Five Reasons to Read PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han | #3DaysofLaraJean | Giveaway

May 10, 2017 / 22 Comments / Book Extras, Book List, Feature, Review

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Hi guys! Welcome to #3DaysofLaraJean, in which I celebrate all things pretty, lacey, and sweet about Lara Jean Song Covey, the heroine of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series.

For the next three days, I’ll be reviewing the final two books of the trilogy and sharing some of my favorite moments and thoughts about what has become one of my favorite contemporary series. Also! Jenny Han will be stopping by the blog for a Q&A in which I talk all things Lara Jean (and Belly-Conrad-Jeremiah) with her!

Schedule:

Day 1 – 5 Reasons to Read PS I Still Love You (you’re here!)

Day 2 – Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Day 3 – Q&A with Jenny Han

 

And…there’s a Canada-wide giveaway for all of you Lara Jean lovers.

So, without further ado, let’s chat about PS I Still Love You!

Five Reasons to Read PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han | #3DaysofLaraJean | GiveawayP.S. I Still Love You

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Author: Jenny Han
Find the author: Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr
Also by this author: To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2
Also in this series: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publication date: May 26, 2015
Source: Purchased from Audible.com, Purchased on BookOutlet.com
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
My rating:
Buy It: Indigo.ca | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | IndieBound | The Book Depository | iTunes | Google Books | B&N | Audible

Given the way love turned her heart in the New York Times bestselling To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which School Library Journal called a “lovely, lighthearted romance,” it’s no surprise that Laura Jean still has letters to write.
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 already reviewed To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before a few months ago, and since we’re already past release date for Always and Forever, Lara Jean, I thought I’d do a fun post on the things I loved about PS I Still Love You. If you’ve already read the book, I hope this will be a great reminder of all the amazingness in book 2 of this series.

FIVE REASONS TO READ PS I STill Love You by Jenny Han

Minor spoilers for this book and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Photo: Jenny Han

Epic Cake Competition: I mean, if you love Lara Jean, you probably like talking about baked goods, right? PS I Still Love You sees Lara Jean entering an amazing cake competition, and I was basically salivating the whole time.

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Harriet the Spy would excel at Assassin.

A High-Stakes, Elaborate Game of Spy Tag: Aka Assassin. It’s basically the most sneaky, stalker-ish game of tag ever, where when you’re out, you steal the next person’s target. And it goes on for weeks. I seriously need to do this with my friends!

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Gilmore Girls
“We’ve Got Magic To Do” (Episode #605)
Credit: © The WB/Patrick Ecclesine

Costume Parties: MAN, Lara Jean loves dressing up. And she loves throwing a good party. So nothing made me more excited than the fact that she gets to throw a USO themed party. Think Rory in this Gilmore Girls episode. I CANNOT with this, you guys. 

heart squeezing romanceJohn Ambrose McLaren: Jenny Han is on the record as saying that John Ambrose McLaren is the reason she wrote PS I Still Love You. And as someone who seems to always choose her not-as-popular love triangle choice, I of course, ADORED John. He’s a good boy, the smart, sweet one, the guy who treats Lara Jean right and adores her. But…

Buffy Scooby gang friendsMessy Relationships: Like To All the Boys, like many of Jenny Han’s books, the story and the characters are messy and all twisted together. And the choices that Lara Jean makes are not always ones that I would make (yes, I’m talking about her romantic choices as well as her friend choices). But that’s the beauty of these books. The realness of making sometimes imperfect choices. The recognition that friendship is not fixed or easy. The acknowledgment that not everything is perfect, but you still find magic in what you have.

The Final Word:

You guys, I could have listed at least five other things that made me really enjoy PS I Still Love You (Kitty’s sleepover! The Peter K necklace! Jamie Fox-Pickle! Lara Jean’s dad! STORMY!). For me, though, it’s one of those books where the whole was not quite the sum of its parts. At the end of this book, I felt like only a few things had gotten unraveled…which is why I was so glad to see that there was a third book coming out.

Reading PS I Still Love You swung me from euphoria that Lara Jean had gotten together with Peter, to horror and frustration at a really nasty social media situation, to feeling like Lara Jean had a better romantic option, to realizing just what Lara Jean’s growth was going to be in this book. Out of the three books, I think it’s the loosest, but it also has so many moments and elements that made me happy that I couldn’t help but love it.

