⇒“I’m a person who saves things. I’ll hold on forever.” -Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han ⇐
Author: Jenny Han
(4.10 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / YA / Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 2, 2017, by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Pages: 325 (Hardcover)
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I guess that’s part of growing up, too–saying goodbye to the things you used to love.
This month just keeps marching on (get it?) which makes me wish that I was a faster reader! My next March Movie Madness book-to-screen review is for the final book in Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, Always and Forever Lara Jean. The screen adaptation, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, released this past February to much fanfare on Netflix. Although it’s a bittersweet ending, it was great to see some of our favorite characters come to life again. Let’s check out the book blurb…
Lara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends. Life couldn’t be more perfect! At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news. Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
She always picked love; she always picked adventure. To her they were one and the same.
I love this series. Lara Jean’s character resonates so much with my younger self – it makes me nostalgic for high school days when the most serious thing I had to worry about was that week’s Algebra II test. It’s always such a pleasure to be able to read a book that can take you back into a happy past like that. Reading the last book in the series makes you feel a tiny loss, and watching the last movie in that same series seems to put a pin in it that feels a little more final. My Goodreads review for Always and Forever… represents my desperation and remorse at its ending. Here it is:
“Why oh why is Jenny Han so adamant about this being her last Lara Jean book?! “Always…” is a great bookend for the trilogy, but doesn’t she know that there’s still so much I want to know about what happens with LJ and Peter Kavinsky?
What about college? What about Margot and Ravi? What about Dan and Trina? What about Kitty? WHAT HAPPENS WITH THIS FAMILY? If she doesn’t write about them anymore, how will we ever know what happens?!
Ugh, I think I’m devastated.“
Being vulnerable, letting people in, getting hurt… it’s all part of being in love.
The week of the movie release, Bookstagram exploded with all the anticipation. And even now, the show is still featured in the Most Popular/Trending category. Although I prefer the first movie, this third release held its own, represented the book well, and was the most watched title in its debut week (Wikipedia). If you enjoy young adult romances with touches of drama and comedy, then the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series may be just the thing for you. I would definitely suggest reading the books and then watching the movies afterwards. This is how I did it, and I loved seeing my interpretation of these memorable characters come to life.
Here is the official Netflix trailer (courtesy YouTube):
JENNY HAN is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series. She is an executive producer on all three Netflix films– To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, and To All the Boys: Always and Forever. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Summer I Turned Pretty series. Her books have been published in more than thirty languages. A former librarian, Jenny earned her MFA in creative writing at the New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. –bio and pic from https://www.jennyhan.com/