[Review] Always and forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

I swear i was rather neutral before starting this Book. If all, then a bit more positive. I really disliked Ps i still love you (while loving the first Book in the Trilogy: To all the Boys i loved before), so i thought this Book can only be better. And i was so wrong.

Be warned: As this is the third Book in the Trilogy, this Review will spoil stuff from the first two Books.

This is what the Book is about:

And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

What did i expect from this Book? I expected for Lara Jean to grow up a bit, to have her and Peter on this Journey while deciding and then going to College. How they are working on staying to together while their Lifes drift apart after High School. But i was wrong, as the Plot concentrates more or less on the decision of which College to go to and everything before actually going to College. And Lara Jean certainly did not grow up.

There is nothing i liked about this Book, so i will just point out what made me dislike the Book so much that i couldnt wait to finish it.

1.The Lack of Conflict and Plot

  • For the first 25% of the Book, there was no interesting conflict for me, neither internal or external. Everything is just so fine and that equals boring to me. I dont need Characters to be in Conflict with each other or themselfs or circumstances all the Time, but something has to be there. And if everything is so great, why write a Book about it? I didnt felt like i really needed this Book, a Novella would have been just fine.
  • Till 50%, there was somehwat of a Conflict between Lara Jean and her Dads Wedding, but instead of being interesting, it more or less annoyed me. I wanted to shake Lara Jean. If there was any other conflict throught the Book, it mostly got solved just a few pages later. Not an ideal way to leep any Suspense.
  • And if someone was to ask me, what happens in the Book, i would have to shrug. There really doesnt happen much. It hasnt been long since i finished reading but i cant say how all those Pages were filled. Certainly not with true Actions. They braid Hair, bake, talk and do stuff?

2. Lara Jean

  • This Character made me roll my Eyes so much. I just wanted her to grow up! Her Expectations towards Peter are higher then the sky. She wants him to be a Perfect Boyfriend and i wanted to shake Lara Jean and tell her that Perfect is not in Real Lifes Vocabulary all the Time. She couldnt decide on which College to go, she acted so annoying, naive and immature about so many Things. It really wasnt fun to have her as the Protagonist again.

3. Lara Jean and Peter

  • I like Lara Jean and Peter together and i like Peter as individual character, dont get me wrong. But that Feeling quickly changed within this Book. Because a) Peter stopped being a individual Character and turned into a Puppy, who would do what Lara Jean said, like kiss a Teddy Bear. And b) they were simply too cute, so that it turned cringy. They are braiding Hair, Eating cake, Talking, singing and randomly staging Scenes from Romance Movies, like Sleepless in Seattle and 16 Candles. Did i miss something or Forget that was already a Thing in the Trilogy before? No? That was way too cringy for me. And again, a cute couple makes a boring couple, when theres no true Conflict or Consequences, what brings me to my next Point.

4. Third Book in a Trilogy or not?

  • I could not really tell. Most of the Time, i would have to remind myself of what happened in the first and second Book of a Trilogy before starting the last Book. But that wasnt the case here. It felt like the second Book didnt even exist. John was barely in this Book and in General, there were no Consequences, no Talk, nothing about all that happened in the second Book.

5. The Lack of Family Dynamic

  • One Thing I had loved About To all the Boys ive loved before was the Family Dynamic. But that either was missing or just completely off in this Book. I know Kitty is probably in her Puberty, but that Girl Needs some Boundaries, some Rules and Consequences. You cant just Sneak on Partys you are not wanted at because you are too Young. So Kitty annoyed me too instead of entertaining me. Same goes for the Relationsship between Lara Jean and Margot. There were some Good Aspects About Margot coming home when everything has changed, but i mostly remember Margot as kind of grumpy? And thats certainly not how i liked her in the Books before.

Conclusion

I disliked this Book mostly because it felt boring while reading and because Lara Jean annoyed me too many Times. Im glad i finished the Trilogy though and how much i disliked the second and third Book wont Change my Feelings and Love for To all the Boys ive loved before. I just dont think a Trilogy was needed out of this Story and Characters.

 

 


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