Series: To All the Boys I've Loved Before #2
Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster BYR on May 26, 2015
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Narrator: Laura Knight Keating
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
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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.
One Line: Even better then the first. I loved Lara Jean and family!
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
I think I liked this book a lot better than the first. I was definitely invested more. There just seemed to be more going on in this book, more of Lara Jean’s development and growth, and more of the Song family. Just more! Everything about this book was sweet, cute, and so relatable. I loved that Han addressed some very important issues in life and it made me think a lot while reading. I’ve always hated the double standard of how girls are deemed as sluts while boys get a pat on the back whenever “scandalous” events are shared in the public.
I adored Lara Jean so much in this book. I don’t really remember if I liked her so much in the first book, but she really stood out to me in this one. And I adored her family. Han places such an emphasis on family and I just couldn’t get enough of Lara Jean’s. Her father is the sweetest and her sisters are great. It makes me think of my family how the hubs interacts with our daughters. There are a few awkward moments, but so many touching ones. I loved it. And I liked the bond that LJ shared with her sisters. They had some minor ups and downs, but their bond was strong and I liked that they were there for each other when it counted.
I was back and forth with Peter, but in the end, he wasn’t too bad. He definitely had his sweet and caring moments, he also did a few jerk moves and even though it wasn’t intentional, I didn’t like how he didn’t put her first in his life. They did have a cute relationship and I liked that they talked a lot of things out and how their relationship developed. I don’t feel like I really got to know the other guy enough to root for him. They had sweet moments and there was definitely potential, but I couldn’t see any depth to it. Oh, and I couldn’t stand Gen. She really worked my nerves and even though they had a past, I couldn’t get over what she did to LJ.
This book, this series, is def my fave from Jenny Han. By the way, I totally want a Jamie Fox Pickle in my life. This is the perfect book for teens, honestly, for readers of all ages. It’s very heart-warming and filled with a lot of relatable and realistic moments. Han has a winner with series, especially this book, with me and I’ll definitely be adding this to shelves. Sure, I could’ve used more of an ending, as it was left very open, but those kinds of endings just leaves things up to the reader’s imagination, and I can imagine a lot of what LJ will go through next.
Thoughts on the Narrator
This was another first-time narrator for me and I really liked her as Lara Jean. I could picture her portraying her and I think she did a great job with all the inflections and emotions, more so for LJ than for the guys. It’s always difficult for narrators to get the opposite sex voices just right, but she did okay for the most part. Her voice kept me engaged and I felt better connected to LJ through her narration. I really enjoyed listening to her.