November 26, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
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*Published May 2, 2017*
The last book in “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” series, I’m not totally sure I want to say about this book. I love Lara Jean, but this book seems to be a bit random. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a good about love and how to deal with love especially as you and the one you love may be going in different directions.
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?
Lara Jean and Peter K are in their senior year and they are starting to make the hard decisions in life, such as where they are going to go to college and how this will affect their relationship. Throughout the school year, Lara Jean does what it seems Lara Jean does best and ignore all her responsibilities that require her attention, such as choosing a college and getting ready for college. Instead of doing that, she tries to find out the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe and planning her father’s perfect (in her head) wedding.
Once she settles down and starts to realize that the college she had chosen is not the one. The one is actually a college that is out of state, but it’s the one she actually wants to go to. Once she makes the decision to go to the college out of state, she realizes that her decision will impact not only her family but her relationship with Peter as well. As Lara Jean and Peter work to figure out where to go with their relationship, they start to figure out that life is just going to get harder. But, with that, they realize that they are not others, they are themselves and that means they can figure out how to continue their relationship into college.
With this last book, I thought it was good. I don’t think it was necessarily needed for this series, but I do like that Jenny Han explored the idea of high school relationships continuing into college. It’s something that I think quite a few high schoolers have tried, and I know that it was something that I also tried with my high school boyfriend. It did not work for us, but that does not mean that keeping your high school relationship going in college is going to fail for you.
What did you guys think of this last book? Did you enjoy it? Did you think it was needed? Comment below and let me know!