P.S. I Still Love You

20698530by Jenny Han
YA Contemporary
3 of 5 stars
Book 2 of a duology

I wasn’t especially impressed by To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before but I am so glad I decided to read this sequel! Lara Jean was a bit too passive for my taste in the last book – even when she found out who sent out her private letters, she wasn’t even that mad about it. Her emotions felt muted, and the characters around her felt flat and muted too. Not so in this story!

Lara Jean and Peter are together for real, and as she navigates her first high school relationship she reminds everyone reading this what high school is like. So many firsts, so many social dangers and triumphs, and the feeling that everything you’re experiencing is vitally important but is also something you’re not likely to care about so much when you’re older. Lara Jean is both more introspective and takes a more active role, and her sisters and friends are more vivid as well. Everyone has grown and I enjoyed this story much more thanks to that.

I also enjoyed the more feminist take on relationships in this novel. In the previous one, I was frustrated that because Lara Jean’s best friend Chris dated a lot of guys and had already had sex, she was slut-shamed by everyone. Even Lara Jean doesn’t fully approve of her. This time around everything is presented more fairly, in a way that every girl needs to see. Women are in charge of their bodies, and what’s right for some people isn’t right for others. If a sexy picture or video of a couple goes up online, the guy is congratulated and the girl is shamed – and this is a double standard that needs to change.

This was a fun summer read and I recommend it for both high school students and anyone wanting a vibrant refresher on what it’s like to be 16.

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