Book Reviews

Matters of the Heart: Thoughts on P.S. I Still Love You

ps i still love you
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P.S. I Still Love You (2015)

By Jenny Han

Warning: There are spoilers. 

I was really excited for the released of Jenny Han’s sequel To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You. In fact, once I got the book, I read it all in one day, and I must say it was quite charming.

Lara Jean Song Covey has strong feelings for Peter Kavinsky , but is it enough to keep them together when Genevieve always gets in the way? Also, there is another boy entering Lara Jean’s love life, a boy from her past, John Ambrose McClaren, and he seems to be lighting a fire around Lara Jean. In P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean must choose between confident, go-with-the-flow, and athletic Peter Kavinsky or the intelligent, shy, and overall nice guy, John Ambrose McClaren.

I like a good high school romance, and this series does it for me. I praise Jenny Han’s characterization. The way the main characters are portrayed, they are all heartfelt romantics, which I liked. My heart wavered along with Lara Jean when she had to pick between the two guys. They were both so equally matched.

However, I was hoping that Jenny Han would provide a better aftermath between Margot and Josh. I felt like their storyline was cast aside even though it brought more focus on Lara Jean, Peter, and John’s love triangle. Yet other minor characters like Chris and Ms. Rothschild played more important roles in the second book as oppose to the first.

Furthermore, I enjoyed how Jenny Han uses certain elements from the pervious book. For instance, the concept of letter writing is used when she confesses her feelings for Peter as well as her form of communication when first talking to John again. Also, she continued to describe various food dishes (which really got me hungry) and continued to teach her readers about Korean culture. One of my favorite moments in the book was when Jenny Han defined the Korean aesthetic term, jung. It is interesting and clever how she connected a Korean term to the storyline.

There’s a Korean word my grandma taught me. It’s called jung. It’s the connection between two people that can’t be severed, even when love turns to hate. You still have those old feelings for t hem; you can’t completely shake them loose of you; you will always have tenderness in you heart for them.

Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You

In P.S. I Still Love You, Jenny Han touches upon some important and serious themes and topics. Through the characterization of Stormy, she discusses how a woman has ownership of her own body.

Your body is yours to protect and to enjoy. Whoever you should choose to partake in that enjoyment, that is your choice, and choose wisely. Every man that ever got to touch me was afforded an honor. a privilege.

Jenny Han, P.S. I Still Love You

Also, throughout the two books, Jenny Han mentions a variety of games, such as Assassins and the cake-walk; in which she seems to connect games with love. When it comes to love, you have to play the game. Go all in and gamble in order to be with the person you love.

The ending was cute and adorable. Did it satisfied me? Not really, I didn’t want this book to end. Jenny Han said that this series will only consists of two books, but I wish she would reconsider that. There is so much potential for a third book. I really want a better outcome in terms of Margot and Josh’s relationship.  I felt that there is a possibility that John may swoop Lara Jean off her feet, and Gen could have her way and manipulate Peter again. Also, I wonder if Lara Jean’s dad will ever get married again. There is so much possibility that I am really wishing for a third book. If you think about it, these books only follows Lara Jean’s junior year of high school, imagine what Jenny Han can do with her senior year.

(On a side note, there were some formatting errors that needed to be checked.)

4.5/5

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