Title: Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Author: Jenny Han
Published: May 2017
I recommend reading the previous two books in this series before reading further.
Summary: It’s senior year for Lara Jean and it is smooth sailing for her and Peter. With the end of senior year nearing Lara Jean is considering her future and how her relationship with Peter might fit into it.
Why I Am Recommending: So I have to confess that I intentionally steer away from giving young adult books five stars out of my grown adult pride, but I don’t care who judges, I loved this book! The third book in this series may just be my very favorite. Lara Jean is such a lovable character. She is sweet and hopeful and I love getting swept up in her baking frenzies. Her relationship with Peter is the cutest. They have a really wholesum relationship that I would wish for any of my nieces and nephews. Peter is such a good guy. I absolutely swoon at the sweet and thoughtful things he does for Lara Jean, especially his regard for her family. Her family is such a positive part of this story. She isn’t what teenagers are often portrayed in relation to their families. She loves her family and respects her dad. She isn’t rolling her eyes at them or painting them to be irrational creatures. I have a deep affection for her family. The family dynamics, especially with the addition of her dad dating, was a really positive aspect of this book and the whole series. The Song-Covey family is completely endearing. I rarely read a book with all positive characters. There really isn’t a villian, except maybe college admission offices. I loved that portion of this book, which allowed me to watch the college admission process through the eyes of a sweet character I have grown to love totally, which consequently challenged my belief system about a process I know intimately. This book was a heart-warming, cotton-candy read that I wish I could go back and do all over again. Jenny Han has my heart. I started her other series, The Summer I Turned Pretty, a while ago, but now I feel motivated to get back to it. Her writing hits my nostalgic nerve in the perfect way.