Lara Jean has a love letter to deliver – this time on purpose. And it brings the wanted result: Peter actually wants to be with her. But their new relationship (this time for real!) is shaken when a video of the two of them kissing in a hot tub makes the rounds at school, quickly turning into a story of how the two of them had sex and into a meme. Lara Jean suspects Peter’s ex-girlfriend Genvieve of spreading the video and fears that Peter will take Gen’s side. And then a letter arrives, a reply to one of the letters she wrote that were sent out against her will and that got lost for a while: John Ambrose McClaren soon becomes a regular pen pal for Lara Jean.
P.S. I Still Love You is an entirely satisfying sequel and just a wonderful novel that I really didn’t want to put down and practically didn’t. It’s supersweet.
The first novel in the series had one of my favorite tropes in the whole world – fake dating. This one here deals with a love triangle, which is among my least favorite tropes as it is usually handled. This time, though, it was one of the least toxic example of a love triangle ever with three people who are genuinely nice and where you can see why Lara Jean can’t decide (at first). So, kudos to that.
And I have to say that reading this book after having seen the film adaptation of the first novel really hammered home how great of a casting choice Noah Centineo was – because he and Peter really have melted in my head. I did enjoy that melting.
I also loved the subplot around Lara Jean’s father, though generally, her family takes more of a backseat in this book compared to the first one, which is a bit of a pity. Though the family and Lara Jean’s Korean roots are still big enough of a part of the book that I didn’t mind too much.
I was a little weirded out with the World War II/50s nostalgia that is a part of the book. Especially since a lot of it came from Lara Jean – and since she is a POC I would have expected her to be a little more sensitive to the fact that racism (and many other things) really made that time no fun to be a POC in (not that today is racism-free, far from it, but things did change for the better).
I’m also a little torn about how the story with Genevieve ended. On the one hand, I love that she is more than just a mean girl, on the other hand, I felt that Lara Jean accepted a bit much responsibility for how screwed up their relationship has become. And even as I thought that, I started questioning my own reaction – maybe she should take it? But I guess it’s a good thing to be thinking about it in any case.
But most of all, it is again such a cute romance that I felt like squeezing things (and occasionally squealing) as I read it.