Im usually sceptical when it comes to follow up Books, because what if you dont like the second Book as much as the first? I thought it could be, that i wont like this Book as much as the first Book, but i never thought I would be SO disapointed with it.
The Book was published with 337 pages and this is what its about:
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. (Source: simonandschuster.com)
Warning: This Review contains Spoilers from To all the Boys i loved before, the first Book in the Trilogy about Lara Jean.
Where do i begin? How much did i sigh while reading this Book? Rolled my Eyes? Because the Characters get so annoying or just non existent, it is unbelievable. If you wanted to read more about and with Josh after the first Book, you dont need to start this one, because he is barely in it. If you wanted to read how Lara Jean and Peter develop their own characters and their relationsship, this is not a Book for you, because there is childish Drama instead. If you were Looking for John Ambrose as a perfect Angel, there you go. This Character has no flaws, nothing interesting about him, he is just there to be Perfect in every way. Looks, Character, Words, Presents…. this is a whole new Level of real life fan fiction. Lara Jean focused on Gen in the first Book of the Series and i thought, thats it then. Yes, it is realistic, that Lara Jean is insecure and that she never had a Boyfriend before, so she also has never dealt with an Ex Girlfriend. But this was no Focus, that was more like an Obsession. While reading the Book, it felt to me like every single thought was about Gen. Comparing herself and her relationsship to Gen, thinking about her when Peter is cute to her and so many assumptions about her or Peters feelings.
My first Thought when thinking about this review was: „What Plot?“ This explains it very much. Yes, stuff happens. People sit and talk a lot and People meet. But thats pretty much it. The Length does nowhere near represent how much activity this Book has. I felt very bored through the pages and like nothing was happening. The Characters didnt develop, the relationsships didnt evolve. I feel like a huge (too huge for my taste) Time was spend on the Retirement Home Lara Jean works at. In Book one, when it was only mentioned, i was thinking: „Maybe this can be actually happen in Book two, that would be cool.“ I was so wrong. Stormy is the archetype „Cool Grandma“ and i dont know what else her Point is besides being a mother Figure to Lara Jean, or worse, a wing-woman. I cant count how many Times i rolled my Eyes reading this Book. Either the Characters dont act at all and when they do act, they just behave stupidly. Peter and Lara Jeans throw both their inidvidual character developments out of the window. It was very frustrating and towards the end, there is a try to do an active Plot: With the Game of assasins, that i didnt know of and dont want to know either. It is a Childrens game and they act like they are in James Bond. Or more so, Lara Jean does. The actual ending was then completely rushed and made no sense for the Characters.
There is nothing bad i can say about the writing in this Book. But nothing amazing either. It was good and what saved the Book for me were some characters like Kitty, Margot and Mrs. Rotschild and how some Topics and Developments of the first Book are not forgotten, but evaluated. Like what happens in the Movies, after the Girl and Boy get together.
This Book was easily one of the most disappointing Books of 2018 for me and it felt like a filler to get to Book three. I will finish the Trilogy and i can only hope, the last Book will be better than this one (which is not too hard). But i wont read it right away.
„I think I hear his heart beating. His is beating and mine feels like its breaking.“ (p. 261)