REVIEW: P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

REVIEW: P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Hello, lovelies!

 

Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a relaxing weekend. I’m finishing my week with a review of the brilliant P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han, the follow to her bestselling novel To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

 

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS & NEGATIVE OPINIONS OF PETER KAVINSKY

GoodReads Synopsis:

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?

My Thoughts:

I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before about a year ago now and I kept meaning to pick up the next in the series but then I kind of forgot about it. Enter Netflix and the Lana Condor/Noah Centineo combo and P.S I Still Love You went straight to the top of my TBR pile.

I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to the first book but I needn’t have been as Jenny Han did not disappoint. It was a very different experience reading P.S I Still Love You compared to TATBILB as I was picturing the characters from the film as I was reading. Lana Condor makes the perfect Lara Jean and Noah Centineo is one dreamy Peter Kavinsky so I have no complaints about that!

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The book starts a few scenes before the film ended and things with Lara Jean and Peter are still off. It didn’t come as much of a surprise that they immediately got together thanks to another one of Lara Jean’s letters (and also thanks to Netflix for the spoiler!).

I’m going to get this out of the way, rip it off like a bandaid. I actually didn’t like Peter at all in this book which is a complete shift from TATBILB. He is an awful boyfriend to Lara Jean and she somehow ends up taking the blame for this in the end which infuriated me. The Gen drama continues and despite being in a relationship with Lara Jean, Peter spends 3/4 of this book with Gen helping her through some ‘family’ troubles. Lara Jean naturally is uncomfortable with this and can’t help but feel jealous after always being second best to Gen (a perfectly reasonable reaction I might add).

When we find Gen’s family drama was, Lara Jean is suddenly fine with Peter’s complete neglect and disrespect for their relationship and goes running back to him to apologise. This bothered me so much and I’m sure I’m not the only one. No one no matter how mature or secure they were in their relationship would be comfortable with their significant other spending all of their time comforting their ex.

No one deserves to be treated like that, especially not Lara Jean and don’t even get me started on that hot tub video situation! For all you Peter K fans out there who are going to say ‘but Gen was going through a really hard time’, I know. That doesn’t give Peter an excuse to treat Lara Jean the way he did. Gen was manipulating the situation to hurt Lara Jean and Peter let her.

So, if it’s not already clear, I can safely say I am no longer a Peter K fan which leads me on to one of my favourite parts of this book… John Ambrose McClaren.

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John Ambrose McClaren is one of the recipients of Lara Jean’s infamous love letters and just as things with her and Peter start to heat up, John writes her back in typical John Ambrose McClaren fashion. He is the real MVP of this book and is who Lara Jean should be with. He’s thoughtful, smart, sweet and there for Lara Jean when Peter is off being Gen’s shoulder to cry on. I also loved that his full name was used so frequently throughout the book.

I loved the introduction of new characters in P.S I Still Love you including all those at the nursing home Lara Jean works at and it’s safe to say that Jenny Han has created some spectacular characters in this series but, I think we can all agree that Kitty Song takes the crown. I think some of my favourite scenes from this book are ones were the Song family spends time together. Often in YA novels, we have a dysfunctional or turbulent family at the center of the story and whilst the Song’s have faced their fair share of tragedy, Lara Jean’s family are so adorably close and normal that it was a breath of fresh air.

I am honestly surprised at how invested in this series I am and how passionate I have been about these fictional characters and relationships in this review. I intended this to be a more serious review of the writing, character building, and plot techniques but it quickly descended into a rant about my new found hate for Peter Kavinsky.

I love this series and I’m so glad there’s more to this story, let’s just hope Netflix carries on adapting these books into the cute romcoms we know they can be!

 

 

 

Thanks for reading! Are you a fan of this series? Let me know in the comments below!

BLOGTOBER: Spooky Reads

BLOGTOBER: Spooky Reads

Hello, lovelies!

Unfortunately, I can’t commit to doing a post every day in October so instead I’ve planned some occasional themed posts throughout October starting with some of my top spooky reads in celebration of one of my favourite times of year… Halloween!

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I don’t read many books that fall into the horror genre and whilst thrillers and mystery’s do tend to scare me sometimes, I don’t think I’d class them as favourites, so this is a bit of a mixed bunch.

Some of these books are downright scary, others are more psychologically harrowing, and I’ve even thrown in a few that tell a spooky story.

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

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This brilliant but vividly gory short story still haunts me to this day. I don’t want to give too much away but this is definitely worth a read.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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I’m not sure what it was but something about this book just freaked me out when I read it and I had the same reaction when I watched the film. It’s an interesting book and not an obviously scary one but it does have a spooky vibe about it.

The Goosebumps Series by R. L. Stine

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I loved these books when I was younger. I never actually owned them myself, so I used to sneak into my older brother’s room and borrow a few at a time. My favourite book in the series was ‘Say Cheese and Die!’ which I must have read at least 10 times.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

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The main reason this book makes this list is the pictures. They work so well with the book and the book definitely wouldn’t be the same without them but they are seriously disturbing.

