Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han- Book talk

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“Nothing good happens after two a.m. Unless you happen to be a fan of watching people play flip cup for hours on end. Not me. No, I’d much prefer to be in my flannel pajamas with a cup of Night-Night tea and a book, thank you very much.”

-Lara Jean Convey Song in Always and Forever Lara Jean

It’s not new news that i am IN LOVE with Jenny Han’s “To all the boys i’ve loved before” trilogy. So this past school break when my family and i went to Sri Lanka for tonne of family weddings i of course HAD to read Jenny Han’s newest book “Always and Forever Lara Jean” (despite the fact that there wasn’t much time to read) which i ADORED OBVIOUSLY. Along with the others, this book is a quick read and you can easily finish it in one day (making it a perfect summer read). I will say that the order in which i like the books is in the order that they came out because i just REALLY REALLY enjoyed the first time i fell in love the story and the characters *ehm* Peter Kavinsky. So, if you haven’t read this trilogy yet i suggest you purchase or borrow all three of them and cozy up and read them because you are seriously missing out, and then come back to discuss.


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?


*SPOILERS*

There is SOO much that i want to say but i’m going to cut it down because then i’d be writing forever, so i’m going to start with how much i ADORED Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship as a whole. It’s so rare to see couples in this stage of their relationship in contemporary books and we are always left with wanting more, so i’m glad i got to see the growth of  their relationship of the course of the three books. I adored the part when Peter thew her a surprise birthday party by enacting her favourite scene from ‘Sixteen Candles’ and when he woke her up in New York so they could watch the sunset together and how supportive and loving he is AND how well he gets along with her family especially Kitty (it makes my heart so happy to read those scenes) Peter is the ULTIMATE PERFECT boyfriend.

“I like the way he looks at me, like I am a wood nymph that he happened upon one day and just had to take home to keep”.

-Lara Jean Covey Song in Always and Forever Lara Jean

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetFrom the very beginning i knew she was never going to get into UVA because of how much she wanted to go there, of course there was going to be a complication. But then she got into UNC and i was so proud of her and i was glad she wasn’t going to William and Mary anymore because going there was just going to be a waste of a year because it was just going to be ‘temporary’. When Chris was like “let’s go visit the campus right now” and Lara Jean agreed i was so happy that she was going and she was going with Chris whom we didn’t see enough of until this scene.

Once again i really enjoyed the family dynamic and the newest addition to the family, Trina. She was just amazing and the kind of mum that Kitty needed in her life especially since Lara Jean and Margo would no longer be at home for her. My favourite aspect of the book and basically all the entire trilogy are the very real family moments they have, simple things like Trina calling margo out on leaving her hair in the drain, and Margo’s boyfriend not being allowed to stay in her room and Margo feeling uncomfortable with Trina around all the time in her childhood home. It’s the little things like those that made me fall in love with this book. Kitty as always was the cutest and the sassiest and her sarcastic remarks were my favourite thing to read. Lara Jean’s love for planning the wedding kind of reminded me of myself and of how much i love to design and decorate parties and events and anything really. I loved reading Lara Jean trying to find the ‘perfect choc-chip cookie recipe’  those scenes were so cute, especially the one with Kitty and Peter waiting impatiently to eat the cookies

“I could never be with someone who didn’t understand how important my family is to me”.

-Lara Jean Covey Song in Always and Forever Lara Jean

I rate this book and trilogy a 5/5 because it was just that good!


Taraana
xx

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