Here I’ll be recommending a book that I stumbled upon. This book could be a grudging member of my Book Case, or a red carpet VIP. The honest review I give out and the latest ‘pineapple’ rating addition give you your space to make the decision of the big question: To Read or Not To Read. Don’t worry, I will never be giving out the plot line so the former option will always be open.
Feature of the month: Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
I’ve read the whole series and maybe I’ll review the others too one day. But this is the one I have read recently.
This book is just as YA as its prequels, and I love it for that. To portray the though and decision processes of a teenager is pretty hard, but Han does it wonderfully. She really takes us on the highs and lows of Lara Jean’s life and her character is also very real and very relatable. The book is full of quirks, oddities, irrational decisions, love, making memories, loss, college applications and all the cocktail parts that make up a teenager’s life. I hate to admit this, but I promised myself that whatever I write on this blog will be honest so I must say this – I actually cried (in my defence though, it was just a little) when I finished the book because it brought back memories of my high school and I really replayed all the highlights and the not so great moments. Though I never appreciated it while I was in high school, looking back at it, I do really miss it a lot and would trade it in a heartbeat for the mess that university is right now.
It’s a light read which is heavily based on the previous books, so its pretty important for you to read them and know the context before you try and understand this. Youll lose a lot of information if you don’t know the kind of background that Lara Jean and the other characters come from. But if you’ve read the previous books, this is such a nice, rounded and actually finished ending to the series. Of course if Han wanted she could pick up the ending threads this minute and weave another one of these stories on Lara Jean’s college life, but for now it seems that this is where she is taking her break.
Anyhow, the story is a light read, and will 10/10 remind you of the time you were in high school. Its nostalgic and heart warming and completely lovable for suckers for romance like me!
Rating: 🍍🍍🍍.5 / 5