- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 9
- Lexile Measure: HL700L (What's this?)
- Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 2, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481430483
- ISBN-13: 978-1534402850
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
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Always and Forever, Lara Jean (3) (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A bittersweet conclusion to the charming YA romance series. Lara Jean Song Covey embarks on her senior year with lots to look forward to—her widower father's wedding, a trip to New York City, graduation, and college with her adorable boyfriend Peter Kavinsky. But when her plans for the future start to unravel, the middle Song sister (who has never been good with change) questions what her heart truly wants. Featuring the same endearing sister relationships, mouthwatering descriptions of Lara Jean's cooking, and timeless coming-of-age conflicts, this final volume in the series will continue to delight Han's fans. Though the protagonist has grown over the three books, she is still the thoughtful, crafty, dreamy girl next door with whom readers first fell in love. Just as the characters have grown up, so have the series's themes—the couple discuss the practicalities of their "first time," and Lara Jean gets her first hangover. The beginning of the novel is mostly conflict-less, while the second half is filled with big life choices, breakups and makeups, and lots more. However, the pace is in keeping with the rush of senior year. Peter and Lara Jean's romance takes center stage, but above all, Lara Jean learns to choose for herself, which is refreshing. VERDICT Sparkling dialogue, swoon-worthy scenes, and likable characters make this a gem of a selection for most YA collections where Sarah Dessen, Nicola Yoon, and Jennifer E. Smith are popular.—Shelley M. Diaz, School Library Journal
“Sweetly funny.”, Entertainment Weekly
* "Han's story is timeless. First love, finding one's identity in school and at home, and navigating the delicate transition from child to adult are all universal themes in young adult literature, and Han does a great job exploring them. She has written a sweet, coming-of-age love story that will surely please fans of the first two books who are likely clamoring for this conclusion." -- VOYA, starred review, June 2017
"Featuring the same endearing sister relationships, mouthwatering descriptions of Lara Jean’s cooking, and timeless coming-of-age conflicts, this final volume in the series will continue to delight Han’s fans.... Sparkling dialogue, swoon-worthy scenes, and likable characters make this a gem of a selection for most YA collections" -- School Library Journal, May 2017
"A must-have conclusion....Fans of Han’s best-selling series will turn out in droves to get their hands on this conclusion to Lara Jean’s story." -- Booklist, May 2017
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The novel dives in around Easter time during Lara Jean's senior year of high school. Everyone is waiting to hear back from college and Lara Jean is super nervous to see where she gets accepted to. Readers are reunited with returning characters and are introduced to some new faces. Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a roller coaster full of emotions with a forthcoming wedding, a death of a loved one and senior year with its ongoing anticipation of going off to college.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean shows realistic display of anticipation for the college waiting game. The excitement and the upset are both on point and the ups and the downs of relationships are true. But in the end, everything is worth it. Although people may have certain thoughts about Lara Jean's and Peter's relationship, it is ultimately Lara Jean's and Peter's decision that matters. Through best of times and the worst of times, they stayed strong. Both write their own story as they mature from book 1 to book 3. Although, I always rooted for a Lara Jean and John Ambrose McClaren shipping, Miss Han's ending of the novel brings the series full circle because, after all, it all started with a love letter.
The message in Lara Jean's yearbook from Peter is perfection! I don't want to spoil it but you MUST pick up this book if you've read the first two books in the series. For those who haven't read To All the Boys I've Loved Before, add it to your TBR list. In fact, marathon To All the Boys I've Loved Before, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean!
I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS BOOK FOR LIKE EVER.
I have missed Lara Jean for YEARSSSSS.
So thank you Jenny Han for finally giving this book to me. So before I even started this book, I swear, I looked at it and said... "Damn you Lara Jean, you better still be with Peter and stay with him for the rest of your life or I will drop this book into my fireplace and never read you again." (Yes, I can be that dramatic). Luckily the book is still intact with no fire damage.
So, Always and Forever, Lara Jean, is a follow-up to Lara Jean's story. In this book you are following her throughout her senior year of high school, and boy is she busy. She's preparing for college, her dad is getting married, her sister Margot is coming home, oh and she's still in love (like head over heels baby) with boyfriend Peter. She wants everything to stay on its course and go has planned...but of course Jenny couldn't let that happen. What good is a book without the main character going through something. It isn't, so of course Lara Jean's plans get ruined and now she has to change her plans drastically.
I love how Lara Jean's character continues to grow and I am actually really sad that there's not going to be another book. Also, I enjoyed getting more of the sisters too :) I think I read a review on the book and it said "A world without Peter Kavinsky would be a very sad world indeed" AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THAT. I am so happy they didn't stay broken up--because again...I would've burned this book without looking back. If you haven't noticed I love his character and I love their relationship. Honestly they are so darn cute and are truly a realistic high school relationship. They are going through relatable decisions that an everyday high school student goes through, heck even college or adults.
The one character I 100% did not like was Peter's mom. I wanted to bitch slap her so hard. I hope no parent treats her like that ever.
I will definitely be re-reading this trilogy for as long as I live because I just love Jenny Han and her writing. I really need to read her other books. Please don't ever stop writing Jenny :(
Top international reviews
What I really like about Jenny Han's writing is that she captures what being a completely normal teenager feels like, complete with angst, family drama, boyfriend troubles, prom dances and University applications (and the disappointments that come with it!). Sounds easy, definitely isn't, and Han made me feel like I was reliving all of it again - not fun, but very clever.
