I…don’t think this was the right time for me to read this book. I mean, I thought it was, because I wanted a light quick read and this seemed to be the one. But…maybe not.
Let’s dive right in!
(Found on 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.
*Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book. This in no way affects my opinion.*
How to go about this review.
I’m not quite sure. Simply because I knew exactly what I was getting into when picking up this book. I knew it would be cringey and full of romance – something I can only handle in small doses – and yet I still went bulldozing in.
But somewhere along the line, that backfired.
While I enjoyed the first book, this one…not so much. And I know exactly why: this one is focused solely on the romance. That’s it. There’s no other storyline. Some might argue that some of the events act as their own storyline, but no, I don’t think so. They weren’t “big” enough or separate enough from the romance side of things, and so the entire book was about this relationship. Which granted, I should have known was coming. I was kind of just hoping something else would happen, just to the limelight off the romance a bit.
Because zeesh, was this book a whole heap of cringe.
So many times, I actually internally shuddered and facepalmed thinking DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY SAY THESE THINGS?
Maybe I’m too cynical. Maybe most people read this kind of things a swoon because it’s oh-so romantic. And if that’s true for you – great! I’m glad you enjoyed. I’m glad this book will have given you that happy bubble feeling. But for me? No thank you.
But along with the overwhelmingly cringey romance, there was also what seemed to be a huge amount of girl-hate. Which to be fair, seems pretty normal for the ages of the characters in this book. But first there was the whole Genevieve situation, which quite frankly I was sick to the teeth of hearing about.
Leave the damn girl alone! But also just in smaller, subtle ways, many of the girls in this book were called sluts or called out for something as small as kissing their boyfriends. And sure – sometimes there would be those random tidbits of “oh that’s not fair, the guys don’t get this” but it just…didn’t really balance out.
That being said, it wasn’t a total fail. I didn’t HATE it. It was a quick read, and would be nice for those sunny days where you just want to lounge around reading something light and unserious.
And there was Kitty. Gotta love Kitty.
I do have hope for the final book. From what I’ve heard, it focuses on the characters growing up and making decisions about colleges etc etc, which hopefully will give us something else to focus on besides the romance. We’ll see.
Rated 2/5 stars
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