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P.S. I Still Love You (2) (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) Hardcover – May 26, 2015
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An Interview with Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, and Morgan Matson
From late nights studying together in graduate school to late nights trying to meet their publishers’ deadlines, Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, and Siobhan Vivian have stuck together through it all. Find out how this trio of YA writing powerhouses met, why friendship is so central in their stories and in their lives, and, most importantly, which of their characters would fall in love with each other.
How did the three of you become friends and why do you feel it’s important to have a close group of supportive friends?
MM: We all met in graduate school in New York City a decade ago! And we’ve stayed friends ever since.
SV: Dude. Was that really ten years ago? Feels like ten minutes.
MM: I know. I didn’t want to believe it either.
JH: In some ways it feels like twenty years ago to me! What I really love is that even though the three of us no longer live in the same city, we still go away on writing retreats together and do book tours together. Our books keep us close.
MM: Jenny organizes the most amazing writing retreats. We all hang out and write and catch up. It’s a yearly highlight.
SV: I feel it’s so important to have friends who understand this weird thing we all do. I can ask Morgan and Jenny anything…from the business side (is this deal point in my contract too aggressive?) to the creative side (where’s a fun place my two characters can make out?).
MM: And it’s so great to have friends you can text when you need story advice, or just to commiserate with someone who understands the process. It makes what can be a pretty solitary job feel a lot less so. Also, Jenny is a genius book-title-er.
Do the three of you have similar or different creative styles? Do you approach writing your books in a similar way?
JH: We have really different creative styles. I write a first draft almost like a series of vignettes, never in order. It's very spare. I figure out the shape of the book as I piece it all together.
SV: I think Morgan’s a lot like me, because she also has a background in screenplay writing, and we enjoy thinking about structure, all the narrative places a story could potentially go.
MM: It’s true! And as for my process, I can’t write out of order—I need to write in a linear fashion, straight through to the end. And I don’t really have an outline. I have a vague idea of where I want to go, but that’s it. I like getting some surprises along the way.
SV: Same here. I feel like Jenny intimately knows her characters from the first page, whereas I have to put them on a journey and make them do stuff in order to discover who they are.
Which characters from your respective books do you feel would be friends with each other? Who would get along the best? Would any of your characters have crushes on each other?
SV: I’ll say that John McClaren from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Levi Hamrick from The Last Boy and Girl in the World would be friends. They both have a quiet nerdy confidence about them.
MM: I think Andie from The Unexpected Everything would definitely have a crush on Jesse Ford from The Last Boy and Girl!
SV: I was thinking that also, but I don’t think Andie and Taylor from the Summer series could be friends IRL. Andie is like a dressage show horse and Taylor is like a wild pony.
JH: Natalie from Not That Kind of Girl would be friends with Margot from To All The Boys I've Loved Before. They're both driven, high-achieving girls with bright futures.
MM: Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone would totally be friends with Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. I think they have similar personality types! I can see them hanging out at home together and cooking.
JH: I can also see Lara Jean having a crush on Roger from Amy & Roger's Epic Detour because—mix tapes!
MM: Lara Jean would introduce him to doo-wop girl groups and Roger’s life would never be the same.
What’s the one piece of advice you would like to give aspiring writers that you wish you had when you first started out?
JH: I would tell them not to be in a rush. Because, yes, it is absolutely amazing to be able to write for a living, but there is also something truly wonderful about writing just for you, just because you have to, because you can't not.
MM: Read a lot, and write a lot. Don’t expect to be a perfect writer on the first try—writing is a skill, and just like any other skill, you get better at it the more you do it!
SV: Find friends who will support you, who understand your work, and who know how to get the best writing out of you. You don’t have to do it alone! That’s what keeps the three of us together.
"An ultimately compelling exploration of teenage growth and young love.", Kirkus, on To All the Boys I've Loved Before
A wonderful choice for fans of Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins. -- Booklist, March 15, 2014
In this lovely, lighthearted romance...readers will remember the Song sisters and the boys in their lives long after the final page turn., School Library Journal, Starred review on To All the Boys I've Loved Before
"The sparkling dialogue, heartwarming sister relationships, and honest talk make this a must-have title for teen collections.", School Library Journal
"A sweet and charming sequel that is sure to be devoured by fans of the first book.", Booklist
- Lexile measure : HL640L
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 144242673X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1442426733
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 12 and up
- Best Sellers Rank: #199,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I truly hated was the whole “sex tape” story line. Without consent from either Peter or Lara Jean, they were filmed making out in a hot tub on a school trip. Lara fully covered by some old lady type of nightgown and Peter in a bathing suit. The recording was then shared with their entire class. Against the law, I work at a school, Genevieve would have been suspended if not also charged. Nothing happens to her. Peter knows and remains her lackey, which should have resulted in his permanent kick to the curb by Lara, but she ends up shrugging it off because she realizes he and Gen and she and Gen have a connection. Really? Um, no. The girl was a two book mean girl, she deserved a tell off if not a slap, not unconfronted forgiveness. So dumb. On top of that, Lara gets sex shamed for starring in this tape like it was her choice. Yes the student reaction is sadly the norm, but the teacher who shamed her for not seeming like the type of girl to do this sort of thing should have been reported and fired because a girl kissing a boy is not a bad choice nor is making out with one, nor did Lara choose to be taped. Worse was Lara’s dim father who doesn’t seem to parent much telling her to make better choices because of course she knew Gen was a jealous perv taping them with a mind to distribute her work. Seriously? A woman wrote this? Dad should have gone through the roof and demanded the school do something since this happened on a school trip and was it was being distributed at school, not acted like it was in anyway Lara’s fault. I get that the author wanted to show that Peter as a boy had an easier time of it than Lara as a girl, but the teacher and father reaction was just way off. I was done with her dad as a character after that.