So that's what this book is about - how Lara Jean is going to cope with choosing where she applies, how she stomachs the University responses and what this will all mean for her relationship with Peter. Ultimately, she has to decide if she will choose herself or choose Peter and her relationship with him. It's most definitely a book about growing up.
It's also not very engaging however. I've really struggled to connect with the characters and be gripped by the plot in this series - it just feels very superficial and lacking in development in lots of ways. A large part of the problem, I think, is that Lara Jean is really not very likeable and Peter and I got off on the wrong foot. I just don't like either of them particularly, and this makes it really difficult to root for them.
I don't think I'd be continuing on in the world of Lara Jean if her story continued, and I don't think her story will stick with me much, but still this series remains to be a unique insight into how much being a teenager sucks! And I can definitely get behind that.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean turns everything upside down when Lara Jean can’t get into the college of her choice, meaning her carefully laid out plan doesn’t work out and she and Peter might have to go long distance. In true Lara Jean fashion, she tries her best to make things work while also rigidly sticking to her previous plan (I can relate!) before realising that she might have to adjust some things.
I love Lara Jean and I love Peter. I love Lara Jean’s family. Everything about this book was super cute and adorable and relatable. I really like how much Lara Jean has grown up throughout the course of this trilogy. She was very young and innocent in the first book, but now she is a lot more mature. Still a bit young, but whatever, she’s eighteen. But I like that her character growth is so noticeable.
Oh, and there’s a wedding! A really adorable wedding that I am the slightest bit in awe of.
I am sooooo glad that Han didn’t go with the epilogue thing again. The Burn for Burn series was ruined, in my opinion, by the damn epilogue, and I was really hoping there wouldn’t be one for this series. And there wasn’t! It was the best ending!
I don’t have a lot of belief when it comes to long distance relationships, quickly making me doubt that this relationship wasn’t going to make it to the end of the book. Unless you’re going to the same college, in the words of Lara Jean’s mom, “don’t go to college with a boyfriend”.
The final book was a deeper look in to Lara Jean becoming an adult, no longer living in anyone’s shadows, becoming her own person and experiencing things for the first time. With college just around the corner and complications occurring, Lara Jean is now thinking about bringing more intimacy in to their relationship, baring in mind Peter had a lot of that with Gen and the way Jenny went about this when writing ‘Always and Forever, Lara Jean’ really was very important, especially to all young girls and boys who may read this.
Jenny never writes about sex in this book as taboo or wrong and she shows the importance in communicating with your partner about having sex and making sure it is comfortable for both people because this is a vital part of one’s life and you don’t want to take advantage of it in a way that you’ll regret. Every character in the book even talk about it naturally from her sisters, to Peter, even to her father. They’re all very understanding that it’s time for Lara Jean to have these thoughts and support her in making the right decisions for her.
The story also focused on dilemmas that came about, regarding Lara Jean’s college choices and all the things she may have to sacrifice depending on her final decision. Peter and her family were incredibly supportive around this time, as they always are, and it was great to see Peter consider making sacrifices as well to prevent their relationship coming to an end.
Overall, this was another incredible read from Jenny and it’s safe to say, I am well and truly invested in all of these characters and wish them all the best. Lara Jean, I must admit, did irritate me sometimes in this book regarding a certain wedding coming up and I just wanted to scream “NOT EVERYTHING IS ABOUT YOU!!”. I suppose it was good to keep her childish mindset somewhat alive during her move to college, but wow, that girl is sometimes too organised for her own good and needs to maybe wing it now and again.
I’d love to know what happened afterwards – have Lara Jean and Peter managed to make their relationship work? How is Kitty dealing with having neither one of her sisters around all the time? Have things developed in Margot’s relationship? etc. Don’t leave us hanging, Jenny! I’m not ready to say goodbye to this wonderful series just yet.
Another great read! And boy am I surprised to fall in love with literature for girls aged 12-16 (I think this is the best target market for this Jenny Chan trilogy!). In our modern age of explicit content everywhere, it is really sweet to find a book which is decent, good-humoured and will probably teach a thing or two the next generation (at least about the need and excitement of further education and university!). I've never encountered such a straightforward and no-fuss book about falling in love, growing up and decisions that all of us face. It's all very high school and at the same time it is very real.
It has all: falling in love, first relationships, innocent (and not so innocent) kisses, a little bit of seriousness (bullying/lies) and ultimately a good end (NO SPOILERS HERE - Lara Jean will know if it is indeed necessary to go to college with a high-school sweetheart). And this is as far away from another fantasy/dystopian novel as you can get. I am so recommending this trilogy to all the young girls out there!
Absolutely recommended to all the teenagers out there. Parents, you heard me!
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?
This is the final installment and it finishes the series so well though a part of me wants a later story when they're all grown up. The plot is simple and quite predictable and yet I loved every word. It's a perfect light read that I really loved. The ending was perfect and just made me fall in love with Peter even more.
Happy reading :)
Doesn't annoy me as much in the movies but I, of course, had to know what happened next so there I go.
It's not a bad book. Very angsty and in parts unnecessary but overall a 4.
Though if the Author ever fancied giving us a wee look into the after Collage future I wouldn’t complain 😜