Title: 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
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.