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P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
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really liked it
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3.5 Stars! Unfortunately, I struggle a bit with this sequel (this is typical of me) but overall, I enjoyed my time re-entering this story.

For a large part of this book, I was afraid I had fallen out of touch with this story. I read book one when I was 18 and finally decided to continue 3 years later. Many of the tropes I no longer enjoy and critiques I used to skip over due to lack of reading experience unfortunately dragged down the story and I essentially felt as if I had gotten "too old" to enjoy this story in the same way. Luckily, the majority of my issues were resolved by the ending and I was able to end this book feeling more connected to the story.

My favorite thing about this story is the family dynamic. A close-knit family of sisters and dedicated, loving father is not always common in young adult stories that are often full of absent families. I LOVE the interactions between the Song sisters. They are supportive, caring, dependable, love each other deeply. They do bicker like normal sisters, but their relationship is so inspiring and desirable. Their father is also kind, open-minded, and extremely supportive. The Song-Covey family is absolutely one of my favorite sibling-parent relationships in all of literature.

Unfortunately, my biggest issue with the novel was the attitude of the main love interest. The only way to describe my feelings throughout this book is "uncomfortable" - I was very uncomfortable with Peter's choices and reactions to issues within this sequel. I understand that a lot of the jealousy, deception by omission, and prioritizing the "wrong" people are things that do happen in real life, especially for teens in relationships, but I can't possibly write this review without expressing how much I disagreed with it. I'm pleased that attempts at resolutions are made in the end, but I do feel some points were skipped over and not fully addressed for the sake of completing the novel more quickly.

Another issue I had with this book was the introduction of a second love triangle. I know book one was basically built upon this trope (hence, why I feared I had grown out of my capacity to enjoy book two) but it felt so unnecessary. The conflict between Lara Jean and Peter was individually complex enough to exist without developing another potential love interest. It felt as if Peter was being villainized due to the introduction of this character, and this character was glorified to force readers to prefer them over Peter. I really dislike feeling as if the author is forcing me to feel a certain way or "pick a certain ship" so this aspect really rubbed me the wrong way. Again, I do feel it was resolved in the end, better than my first critique, so I'm not bothered any further.

Despite my critiques, I still really enjoyed re-entering this story. A lot of times, the final judge of my enjoyment of a book is how motivated I am to find out what happens in the end and my desire to keep reading. For the first time ever, I actually had to stop listening to the audiobook because I needed to know what happened (albeit, mostly out of frustration). I switched to the physical book and stayed up well past my bed time to complete the story. When I reflect on P.S. I Still Love You, I will definitely remember the issues I had. But I will also remember how this book affected me emotionally, more than many books have in the last year, so it still left a positive, lasting impression. I'm continuing with the series as I write this review and I'm enjoying the conclusion more than book two, so I would still recommend this series as a unique, lovable contemporary romance.
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Reading Progress

December 26, 2017 – Started Reading
December 28, 2017 – Shelved
December 28, 2017 –
62.0% "I'm very much enjoying being back in this story but I really can't stand it when an author is forcing the reader to feel a certain way ://"
December 29, 2017 – Finished Reading
February 13, 2018 – Shelved as: audiobooks

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DaisyLola I really want to read the first one!

Berta Kaisr I completely agree with you on all the issues expressed!!

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