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Book Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Book 2
Diversity: Half-Korean, Half-American main character and sisters; a gay best friend
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
Recommended Age: 13+ (mature love scenes, talk about sex, language, and what it means to be in love)
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Synopsis: Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Timesbestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
Review: Okay so for the most part this book was so good. The writing was just as good as the first one, Lara Jean didn’t change a bit, and the plot was intriguing. I really love how the romance just doesn’t revolve around the main character and her love interest, but that you can see the ripple effects of it throughout the family.
However, my problem is that it felt like Lara Jean didn’t make the right choices and, I would even argue, didn’t really develop well as a character. But I do realize that by my feeling so enraged by a main characters choice in a book, that means the author did something right. She made a relatable character that we either want to love or want to hate.
Verdict: I hate Lara Jean’s choices, but that means this book is very well done.
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book since the first one wrapped up so nicely. I was a bit disappointed by the first portion of the book, as it was a lot about her dad, and her volunteering at the seniors’ home. There was nothing wrong with these aspects of the story, I was just expecting more cutesy romance and that wasn’t what I was getting.
The cutesy romance came later though and I ended up not being disappointed with the story as a whole. I preferred the first book, but I still enjoyed this one.
Just like the first book, I did not expect it to end the way it did. I totally expected it to go the other way, which is the same way I felt about the first book! Maybe I’ll be more prepared for things to go in the opposite way that I think they will for the third book – haha!
If you liked the first book, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this one. While the first bit was different, the rest gave off the same feeling as the first.
My 8th grade daughter recently read this book and I read portions with her. She started reading this series after "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" came out on Netflix. she really enjoyed this book, but said it was a little inappropriate at points. I would recommend this book for mature 8th graders or high school age students because it talked about sex and there was some swearing. However, it was an easy read.
After reading my daughter said she could really connect with the main character Lara Jean because she has also had to deal with the "popular girls" before. My daughter thought it was cool that Lara Jean ended up with the most popular of all, Peter Kavinsky, and she didn't even have to change her principles or her style.