#McCovey vs #Coveynsky: The Duology Review

Now that the debate is over, we will be sharing our thoughts about the wonderful duology of Jenny Han, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. Stay with us and hear our thoughts about them sans the need to defend our beloved teams!

*Please expect minor spoilers.

to all the boysTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Jenny Han. Contemporary/Young Adult. 2014. 288 pages. 5 stars. [Sources: Bought]

“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I’m not longer consumed by my all-consuming love…My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.”

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

K:

The synopsis does not give the book justice.

The synopsis hints that this will be some cheesy book with a cheesy love triangle and a cheesy “I choose you, *insert boy’s name here*” type of ending.

If you like those kind of books (there is nothing wrong with that),you are reading the wrong review because this book is so much more than that. This book is about love, and friendship, and family. Emphasis on the family aspect.

This book is as fluffy as cotton balls, yet it hits you deeper than the usual YA contemporary. It has it’s funny parts (seriously, this book had me cracking up several times), yet it also has it’s sad parts. The plot may not be that relatable, but the characters and the dialogue make up for that.

This book is about our wonderful main character Lara Jean as she goes through half of her junior year of high school with the not-so-unfortunate-but-very-embarrassing incident explained in the synopsis. One of the boys who receives a love letter is…

Peter Kavinsky, my bae who gave Lara Jean’s first kiss at the age of twelve. He is a wonderful human being. He’s caring, sweet, funny, and all really really cute. And funny. And everything. He is perfect! Team #Coveynsky all the way! (And don’t forget to vote for Coveynsky in our debate please).

I can go on and on about Peter, but really, you’ll discover more about him when you read the book. And if you have read it, we can fangirl together in the comments! Reading this book is like being on a happy pill. I’d give this book more than 5 stars if I could.

P.S. SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO DRIVE LIKE LARA JEAN! I am one of those people who has her (lack of) skill.

N:

I didn’t expect a contemporary book to be this good. I remember reading it back in October 2014 and I finished it in one sitting. For a realistic and “typical” plot, it captivated me and I found myself loving the book, especially its characters.

The Song girls make me wish I had that kind of strong bond with my siblings. (I mean, we’re relatively close but the sibling wars just hinder our potential Song-girls kind of relationship!) As the eldest sister, I can relate to Margot a lot more than Lara Jean. Her role and duties made the book very real and very personal to me, and that was one of the many things I liked about this book. Lara Jean, however, I found a hard time relating to and I don’t know why. Nonetheless, I love her character. AND THEN WE HAVE KITTY!!!! A ball of sunshine. A cute star. She was the highlight of book. She was amazing. I love her. Come to think of it, this duology never would have happened if it weren’t for Kitty!

The writing style of this book was very easy to absorb. No too-deep plot twists. No nonsense kind of drama. It was set around high school and everything you could possibly imagine that would happen in it. It’s your typical good feel book and I’d like to give a special shout out to…..

Peter Kavinsky. And yes, I know, I know I’m team #McCovey but technically speaking in this book, the ship hasn’t sailed yet! Where do I start with Peter? He’s cute, he’s charming, he’s funny, and have I mentioned he’s cute? I’ve got to say I’ve had trouble mentally picturing him in my mind because until I read the sequel (and was embarrassingly put in my place by a few friends) I had pictured Peter as a blonde guy… And I thought John Ambrose McClaren was brunette… Safe to say I was more than surprised knowing I had it all backwards.

Overall, this was a very fun and light read for all you contemporary-loving booklings!

ps i still love youP.S. I Still Love You. Jenny Han. Contemporary/Young Adult. 2015. 337 pages. 4 stars. [Sources: Bought]

“There are two kinds of girls in this world. The kind who breaks hearts and the kind who gets her heart broken.”

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.

K:

This is a praiseworthy sequel. I’m not necessarily the biggest fan of sequels, but this one is really good.

It starts off a few days after To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before ended, and let me tell you, the story is fantastic! We are introduced to a new character, John Ambrose McClaren. He is wonderful, and I admit that I swooned for him a bit. We get some backstory as to why Genevieve and Lara Jean’s friendship ended. We also get to see more Peter Kavinsky! YAY!!!

It’s rare that you see a couple that’s in a  relationship in YA contemporary books. You normally see the mutual understanding escalate and become a couple in the last chapter. Then the book ends. Ugh. Fortunately, in this book, you get to see the struggles of Lara Jean and Peter, and no matter how frustrating some of the scenes are, they’re still adorable in a quirky way (if that makes sense). This book strengthened my love for Peter. ❤

We also get to see some more touching family scenes. There’s this one in particular between Lara Jean and Kitty that’s very touching and relatable. We also see some wonderful scenes between Lara Jean and Margot. I wish Margot was my older sister. *Sigh*

Overall, this was an enjoyable read and reaaaalllllyyyyy cute. I give this book 4.5 stars.

N:

To show you how excited I was for this book, let me admit that I pre-ordered this book at least 8 times in Fullybooked or NBS. I was simply that excited. Can you imagine the hype I was in when I finally got the text a day before it’s scheduled publish date that my copy was ready for pick up?! I immediately got my copy and held it at my highest pedestal of “Books I Need To Read.”

I was so excited to read more of Peter Kavinsky and the introduction of my one true love, John Ambrose McClaren!! I think we all universally agree that his face claim is Lucas Till, and honey me oh my what a glorious claim that was!

The story started not too long after where we left off in To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before with Lara Jean attempting to give her complete letter to Peter and, as expected, getting back together with him.

The story takes off in an unexpected turn with the video leak that brings out the feministic views of the characters which I really really reaaallllyyyyy loved!

“Your body is yours to protect and to enjoy.” She raises both eyebrows at me meaningfully. “Whoever you should choose to partake in that enjoyment, that is your choice, and choose wisely. Every man that ever got to touch me was afforded an honor. A privilege.” Stormy waves her hand over me. “All this? It’s a privilege to worship at this temple, do you understand my meaning? Not just any young fool can approach the throne. Remember my words, Lara Jean. You decide who, how far, and how often, if ever.”

“Society is far too caught up in shaming a woman for enjoying sex and applauding a man.”

With the heated battle between Genevieve and Lara Jean, the return of John Ambrose McClaren, and Lara Jean’s attempt to patch things up with Josh, this book was jam packed without a dull moment to spare! I’ve got to say that one of my favorite parts in the book was when they played Assassins. I was so amused by the idea that I told Kyra we should play it around university with a few friends sometime!

A really good book, though I’ll have to rate it 4 stars due to my dissatisfaction with its ending. Nonetheless, still a wonderful masterpiece.

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