This whole book seemed to be proof Lara and Peter were better off apart, as both had good reason to dump the other for good, but they find their way back to each and into a third, better written but still not as good as the first book, novel. My best advice is to read the first book and make up your own story for what comes next.
This book was so much fun to read. It picks up after the first and has Lara Jean and Peter in some turmoil. There is a lot of turmoil throughout a good portion of this book! I don't want to give anything away but the one major thing that is in this book is the surfacing of a video from a certain ski trip. This is a major factor in this book. There is also the chance to meet another of her letter guys! Also, Gen is up to her tricks again it would seem but I'll let you see what's up there on your own!
So this book is one with a good bit of teen angst but these teens are very good kids for the most part so it's not one that has terrible influences aplenty. This makes it appropriate for a good range of reading ages. It's a fun book that might make you happy, sad, mad, and any other range of emotion but in the end it's a feel good book that just makes you fall more in love with the characters you've learned to care for in the first book.
Lara Jean wants Peter back. She will go for it despite her worries about putting her heart on the line and the possibility of getting hurt. You have to admire someone who decides to overcome her fear of being abandoned.
So what does Lara Jean do? She writes a letter to Peter K but this time she takes it to Peter K herself. Gladly, he is home when Lara Jean comes knocking. This is when I start thinking that everything is going to be ok now. They are together, what can go wrong?
One answer, Genevieve. Genevieve keeps on using Peter for who knows what. She keeps on calling him and the worst part is that Peter answers every single time. Yes, Lara Jean knows Peter cares for Genevieve but at the beginning, she is more accepting of this situation until she is not.
To make the waters even murkier, another boy she wrote a letter to is back. You might remember the tiny sneak peak we got in the first book about John Ambrose McClaren, well he's back in full force. He's the grandson of Story, an awesome lady with amazing stories to tell who's at the retirement house where Lara Jean is volunteering. John Ambrose is everything Lara Jean wants from a boyfriend and he even helps her out when she needs it during the USO party she throws at the retirement house ( I would love to see this in the next movie. Their scene together was beautiful). John Ambrose McClaren is dreamy but he is not Peter K and sometimes the heart wants what the heart wants.
I was torn between both guys which is weird because I was Peter K team all the way in To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Yet, I was very happy with Lara Jean's decision and I was happy she made good choices too.
I thought the book portrayed a nice relationship between the siblings. They had an awesome relationship with their father (I adored him) which was a nice change since most books have horrible family dynamics.
Kitty, as well as Stormy, gave this book the sassiness it needed.
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This is basically a catch up book to show us how the relationships have started to unfold following on from the events of the first book. The good thing about that is that Jenny Han really beautifully captures what it means to have that nervous excitement of first dating someone but then somehow manages to tie in the routine of a steady relationship. I really felt like she just GOT it. Also, who can't relate to some ex-girlfriend drama? Nailed that one too.
And really, that, tied in with a few extra pieces about Kitty setting her dad up on dates and Lara Jean dealing with the fall out from the hot-tub video, is basically all this book is about. And it's done well, but it's definitely disappointing - I really felt as though there was nothing happening in this book, aside from some relationship/friendship/family dramas. I should admit here that I don't make a habit of reading light and fluffy romances - they're just not for me - so perhaps the downfall is with me more than the lack of much happening in the book? But I felt like more should have been happening; I was pretty bored.
Maybe if I loved Peter and Lara Jean together I could have been more gripped - I love a likeable romantic pairing as much as anyone - but it was disinterested and not at all engaged by any of the characters. Even Kitty, who I'd previously really liked. I don't know. I just didn't really care who Lara Jean picked to give her heart to - nor did I think she really deserved all the fuss!
A bit of a filler book.
Lara Jean, what happened to you? Peter Kavinsky, when did you become such a jerk? John Ambrose McClaren, why are you so adorable? And where the hell is Josh, did he move?!
It may get spoilery from here, so stop reading if you don't want to know what happens..... I found the love triangle increasingly irritating, this whole book just felt unnecessary, and a rehash of the previous book with a different cast of characters, the conclusion was inevitable. The last chapter was basically 'oh yeah you were a ass but don't worry about it, let's get back together.' It felt really rushed, and just showed that neither character had really learnt anything from their experiences in the book. The lack of communication between Peter and Lara Jean was making me scream inside, and even after finishing the novel, I still don't know why he couldn't have just been honest about the Gen situation from the start. He plain and simply picked her over Lara Jean in many situations, and without communicating any reasoning behind that, it was a total dick move.
