Young Love Makes a Comeback (The Lara Jean Trilogy – A Book Review)

Lara Jean Trilogy
Author: Jenny Han
Published: 2014-2017

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Lara Jean Covey writes special letters. Ones that have her heart poured out all over them to boys she’s loved, but she’s never sent them. They reside in a special box where she can look at them whenever she wants. That is, until one day they’re mailed out and she’s confronted by Peter Kavinsky, lacrosse player and popular, who has one of her letters. And if he has one, then so do all of the other boys, including Josh Saunders, her next door neighbor and also her older sister’s ex-boyfriend.

In order to avoid utter embarrassment, Lara Jean kisses Peter and thus starts their fake relationship. She wants to avoid a confrontation with Josh and he wants to break free of his ex-girlfriend.

Throughout this trilogy, Lara Jean and Peter discover that they may actually like each other, but what does that mean? While Peter’s only been in love once, Lara Jean has never even kissed a boy. This is new territory for both of them and the trials and tribulations of high school will test them to their limits, but they love what they find in each other. Is it enough?

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This trilogy did something amazing for me. It brought back true love. The emotions of butterfly love and newness is relatable and so is Lara Jean’s insecurities that she has throughout the series, like comparing her worth to that of other girls. The journey through high school is a trial of firsts and mistakes to learn from and this did a beautiful job in showcasing some of them, proving that sometimes accidents lead to great things that never would’ve come to be otherwise.

Also, the amount of dedication to family that Lara Jean has was so inspiring. With an older sister and a younger sister, she makes being the middle child a beautiful thing when in fact being stuck in the middle is very hard because you can often feel like you’re being forgotten. Lara Jean doesn’t allow herself to get worried about being lost as the middle child with her incredible baking skills and keeping everybody balanced.

I loved this story for all of its lightheartedness. Young, true love definitely bloomed anew here and I will be returning to reread this story again, which is something I don’t do very often with books, but Jenny Han made it possible.

 

Quotables:

“To belong to someone—I didn’t know it, but now that I think about it, it seems like that’s all I’ve ever wanted.” (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara Jean, p. 190)

“According to Stormy, there are two kinds of girls in this world. The kind who breaks your heart and the kind who gets her heart broken.” (P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean, p. 92)

“Heed my advice, Lara Jean. Never say no when you really want to say yes.” (Stormy to Lara Jean, p. 20)

 

And, if you’re a fan of this series you can find an Instagram account that follows Lara Jean and Peter!

Lara Jean: itslarajeancovey

Peter: itspeterkavinsky

More to come soon…

K.

P.S. Song of the day? Shakespeare by Miranda Cosgrove.

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