I’ll be honest – the only reason I read this book was because I wanted to read it before the movie adaptation comes out. If it hadn’t been for the movie coming out, I probably wouldn’t have read this after reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and not really loving it. As with the last book, I was underwhelmed with this story and don’t really understand the appeal of it.
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?
I still had the same issues with Lara Jean as I did in the first book – she’s bland and just seems to judge everyone around her without really being honest with herself about who she is. She’s not particularly compelling as a main character – that is until sparks started to fly between her and John Ambrose (one of the boys who she wrote a love letter to, years ago). John Ambrose brought a breathe of fresh air to this book – he was compelling, compassionate and had way more chemistry with Lara Jean than Peter did. Honestly, Peter was about as interesting as drying paint in this book. I have a pretty unpopular opinion when it comes to who Lara Jean should end up with – I think her and John and are a far better match than her and Peter.
One of the things this book has going for it is the atmosphere – it’s almost like drinking coffee by a window on a rainy Saturday morning – it’s just cozy. The plot is pretty slow and almost demands to be read in one sitting once you get into it. There’s not a lot of substance to it – Lara Jean is a very average teen just going through high school. There are no big shocking twists or massive outbursts. The biggest events in her life revolve around Peter and John, planning events at an old folks home, and trying to figure out what’s going on with Gen. There were just enough cute moments to keep me reading, but not enough intrigue to make me really care about what was going on.
The thing with the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Books is that they’re really slow burns. There are no exciting big moments – they’re fairly realistic takes on what it’s like to be a high school student in love for the first time. They’re nothing earth-shattering and many authors have done it better – but they can be a fun read if you can get into the slow pace and the average characters. 2/5.