Warning: This post will contain spoilers. I normally try to steer clear of those, but I just can’t talk about this book without spoiling some things.
Lara Jean likes Peter for real and it looks like he likes her back, but she’s not quite sure how to act in this new, real relationship. So she and Peter draw up a new contract. Peter will not be more than five minutes late. Lara Jean will not make Peter do crafts of any kind. Peter doesn’t have to call Lara Jean before he goes to bed at night, but he can if he feels like it. Lara Jean will only go to parties if she feels like it. Peter will give Lara Jean rides whenever she wants. Lara Jean and Peter will always tell each other the truth. Peter and Lara Jean will not break each other’s hearts.
I FEEL SO CONFLICTED ABOUT THIS BOOK. I remember really liking the first one, but as I started to read this one, I couldn’t remember why I liked Peter or even why I liked Lara Jean. I will say, though, I still LOVE Kitty. She’s probably my favorite character. I’m sure she’d be hard to live with, but she’s awesome to read about. But back to Peter and Lara Jean. I just didn’t get why they were together. I didn’t see what Lara Jean saw in Peter besides his good looks. What else is there about him? He just doesn’t seem like her type at all. It was also hard for me to see what Peter saw in Lara Jean. Why does he want to be with her so bad? I just don’t get it. Somehow they made sense to me in the first book, but not in this one.
So…the love triangle. I agree with some reviewers that it was a little much to add a second love triangle to the series. But let’s be honest, Jenny Han loves writing about love triangles (I mean, you guys have read her Summer series, right?) What I’m trying to say is, this shouldn’t have been unexpected and frankly, I like John better. I think he and Lara Jean are MUCH better suited for one another. Just take the end and compare John’s birthday present versus Peter’s. John gives her this wonderful gift, a snow globe that Lara Jean LOVES. He obviously thought really hard about what to give her and just naturally seems to be on the same wavelength. Peter’s gift, on the other hand, pales in comparison. He gives her back the necklace (which he took back from her in the first place) and it’s not even like he came up with that idea on his own. Lara Jean had told him that she liked the necklace. No way Peter would have thought to get that for her by himself. Also, John definitely would have written an original poem for Lara Jean on Valentine’s Day.
In the end, not only do I feel like Lara Jean chose the wrong guy, but it was also very sudden. First Peter’s kind of being a jerk but then all of a sudden he wants Lara Jean back and it all seems very random and happens within five pages. Honestly, it seemed more like Peter wanted to keep John from having Lara Jean than Peter actually wanting Lara Jean for her. Whatever. I don’t get it, but whatever.
Last thing: there was one part of the book that especially bothered me on a more personal level. Lara Jean and Peter are in the tree house and their conversation leads to Peter saying something like, “Any guy who says he doesn’t watch porn is lying” and Lara Jean isn’t even fazed by it. What? First of all, what Peter is saying here isn’t true. It’s just not. Second of all, Lara Jean should definitely be bothered by this! Ignore any moral or religious beliefs regarding porn–porn is scientifically proven to be damaging to individuals and relationships. Porn is harmful and addictive and–despite the attempts of the media to normalize it–is not okay. Go to www.fightthenewdrug.org for more information on how Porn Kills Love. I’ll get off my soapbox now. Sorry, not sorry.
Overall Rating: 3
Language: Moderate. A few scenes with strong language.
Sexual Content: Heavy. Nothing explicit, but pretty constant talk throughout.