Always and Forever, Lara Jean: Book Review

Finally, we reach the end. And while I should feel a bit nostalgic, I’m just really pleased that Jenny Han was able to finish strong.

More often than not, series endings tend to feel a bit stretched and even rushed.

But in Always and Forever, Lara Jean, every flip of a page felt like a chapter closing in—a story coming to a well-deserved end.

Even if I seem to like a lot of main characters in the past, there are some that I truly despise and a numbered few that I get really fond of. I did not expect Lara Jean to be part of the latter but she is, and that feeling did not change when I read the third book.

In fact, if there’s one thing I loved most in this last book of the series, it’s the fact that Lara Jean grew up to be the girl little kids can look up to.

She’s still very flawed but who isn’t, right?

Plus, the mistakes she made, her fears, her failures, and her vulnerability helped her shine even more in this last installment.

Now let’s shift the spotlight’s focus a little. It can also be easily noted that book three’s most distinctive feature is its deliberate attempt to explore the ins and outs of Lara Jean’s family.

It gave the needed depth to the people around her and while little can be said about her classmates and friends, Han made sure the most important ones like Chris get their fair share of happy ending.

I never did like Peter and I’m all for John Ambrose McLaren to shake up the scene a bit more. But whether that did happen or not? I’ll leave it for you to know.

It was nice to pick up an easy read once in a while and this book  is the perfect break I was looking for.

I just wish there was a bit more dialogue than narrative. Jenny Han kind of squeezed a year’s worth of life events into a single book so I understand the need to switch writing styles—but a little emphasis on major turns could’ve earned this book another star from me.

Overall, the book was a light, easy, and adequately quirky read.

Yes, it definitely might not be the next Pride and Prejudice but it’s a story that is still powerful enough to melt your heart into bits.

If you’re also done reading the series, please feel free to share your comments below. Let’s make this as spoiler-free as possible. Thank you!

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