Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Book Review: Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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BOOK review
Started on: 17 May 2017
Finished on: 4 June 2017

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Title : Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author : Jenny Han
Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books
Pages :  336 pages / 320 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication : 2017
Price : Rp 155,000 (www.periplus.com)

Rating: 4/5
*for those who haven't read the first and / or the second book, this review may contain spoiler.
Review for To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han here.
Review for P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han here.
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"Is it how it goes? You fall in love, and nothing seems truly scary anymore, and life is one big possibility?"
Lara Jean is having the best days of her life as a senior and everything seems to be perfect. She's happily in a relationship with her boyfriend, Peter Kavinsky; and her father is getting remarried with their neighbor, Ms. Rothschild. Lara Jean is excited about a lot of things: planning her father's wedding and Margot coming home for the summer with her new boyfriend. However, as her high school days is coming to an end very soon, Lara Jean realized that she has big decisions to make—especially when things doesn't go as she originally planned.

Lara Jean and Peter both planned to go to UVA together for college. Peter got in with his lacrosse scholarship but things aren't as smooth for Lara Jean despite her amazing grades. Lara Jean is faced with life-changing options in front of her. Will Lara Jean sacrifice her dream of entering the college that she really wants? Or will she finally made the decision that will make things difficult for her relationship with Peter?
"What if I came here and I ended up loving it? What if, after a year, I didn't want to leave? What then? But wouldn't it be great if I loved it? Isn't that the whole point? Why bet on not loving a place? Why not take a chance and bet on happiness?"
image source: here. edited by me.
I honestly didn't expect a third book in this series, because I thought it was just a duology. Anyway, it was a pleasant surprise because I get to read more Peter Kavinsky whom I always love and adore!♥ Looking back at my reviews for the previous two books, I have to say my opinion stayed the same about this series: the plot itself is quite cliché and not the most exciting, but Jenny Han's writing is what makes it so enjoyable to read. For the first time in quite a while, I was so immersed in reading a book and could not wait until I have some spare time to pick it up again. Besides that, I guess I'm just happy to be back in this series and see the adorable characters again after so long.

The main conflict in this book revolves around Lara Jean's transition from high school to college. And I'm really happy with how it ended. I think it inspires our young adult readers to be able to decide their future for themselves—not just for the sake of other people. The ending itself is pretty vague, but somehow I really like the idea that the readers can go wild with their imaginations; picturing Lara Jean and Peter in college, not knowing whether their relationship will last forever or not. There's beauty in uncertainty, I think.
"But then I see the way he is looking at me, with such tenderness, and I stop. I don't feel like laughing anymore. I feel like crying. Look at the way he made my dad's bachelor party so special. Look at all the ways he loves me so well. I have to love him back just as much."
Since this is the last book in the series, I guess it's finally time for me to say goodbye to one of my favorite book-boyfriends: Peter Kavinsky. So many moments in this book that reminds me of how sweet and adorable Peter is. The way he treats Lara Jean's dad, his love for Kitty (Lara Jean's younger sister), his romantic gestures, and just the way he loves Lara Jean. You will definitely be missed Peter Kavinsky ♥♥

Aside from him, the character that makes me swoon is Kitty! I always like her since the first book because she's so snarky on the outside but when she wrote that letter to Lara Jean, my heart just melted! She's so adorable ♥♥. I wish there was more character development for her in this book.

In the end, this book will be perfect for those who are looking for a light and easy read. Jenny Han's writing is just so easy to read and I was totally immersed in the story. However, make sure you read the first two book before jumping into this one so you won't miss anything :) Thank you Jenny Han for introducing me to the Song sisters and Peter Kavinsky. I finally had the motivation to start writing a book review again after so long; thanks to this book too, I guess ;) Looking forward to reading more Jenny Han books in the future! :))
"Things are ending, but they are beginning, too."
 
by.stefaniesugia♥ .
 

4 comments:

  1. Great Review Stefanie! I love Peter too and love how this book turned out. I love how the third book full of adorable moment between Peter and Lara Jean.

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    1. Yup, agreed! So many adorable moments XD <3

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  2. HEYY YOU'RE BACK!! I'm looking forward to read this book soon since I'm not that satisfied with book 2's ending, hope it's worth it!

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    1. Yes I'm back, finally! XD I think it's a pretty decent ending to the trilogy :D

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