I felt sad for John, who seemed to be a genuinely nice guy, who honestly liked Lara Jean. He didn't really deserve to be treated the way he was, strung along, just to be dropped with no real explanation. I also hated Kitty's attitude to the whole situation, she was one of my favourite's in the first book, and she just gets more and more bratty in this one, I really just wanted to give her a clip around the ears (oh my god....when did I become my nan?!).
I'm going to read the last book, mostly because I already bought it, but honestly Jenny Han, you've got some serious work on your hands to get me back on board with these books.
Lara Jean returns and is back with even more teenage angst and love drama for readers to get stuck into, and after the unexpected return of one of her 'letters', Lara Jean in thrown back into the past of when she was in eighth grade crushing on a blonde haired handsome called John Ambrose McClaren. Just when you thought her and Peter Kavinsky were back on solid ground right?
Peter is still loveable, but blissfully unaware of all the battles and paranoia of an awkward teenage girl such as Lara Jean, and being unable to remain on the same page, Lara Jean finds herself despairing and falling into a trap of comparing him to a boy who has never hurt her. But like matters of the heart, things aren't always so simple, or black and white.
The book is an easy read, with lots of funny and humorous moments that have you laughing out loud and I found myself simply unable to put it down. Han's characters are relatable, and the plot twists had you eagerly racing through pages to find out what the 'finale' would be.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves chick lit and modern-day romances, someone who would like to get stuck into a new series and someone into light-hearted reads.
‘P.S. I Still Love You’ continues on from the first book, five days later. Lara Jean and Peter have agreed to give their relationship a go and their puppy-love is as sweet and mushy as you’d expect. They’re ready to put their all in to their relationship, however, Peter is still over-friendly with ex-girlfriend Genevieve and one of Lara Jean’s five crushes gets in contact.
After a quick sneaky peek of him at the end of the movie (even though the actor has changed and I’m very excited about that), I was very giddy to finally be introduced to the most anticipated character, John Ambrose McClaren. His role in this book was alongside the other main characters and he had a very prominent impact with Lara Jean feeling’s and the direction she wants her life to go in. John Ambrose McClaren is most certainly a better fit for Lara Jean than Peter is, in a safe way. They have more in common with each other, they’re both as smart as each other, they both think of others before themselves and they just seem to understand one another more. He’s definitely a safer option when it comes to relationships, however, I’m not about that safe life. You need someone who wants adventures and keeps you on your toes, the way Lara Jean and Peter do. That all being said, I did enjoy seeing Lara Jean fall back in contact with friends like John, as at this point she was still in a bubble of her family and Peter. The two of them got up to things that only them two would enjoy and it was nice for Lara Jean to have another friend who wanted to get involved in the same events as she did and not have to force Peter to tag along.
The route of book two’s story-line follows Lara Jean going down memory lane, struggling with deciding which boy she wants to be with and which of her friends still have her best interests at heart. As a sixteen-year-old, I was more the girl who had multiple crushes on boys in school and everyone treated it like it was the worst thing to ever happen to them, but as the years went by and I started to grow in to myself more and experiment with my appearance, got more confident, etc. I then was a lot like Lara who had more options than none and as flattering as it is, it’s a recipe for disaster on all future friendships with the one’s you turn down. We also get to see Lara Jean think more about her future after high school and consider all of her college options, finally taking us slightly away from the childish mind-set and more towards Lara Jean becoming an adult. Although Jenny didn’t take away the friendship bracelets and scrapbooks just yet, they are still and forever will be a part of the person Lara Jean is and will become.
The story-line I loved the most in this book was Lara Jean and Stormy’s relationship. Stormy is in the care home that Lara Jean is volunteering at and the two really have a strong connection. Stormy teaches Lara Jean the ropes of how to be around a boy and how to treat them, whilst also giving her all the juicy details of her previous lovers from her lifetime. Although Stormy knew Lara Jean was smitten by Peter, she still tried to persuade her towards her grandson and while the plot twist of Stormy’s grandson was predictable, it still fit really well and only helped the two grow closer.
The simplicity of book one becomes a lot less simple in book two, as Lara Jean tackles new issues, comes face to face with secrets she shouldn’t know about, whilst trying to keep herself and her own life as stable as she can. Baking is the only solution! Jenny Han really is the master of light-hearted stories that are still able to tug on your heart strings enough and I can’t wait to tell you all more about book 3, as that is when Lara Jean’s life gets the most juiciest! Queue the drama…
I felt like P.S... was more tense and kept me addicted with anxiousness towards the end. It had the ending I was hoping for though! And I feel like it could keep going. I want more Lara Jean.. There are some honest discussions about relationships, gender politics and sex. If you're wondering whether it might be too young for you, I'm in my early twenties. I think anyone from 11-25 would enjoy this.