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So my question to you: How did you feel about PS I Still Love You? Did you love it? Are you a fan of John Ambrose McLaren? Were you confused by it? Did you feel like it was open-ended? And are you just as happy as I am that Always and Forever, Lara Jean happened?

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So. The amazing people at Simon & Schuster Canada have offered a prize pack of the following:

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  • Signed copies of all three Lara Jean books
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before nail decals
  • A Lara Jean recipe from Jenny Han (!!!)
  • Possibly more swag (they told me to stay tuned!)

If you guys have seen Jenny’s Instagram, you know this stuff is COVETED. If you’re in Canada, sign up now! This is a short giveaway, I’ll be picking a winner next week.

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Day 1 – 5 Reasons to Read PS I Still Love You (you’re here!)

Day 2 – Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Day 3 – Q&A with Jenny Han


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22 responses to “Five Reasons to Read PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han | #3DaysofLaraJean | Giveaway

  1. So sadly I don’t live in Canada and can’t enter but I just finished my re-read of the first book today and already hopped onto Book Depository to grab the other two so I can read and love them both and just fangirl over the cuteness of Lara Jean and her family! This is honestly one of my favourite series for how heart warming and adorable it is!

  2. ooh, I just love this series! Admittedly I’ve only read the first one but it was the best. I need to read the next two. I’m so excited for the Q&A!

  3. Susan T.

    I haven’t read any of this trilogy yet although I’ve been meaning to get started on them. Now that the last one id out I have no excuse! I like happy, sweet books in the summer so these would be perfect!

  4. Wendy Galarza

    These have been on my TBR list for a while. I’d love to read them all. Thanks for sharing your book love Tiff.

  5. I love that tag game part, it was really fun! I also can’t wait to read Always and Forever because I want more John Ambrose McLaren!

  6. I read and loved To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but haven’t read PS I Still Love You yet. I love how Lara Jean is just a regular girl, very relatable and easy to like and connect with. Now that the third book is out I should bump them up on my TBR!

  7. Megan S.

    AHHH, thank you so much for making this one international. I adored To All the Boys I Loved Before. Especially the family aspect, I just love Lara Jean’s family <3

  8. For some reason I only read the first book in this series, but I really loved it. It has such a sweet feel and I love the baking aspect. I’ll have to read the next two books soon!!

  9. Lisa

    I have read to All The Boys I’ve ever Loved and I own the second book but haven’t got around to read it yet. I loved the storyline, it was perfect.

  10. Febie

    I haven’t read any of these books but I have heard a lot of good things about this series. Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  11. Zipora

    I have read the first two books, but since it was a while ago and I have horrible memory, I don’t remember much of it other than liking it a lot!! I would definitely have to re-read the books to prepare for this surprise trilogy! I’m always a sucker for contemporary ya lit <33

  12. Summer

    I loved the first two books, sometimes triangles are tricky for me, but I liked the one here because both guys were legitimately good options, I didn’t dislike Lara Jean’s scenes with either one, which is where it usually goes wrong for me with a triangle, where I’m like can we just get back to the parts with that other guy instead.

  13. Cecilia

    I think I literally went out and got a copy of this book from the library the day this review came out. I’m reading it right now and some of the scenes are SO CUTE and the dialogue is gold, even when Lara Jean was panicking about the video situation (which sounds horrifying!). Haven’t gotten to the love triangle part yet, but I had a feeling it was gonna be John Ambrose McLaren because of what happened in the first book.

  14. Morelia Garcia

    I’ve only been able to read the first book in the series but I am so excited to continue! These books are definitely interesting and so good! Lara Jean and the whole clan are the cutest!

  15. Darlene

    I actually have not yet read any books by Jenny Han but have heard lots of praise for her books! This series seems to me to be great summer beach reading! Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Tamara

    I have read the first two books and I really enjoyed them. I like the diverse characters and the relationship between Lara Jean and her sisters.

  17. Michelle Ransom

    I really want to read these books so badly. I was going to read them a bit ago but then I heard Always and Forever Lara Jean was coming out so I thought I would wait until it came out to read them. The covers are so beautiful and I’ve heard nothing but good about them!

  18. Kristin

    I have read the first two books this past summer during my first and second year of grad school. I knew that Jenny Han was an Asian writer in the YA world, but I never sought her out until recently. I also love that Lara Jean is very much her own well-rounded person even though her indecisiveness and naivety can be annoying which I think is what Han intended. I would love to get my hands on this trilogy as I’m on bed rest for the next two weeks after ACL surgery.

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