To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#3 Always and Forever, Lara Jean)

Book Details.pngSynopsis:

Lara Jean is having the best senior year. 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?

My review:

Rating: 3.5 stars

This is admittedly my least favorite book in this trilogy, albeit being the most realistic one.

I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in 2015, not long after it came out. I loved it, because I was at a time in my life where I loved most fluffy contemporaries (not being in this time anymore is the sole reason I refuse to read books 1 & 2 over again, because if reading this was any indication, I no longer appreciate fluffy nearly as much). I read the second book almost immediately after it was published, and although I don’t really remember it all that much anymore, I’m pretty sure that I liked it even better than the first installment. So hey, this was really my series.

I tried to read this one about a month after it was released last year, but it felt very off and bland to me. I kept it in the, “I’m telling myself that I’ll get back around to this when I have time even though I know that if I actually do have the time, I’ll talk myself out of picking it back up because it bored me when I tried the first time” pile. That was a little more than a year ago. In all honesty, I decided to finally pick this back up and push through it because I found out that Netflix was coming out with a movie for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (I’m still really curious why they went the movie route when they could’ve done a series and gotten at least three seasons out of it but whatevs) and I realized that I had to get my shit together and finish this series. So now here we are.

After pushing through beyond my stopping point before, I decided that this wasn’t so bad and boring. It was just a lot different than the first two books before it had been, and though this did make it feel more relatable, it took me off guard. I will definitely say that the plot line for this book was a really good one to end the series on. I’m not left feeling like I need more or have unanswered questions, and I feel like I’ve gotten proper closure from the series. It is a good story.

However, I will forever stand by my dislike for the younger two Song girls. Lara Jean has a very childish personality that continues to shine through even as she’s about to go to college. She has a very cutesy relationship with Peter and I think that for the most part, the relationship is all and well, but Lara Jean pulls a ridiculously mean move at this end of this story (though her reasoning was very sound. I’m only angry with her because of how she did it). It has driven me crazy throughout all three books the way that the entire set of characters treats Kitty. I’m like 110% sure that she’s the only one that realizes that she’s not 5 years old (even though she definitely takes advantage of their treatment towards her when she needs to). For some reason, even people outside of the Covey family continue to go along with acting like Kitty is practically a toddler and I will never understand it.

Overall, I think that if I were to have reread the first two books before ending with this one, it may have been my favorite, but since I refuse to do so, it’s my least favorite. But that’s not really saying much, because it’s not a bad book, like at all. It’s fairly quick and mostly sweet and incredibly too fluffy, but hey, its YA contemporary, and that happens more often than not. I think that this is just the kind of book that you’ll like if you’re into those kind of stories, and won’t if you aren’t.

4 thoughts on “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (#3 Always and Forever, Lara Jean)

  1. I actually just watched the Netflix movie yesterday, and though I loved watched a cute “fluff” movie as a nice break from life, I’d have to agree that as a book it might be too fluffy. I know I would have loved it 10 years ago though.

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    1. I thought the movie was pretty cute! I think as a condensed version of the book, the fluff in the movie works a little better than all of the fluff in the books.


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