Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #3) by Jenny Han
Published May 2, 2017, by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers.
YA > Contemporary, Romance
#1: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before | #2: P.S. I Still Love You
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Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.
But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Release Date: May 26th, 2015
Series: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2 | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Why did I wait so long to read this book?! From the moment I finished To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before I needed to know how it would end for Lara Jean and Peter. And I’m so happy to say that P.S. I Still Love You made me quite happy!
While the first book I remember being a lighter and fluffier read, showing the antics that brought Lara Jean and Peter together, this one I found to be a bit more serious. Lara Jean and Peter go through their struggles, so there is an emphasis on first serious relationships and the emotions they bring. There’s also a large emphasis on family once again. The diversity of having a Korean-American main character was awesome. We got to learn a bit about the Song family’s traditions. And of course, there’s the friendship aspect of the book. The Lara Jean-Genevieve friendship is dealt with much more, and we get to learn more about the two when they were children, and just their childhoods in general.
I loved all of those three aspects of the book, but I of course loved the romance too. Peter Kavinsky is such a sweet, and real guy. The relationship and story is all portrayed in such a real way that’s relatable. There wasn’t one point while I was reading that I thought something happening could have been fake.
The one thing that I didn’t like about this was the introduction of another love interest. I didn’t like the timing of a new possible relationship for Lara Jean when it came up in the story. I’m a Peter girl, that’s for sure!
If you’ve read the first book, this is a must read. It won’t disappoint you. If anything, I think that there’s a very high chance you reading this book will make you love Lara Jean and Peter even more!
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Top Ten Books to Put in Your Beach Bag
This week was a freebie and with summer fast approaching (where I’m from it’s already really warm!) I jumped at the chance to talk about summery books! All my picks I consider to be “beach” or “poolside” reads that I think are a must to pack in your bag when you’re headed to the beach!
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Lately I have been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do after high school and college. I know that’s way off in the future, but I’m getting really excited about it! I’ve known for a long time that I want to go into the graphic design field. More recently I’ve been looking into jobs that combine both my love of books and design into one. I’ve pulled up many publishers’ job openings pages and scrolled to find the art and design occupations and I guess I’ve finally decided on the exact job I want: I want to design book covers.
Some people may think that in a world where there’s the possibility to be a scientist or a doctor, being a designer isn’t the best job choice. I get the impression my counselor at school feels this way. She tried to discourage me from the arts and even went as far as saying that I shouldn’t want to be a “starving artist.” Of course I don’t want to be a starving artist, but art is a passion of mine, just as books are. I strongly believe that going to work as a designer every day would make my days enjoyable instead of some that wish they chose a different path.
Clearly I love art, but the thing that I realized told myself that graphic arts was the way to go was when I discovered that I have an obsession with FONTS. Typography, typeface, whatever you want to call it. I love it. And I love the way an artist can blend typography together with a photograph, or other art to create a book cover.
Even more importantly, I love the way in which a book cover has the ability to influence a person’s decision about whether or not they pick a book up to see what it’s all about. I want to be able to catch a person’s eye with a cover I’ve designed and be able to know that I helped someone experience a new story. That feeling would be worth the world to me. Because let’s face it, we all judge books by their covers.
What really got me thinking about this was that I recently bought Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. That cover has to be one of my favorite covers of all time. It’s simple, yet gets the vibe of the story across perfectly. I’m pretty much obsessed with it. So I did my research. I found out the jacket designer was Lucy Ruth Cummins and she designed more of my all time favorite covers, too!
I’m not really sure the point of this post other than to talk to you guys about the future I’m hoping for and my love of covers. But, if any of you are cover designers or work in the design department of publishing I would love to hear more about the job itself. The good and the bad, what you like and dislike, etc. I want to know all about it! Also tips on courses I may want to take in the future to better my chances of getting a position…anything and everything I want to hear it!
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Top [Eight] Books with Great Friendships
Lately in YA there aren’t a ton of books focusing on just friendships. I think there should definitely be more out there. Romance is slipped into almost every place possible so I found this week’s topic to be a challenge. I changed it a little to fit my needs.
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