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.
Initial Thoughts/Reactions by Sophie
Love. He said “love.” I feel dizzy. I am a girl who is loved, by a boy, and not just her sisters and father and dog, A boy with beautiful eyebrows and a sleight of hand.
“I’ve been going crazy without you.”
I was excited to read this sequel because it would further expand the relationships and life of Lara Jean. It was nice how people from her past come back and we get to see the bond Lara Jean has for them.
I was a bit horrified while reading this book that it mentioned sex a couple of times. Not because I’m a prude but I had recommended this book to the teen book club. There was a bit of cursing but there was not anything hot and heavy going on so I’m relieved. It might be a bit awkward after we all read this book because usually the librarian reads the book with us and we discuss topics and plot.
Main/Secondary Character Thoughts
And then John Ambrose McClaren says one last thing, a thing that makes my heart swell. “I don’t think it was our time then. I guess it isn’t now, either.” John looks over at me, his gaze steady. “But one day maybe it will be.”
John was a perfect cookie cutter guy. He came on an imaginary white horse. Almost too perfect for a book whose plot was quite realistic. He did play a big part in this book and I liked how his story was hinted at in the first book.
Peter was the guy I had hoped Lara Jean ended up with. I think I’m similar to Lara Jean in the sense that I can get attached to people just because I met them first. Though I was vying for Peter and Lara Jean, their relationship didn’t seem healthy for each other. Peter became rather difficult to relate to and his appearances showed up rather randomly and unappreciated. (which made me sad). He had a better “you-can-count-on-me” attitude and multiple dimensioned personality in the first book.
Kitty became more confident and likable in this book. I liked how she took responsibility and how she paid attention to scenes and events. She was less annoying and less spoiled. I guess that is how it is when you grow older. So, this book showed this very well.
A scene I liked/disliked
Genevieve and Lara Jean confronted each other in the bathroom holding secrets and drama unfolding. I was happy they confronted each other and had hoped they would make up or at least reach a truce.
Though Genevieve’s secret came out of nowhere with no clues leading up to it. It was nice to see Lara Jean adjust her “holiness out-thou” attitude. Of course, it is difficult to reach out to an old friend when you realize both of you are quite different. It was very realistic to see how hard it was to talk to each other that way.
The scene reminded me of “The Duff” when the protagonist in that book also met face to face with her “enemy” in the bathroom. I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing.
Questions I have/Final Thoughts
Josh’s relationship with the Covey family was out of place in this book because I expected more scenes and interactions between all of them. I know Josh and Margo are not dating anymore and Lara Jean doesn’t have feelings for him anymore but for a guy who lived next to them for so many years, Josh was no where to be seen expect 2-3 scenes. These scenes had little to no emotion and it was hard for me too think Josh just slowly vanished from Lara Jean’s life and even Kitty’s life.
There is a lot of food in the this. It’s amazing they bake and eat this much. Haha. But it was nice to see a book delve into the world of book characters eating. This element added a cute charm to the book.
Rating or Recommendation
Of course, I would recommend to read this book after reading the first book. It just make sense to read a continuation of characters who you have read about and devoted time to.
I rate this a
3.5 4 out of 5. [A sequel, thus if I shelve the first book, this would be an option to shelve this one but I can live without this one being shelved, nice interesting read for continuation] I don’t know what I expected with this book. I was excited about the aspect of developing the relationships Lara Jean had but I guess it is very difficult to juggle so many new elements to a sequel. It would be a 4 out of 5 because the story was still interesting and nice but it was rather a let down from the first book.
Maybe I still wanted the adrenaline of the “pretending”. But of course, life cannot survive with just “pretending” and passion for the moment things. So, this sequel grounds you to the life and relationships of “what happen after that?”.