Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
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?
Jenny Han is the modern day L.M. Montgomery. She captures the life of today’s teenage girls perfectly, and doesn’t paint their lives as perfect. Lara Jean Song is easily our modern day Anne of Green Gables, and her insight on how serious high school relationships can be for children that age is flawless. When reading Han’s novel, I couldn’t help but go back to the pain and complications of being a teenager; but I was also reminded of how free it felt to be on the verge of starting your life and leaving your childhood behind. Watching Lara Jean fall in love and experience those feelings with not just one, but two boys was beautiful. She touched on the subject of understanding that teen love doesn’t always last forever, and her insight on how you become many different people in your lifetime was flawless. I loved how she discussed how she did love different boys at different times in her life, but when a person enters different stages they no longer feel the same things that they did before. It was also heartbreaking to read how her best friendship with Gen didn’t stick through high school, and that is a tough reality for anyone who has ever been a teenager. High school is a place of ultimate evolution, and in order to evolve, some bonds have to break. Unfortunately, as Lara Jean realizes, the pain of those broken bonds does stay with us, and when reading this novel I felt those age old scars throbbing back to life within me.
Han’s writing is not something that I will ever forget. Her books have changed me as much as Anne of Green Gables did, and I could see them easily becoming classics. She doesn’t paint the teenage experience in a bitter way, but in a realistic one. She makes sure that everything she writes is raw, not shiny, and that is why her novels are perfect for not only young adults, but all ages.
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