Whoa, I finally read this, what a shocker.
So I know, It’s been a while, even though I said that I was “””back””” from my hiatus. To be honest, I’m just going to take blogging slowly, and focus more on reading rather than always having something to talk about on my blog, and just blog when I feel like it.
Anyway, this book. I started it this summer, read forty/fifty pages, out it down because of that hideous SLUMP that took over my brain, and then I picked it up again and read the rest in one sitting. To be honest, I think that the ending saved the book.
More on that later. I’m probably giving it 4 stars out of five, just for the ending and the character arc of Lara Jean and the general plot. While I was reading it I was thinking, ohh this is probably going to be a three star read, maybe 3.5, even though I couldn’t put it down.
I don’t think that I’ve disliked a group of characters more?
ANYWAY. BEFORE I TALK FOR A TRILLION YEARS. LET’S GET ON WITH THE REVIEW.
I think that the main reason that I’m not rating this book VERY high is due to the characters. If I’m honest, I didn’t like them all thatttt much (apart from kitty) and I kind of just wanted them to shush for a minute while reading it.
While I thought that Lara Jean was perfectly nice, sometimes I was thinking, just please shut up. But, I think that her character grew A LOT in the book because by the end of it her perspective was a lot more mature and not infuriating to read. Towards the end, I didn’t really understand?????????? why she wouldn’t just talk about it, but then, if I’m honest, I think that the ending leads really nicely onto the next book (which, yes, i really want to read even though the characters in this book weren’t my faves).
So what I think my main issue with Lara Jean was that this book was in the first person. I don’t think that it would have worked in 3rd, but I ALWAYS find the first person a bit nagging, and this book was no exception.
Saying that, she did grow a lot and she was a really conscientious person and it’s obvious that she cares a lot about her family, which redeems her annoying narrative A LOT.
I also really didn’t like Margot until the end??????? I thought that she was far too pressuring and bossy, frankly quite mean, until we got her perspective later on. And only then did I really start to understand, but still, think that she was unnecessarily harsh.
ALSO KITTY: I really liked her character, and I just wanted more SASS from her because some of the things that she said were HILARIOUS.
Peter K. I had mixed feelings about the entire time. Sometimes, he could be a great guy, and increasingly was towards the end of the book, but at the start, he was a real jerk that I wanted to run over with his own Audi. He did start to Step Up towards the end of the book and had a very pleasing character arc. I really liked the dynamic between him and Lara Jean tho, because a lot of it was really fun to read. THOUGH GOSH HE COULD BE ANNOYING.
josh. i don’t like him. simple. i just don’t get him. he was good at the start, but towards the end… no. just no. he’s not worthy of capital letters. he was so against everything that Lara Jean did even though it was approximately 0% of his business and goshhhh can he just be quiet. i kind of feel bad for him, because it was all super crazy, but he handled everything like a jackass and was super negative and goddd those of you who’ve read it know which part i’m talking about when i say: he’s gross and needs to know when to back off he was dating margot ffs.
So while the characters were annoying, (apart from kitty my child) I REALLY enjoyed the plot. I couldn’t put it down. As I said, I read it in one sitting.
I thought that maybe it was a little bit slow in the beginning before all the things really started to happen. I loved how fast paced it got and how it was just such an easy read to get lost in, which always shows that it’s a good book.
I thought that it was totally dramatic and I loved it. I was just fun to read and had some heart-warming moments between the infuriating characters and I really liked most of the dynamic between Peter and Lara Jean.
I REALLY liked the amount of family that was in this book because you don’t see a lot of that in YA these days, it’s all parties or something and I like how this book had a balance.
NO, I can’t wait to read the next book. If my ship doesn’t stay together I’m calling a formal protest, alright? and let’s pray that they’re not really annoying in this book. I have no idea where this series is going to go, but I can’t wait to find out. So, thinking about it now, I’m probably going to stick with 3.5/5 stars, just because of how much many of the characters annoyed me (josh in particular) but I will say: it was fun and had such a crazy plot that I couldn’t put it down!
have you read this book? what did you think of it? how high/low did you rate it? have you read the rest of the trilogy? does it get better (i need to know this)??? do you prefer first or third person? did you prefer the movie? Let me know!!!!