“P.S. I Still Love You” (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #2) by Jenny Han (2015)
Genre: YA, Romance, Fiction, Contemporary
Page Length: 352 pages (hardcover edition)
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. (description from Goodreads)
P.S. I Still Love You is a charming sequel to its original predecessor, To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved. Laura Jean is faced with the issue of what it means to truly be in a relationship, which is not as easy as it looks. She also encounters a love that returns from the past. Will she choose to be with Peter, the outgoing boyfriend, or John, the blast from the past?
Laura Jean still has her naiveté, but seems a lot more mature than in the previous novel. Being in a relationship has kind of opened her eyes to what real love is. She’s not sure how to handle her relationship with Peter and keep things going strong, but she tries to figure things out one day at a time. Nobody knows for sure how love exactly works, but that’s what makes Laura Jean so human and relatable. She doesn’t have all of the answers and that’s okay.
One of the elements that I continue enjoy about these books is the strong emphasis on family/sisterhood even though the story is surrounded by a contemporary romance theme. No matter what happens to the Song sisters they always manage to stick together and have each other’s back. They listen to each other’s problems, help them find solutions, and they have such a strong bond with their dad.
This sequel was very satisfying and closes up Laura Jean’s story nicely. She grows up as she learns that being stuck in the past can hold you back from the present and future opportunities. If Jenny Han were to write more of these novels I’d like to see the perspectives of the other two Song sisters (Margot and Kitty) and their lives.