Always and Forever, Lara Jean, by Jenny Han
Lara Jean is having the best senior year.
And there's still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend, Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad's wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she'll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.
Life couldn't be more perfect!
At least, that's what Lara Jean thinks . . . until she gets some unexpected news.
New the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans--but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
The stunning conclusion to my Jenny Han Book Review Marathon is here! Once again, I will give the warning that there are *slight* spoilers for the previous two books included in my review. So, read at your own risk!
With Lara Jean's senior year of high school coming to a close, the gang is preparing to run to opposite corners of the world--Chris jetting away to South America, Lucas to New York City, and Lara Jean and Peter set to start their freshman year of UVA together.
But not everything goes to plan.
After Lara Jean is rejected from UVA, she's sent into a tailspin. UVA had been her dream school since she was a child. She has no backup school. And there would be no Peter.
Lara Jean isn't the only one going through growing pains. Lara Jean's little sister, Kitty, is determined to find her father his dream woman.
And Lara Jean's dad isn't the only one with budding relationship in the Covey household. Margot returns from Scotland with a new boyfriend, Ravi. And I admit, I *really* liked Josh, and I *really* didn't want to like Margot's new boyfriend. But that was a battle I lost almost immediately. Ravi has an English accent, is insanely polite, is a full-blooded Hufflepuff and is almost *impossible* not to like.
Margot and Ravi seem made for each other, and while Lara Jean used to think the same thing about her and Peter, she's beginning to have second thoughts. After they are sent to different schools, and forced into what could be a one-to-four-year long-term relationship, she begins to wonder if she should listen to her mother's advice.
Never go to college with a boyfriend.
One of my only complaints is that there was practically no Josh in the book. I'm aware that he isn't really a huge influence to the plot anymore, but he was hardly even mentioned. And I love Josh! :(
There was also a lot of college decision making, and event planning on Lara Jean's part, and while it was necessary to the plot--it wasn't the most interesting to read about. This book--while amazing--definitely was the slowest paced out of the three. This might not bother some people, but I am *insanely* picky when it comes to the pacing of a story.
You can read a free excerpt of Always and Forever, Lara Jean, HERE and you can find Jenny Han's website HERE