whether in romance or in other areas. But if I were to compare P.S. I Still Love You with Jenny Han’s Burn for Burn series, I would still confidently say that I like the former better.

3-stars

9 comments

  1. Well, it sounds to me that you were little on the fence. But I agree with most of the stuff you said. I did like Jenny Han’s previous series, while her writing is not as special as the others; I still believe that her words are charming enough to lure readers in. It is what has happened to me with TATBILB, but sadly as you already know, this sequel didn’t completely deliver for me.
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    1. My worries came true. To All the Boys is indeed far more superior… I haven’t tried her Summer trilogy but I did read the first two books in Burn for Burn series and can’t say that I was impressed — they were honestly frustrating… Jenny Han’s books are either a hit or miss for me 🙁

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  2. It’s really a shame that the romance overshadowed so many other aspects of the book, especially ones that had such potential like the familial relationships. Aha, and yes, it is a great feeling when your Team wins 😉
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    1. I wish there was a little more emphasis on the familial relationship just like the first book — it turned out to be a pleasant surprise last time.

      I’m sure as hell gonna be happy when my ship sails because I often have this tendency to root for the losing guy hahaha xD

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  3. Oh no, I’m sorry to hear this didn’t live up to your expectations at first 🙁 I’ve always wanted to read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (I haven’t read that yet) because I love the plot. BUT I WILL SOMEDAY. Anyway, at least this book had potential, right? But the romance seems to be quite disappointing here 🙁 I’m a little doubtful and concerned about that.

    Will there be another book after this? Or does it just end here?
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    1. Yeah I do highly recommend the first book, Jillian! It’s so much better, but I’m not gonna stop you if you’re interested in picking up the sequel 🙂 Who knows if you’ll end up loving it? The romance was meh, but there are other positive aspects that might work for you.

      Nope, this series is a duology so the story ends here 🙂

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  4. Eh, it’s such a shame when a sequel to a good book turns out to be a disappointment. I hope To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before doesn’t end on a cliffhanger or anything like that, because I do still plan on reading it, but I’m not sure I’ll read the sequel now. :/

    I think simplistic writing can be pretty powerful when it’s done in the right context, but in this case, it doesn’t sound like anything special. And I’m already not really a fan of romance in YA to begin with, so the fact that it was full of drama and jealousy makes me want to claw my eyes out, haha. I’m not sure if I should be surprised that a romantic contemporary has no plot without the romance, too…

    But yay for your ship getting together! I know, there’s no better feeling than that tbh. At least that was one redeeming quality for this book! Glad you managed to enjoy it overall despite its flaws, Kezia! I think I’ll be sticking to the first book only, after all.
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    1. Yeah, I’m truly disappointed :/ But don’t worry though, even if To All the Boys kinda have a somewhat open ending you can still read it as a stand alone.

      You’re right. Light YA contemporary tends to have this kind of writing but what makes it shine is the characters or the rest of the book elements. In this case, Lara Jean don’t have much development to begin with… And even without romance, some YAs still have other subplots, for example the bond between family members or friends. But in this book both of them are lacking >< Omg, it's true! But the greatest joy is still the ending of HnR xD You have no idea how I reacted after I found out our ship -- which I even deemed a losing ship -- freaking sailed <3

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  5. I finished this book today, I really liked how Han handled the love triangle situation. It just seemed so realistic to me because there was a point in my life when I was conflicted over two different guys. It just worked, although I was a little sad for the one she didn’t choose. :'( He can be my book boyfriend. lol

    I also really liked the Gen situation. Again, very realistic. I couldn’t really argue with it because that really does happen.
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