Title: P.S. I Still Love You (2015)
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 337 pages
Review: P.S. I Still Love You picks up right at the ending of To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before. When we left off Lara Jean previously, she’s writing a love letter for Peter Kavinsky, hoping to win him back—something that’s not as simple as she originally thought it would be.
I’m not as in love with this book as I was with the previous one. Plot-wise, it’s certainly moving forward; we’re no longer dealing with the same issues as we were before, but character-wise, I think it left much to be desired. Lara Jean is still adorable for the most part, but her indecisiveness kills my love for her just a little bit.
“Margot, I think I could be a person who is in love with more than one person at a time.” I might even be a girl that falls in love twelve hundred times. I get a sudden picture in my head of myself as a bee, sipping nectar from a daisy to a rose to a lily. Each boy sweet in his own way.
“You?” She stops putting her hair in a ponytail and taps her finger to the screen. “Lara Jean, I think you half-fall in love with every person you meet. It’s part of your charm. You’re in love with love.”
Not really the best role model for teenage readers out there. Falling in love with everyone you meet is typically a sign of low self-esteem, and you should probably be just by yourself for a little bit and figure out who you are and what you actually want, separate from your romantic relationships.
I also liked Peter a lot more in the first book, and I was really disappointed by how much he ‘shielded’ Genevieve from Lara Jean. I understand that they’re friends and he doesn’t want to tell Lara Jean secrets that are Gen’s to tell, but his behaviour would not be acceptable to me. Your girlfriend should take priority over your ex-girlfriend, especially when you’re aware how much your ex-girlfriend has been hurting your girlfriend. Period.
Secondly, what Peter and Gen have is a co-dependent relationship, which is really quite far from being a healthy relationship. He also didn’t have to tell Lara Jean everything—but at least say something. Would it be so bad for him to tell Lara Jean every time he goes off to comfort Gen? At least it would save Lara Jean from some anxiety and embarrassment.
Despite all that, there are some really touching moments in this book. I still love the focus on familial relationships, and I like Lara Jean’s dad and how he was so ready to be his daughter’s support no matter the case. More parents in YA fiction should be sidekicks instead of supposed villains, in my opinion. Many of the characters from the previous book make an appearance here, some more important than others, and there’s another delicious, emotional love triangle.
While P.S. I Still Love You isn’t a great model for healthy relationships, it’s an easy book to get into, and there’s rarely a dull moment. Fans of Jenny Han and especially readers of To All The Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before will most likely enjoy this, if only to know what happens next to Lara Jean and Peter.