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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There is one particular scene in this short story that has earned The Yellow Wallpaper is place on this list and if you’ve read it, I’m sure you’re already thinking of it. Yes, it’s the narrator creeping around her room having stripped the walls bare and caused her husband to faint at her feet. Reading this without reading the short story will probably have you thinking this doesn’t sound too spooky but trust me, in the wider context of the story, it is!

The Witches by Roald Dahl

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The book is downright scary and if you’ve seen the film version of this you will relate when I say that it traumatised me. I was quite young when I read the book, so I genuinely believed that these witches could be lurking around me in disguise!

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

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The remote setting and disturbing plot line are what makes this psychological horror so creepy. I would also like to take this opportunity to publicly declare that I am still not convinced about the ending of this book. Everyone keeps telling me he was insane all along, but I refuse to believe it.

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

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This isn’t necessarily spooky in the traditional sense of the word, but it is one scary read. True Crime is not a genre I often read as I’m easily scared but In Cold Blood is brilliant and worth being scared over.

Thanks for reading! Let me know some of you’re favourite spooky reads in the comments below! 

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Authors I’d Love to Meet

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top 10 Authors I’d Love to Meet

Hello, lovelies!

Welcome back to another Top 10 Tuesday! I hope you’ve all had a great start to your week!

If you’re not familiar with Top 10 Tuesday, it’s hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and features a different book related topic each week. This week weeks topic is the ‘Top 10 Authors I’d Love to Meet’.

I’ve decided to put my own spin on this week’s topic to include authors past and present as a lot of the authors that came to my mind are no longer with us.

If you’re also taking part in this weeks Top 10 Tuesday or if you’ve done a similar post in the past then please leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll check it out.

 

  1. Fredrik Backman

 

If you’ve read any of my other blog posts, you would have seen this one coming. I adore Frederick Backman’s books and would love the chance to meet him and hear all about the inspiration behind some of his eccentric characters.

 

  1. J. R.R Tolkien

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Tolkien is possibly my favourite storyteller of all time. No one can immerse their reader in a fictitious world quite like he does.

 

  1. Emily Bronte

As an English Literature graduate, it was hard not to make this list 100% classical authors. I’ve narrowed it down to a select few and obviously, Emily Bronte had to be on this list. I love all of the Bronte sisters writing but there is something so unique and inspiring about Emily’s work which makes her my favourite.

 

  1. Charles Dickens

I honestly don’t have a reason for including Dickens on this list other than its Dickens?!

 

  1. Suzanne Collins

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I would love to meet Suzanne Collins just to say thank you for writing the Hunger Games trilogy. These books shaped my teenage years and they are still amongst my favourite reads of all time.

 

  1. Daniel Handler/Lemony Snicket

Daniel Handler is a brilliant author and exceptional storyteller. The diversity in his writing abilities is inspiring and I’d love to find out how he goes from a dark and quirky mystery like ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ to a teen romance story like ‘Why We Broke Up’.

 

  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Just picture it, it’s the 1920’s, you’re in Paris in some sophisticated bar full of societies elite, you’re wearing an elegant dress with your hair pinned up and you’re sipping colorful cocktails whilst listening to some of the most outrageous anecdotes from Fitzgerald. Now doesn’t that sound like pure perfection?

 

  1. John Green

This is an obvious choice but I am a big John Green fan and I feel like we would have some interesting conversations.

  1. Cheryl Strayed

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I really enjoyed reading Wild and I would love to meet the inspiring Cheryl Strayed in person and hear more about her amazing journey.

 

  1. Sara Shepard

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I would love to know how Sara Shepard comes up with the twisted plot lines for her novels and also to get her opinion on the horror that was the PLL finale (and that tragic attempt at a British accent!).

 

Thanks for reading! Which authors would you love to meet? Let me know in the comments below!

September Wrap Up

September Wrap Up

Hello, lovelies!

I can’t believe how fast these months are going by, it barely feels like it’s been any time since I was writing my August wrap up!

September has been a brilliant month for books but not so much for blogging. I’ve been really busy, so I haven’t been able to dedicate as much time to my blog as I’d like but hopefully October will be a more productive month! I only read 5 books this month but most of them were great which is always a bonus. I’m yet to post my reviews on quite a few of these so keep a look out for them in the next few weeks.

My September Reads:

The Power by Naomi Alderman

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

You can read my review of this book here.

 

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

 

P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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My Rating: ★★★★☆

 

The Stranger Upstairs by Melanie Raabe

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My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

You can read my review of this book here.

Currently Reading: A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

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Look at that cover! I’ve only just started this book but so far I’m enjoying it so I can’t wait to see where Wood takes the story!

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Thanks for reading! Did you read any great books in September? What are you looking forward to reading in October? Let me know in the comments below!