P.S.I Still Love You

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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 Times bestseller 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.

I was so excited to hear Jenny Han had released a sequel to the much loved, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Unfortunately for me, it was a flop. I was being kind of generous on Goodreads when I gave it two stars. I desperately wanted to love this book since I loved the first so much, but I couldn’t.

For starters, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, left us at a cliffhanger, but P.S. I Still Love You threw us right into the story, not reminding readers of anything that happened in the first book. Not only that, Lara Jean and Peter were thrown together as a couple and then thrown into a horrendous scandal all in a mere twenty pages or so.

Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship was childish, puppy love that didn’t give me a warm, fuzzy feeling. They literally made a contract for their relationship – barf. The only couples who do that are couples in middle school, not sixteen year-olds. I felt irritated for most of the novel because Peter was constantly hanging out with his ex, Genevieve, because she “was dealing with some things” that he couldn’t tell anyone. Hello! Common knowledge is that girlfriends get special privileges to prevent arguments about ex-girlfriends who are sneaky little bitches (pardon my language).

Granted, Peter was Lara Jean’s first boyfriend, but Peter’s had girlfriends before, so why is their relationship so weird and naive? Their chemistry never seemed right when they were together. The plot wasn’t defined, just a lot of mundane every-day activities. To top it off, Jenny Han tried to throw in a “love triangle” halfway through the book between Lara Jean, Peter, and John. Um what?

In my humble opinion, there was no need for this book. Jenny Han could have added an epilogue to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and all would be right with the world. Instead, I read an over-exaggerated, uneventful puppy love story between two people who didn’t have chemistry.

I hate being so brutal towards a novel, but I had high expectations and they weren’t met. I love Jenny Han as an author, but it’s not what I expected.

As for my next bookish journey, I’ll be reading Kissing in America by Margo Rabb. Happy reading bookworms!

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Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl

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Goodreads synopsis:

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.

When I first heard of this book, everyone talked about what a great book it was, but never what it was really about. I figured it was about two friends and their girl friend who was dying of cancer. Even the description provided by the back of the book was bland. Regardless, I still picked up the book in an interest to keep up with the bookworm crowd.

I honestly did not like the book. Not only did I not like it, but I fought very hard to push through and actually finish the book. The opening chapters seemed like a decent start with some opening jokes, but it never improved. I thought main character, Greg Gaines, was actually writing from his perspective as an established adult – he was talking about his several films and their “successes”. In the end we learn he’s writing the book around the age of eighteen or nineteen after he had been suspended from the University of Pittsberg for failing grades. It was a disappointment, much like this book.

The grammar and vulgar language of Earl irritated the heck out of me. The extreme awkwardness of Greg, Earl, and Rachel was weird, they were awkward together and never said much when they were together. They severely lacked personality and never connected with me as a reader.

Greg even writes in the epilogue, “Also, I can probably write whatever on this page, because there’s no way you made it all the way to the end, because this book is a disgrace to the English language. Too all language.” Yes sir, it is. I don’t know what the movie will be about since the book jumped around a lot and most chapters were backstory we really didn’t need. Hopefully the movie writers pull what The D.U.F.F. movie writers did – take the basic idea and create a new story line around the idea leaving out a bulk of the actual book. I’ll wait for it to hit RedBox or something.

If you actually enjoyed the book, great. If you didn’t, I’m right there with you friend. Until next time, I’ll be finishing up Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell before indulging in some ARCs I recently received and can’t wait to start! Until next time, happy reading my lovelies!