I don’t know if I’ve ever read a series where the books just get better and better, but here it is. I absolutely loved this 3rd installment of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and I felt grief when I finished, knowing I wouldn’t learn what happens to these characters next. However, I do like being able to imagine that and make it up, because there are so many options and they all seem good!
In this third book, Lara Jean is applying to colleges and working at a nursing home, her dad is dating, her older sister is acting like an adult, and her younger sister is continuing to exemplify her spunky independence. I don’t usually love character driven books over plot driven books, but once you meet these characters, you’ll have a hard time loving any others more. I love that Lara Jean stays true to who she is despite peer pressure and what everyone else seems to be doing.
Some relationships in this book aren’t new, but we get to see them develop and change and mature. Some relationships ARE new and we get to see how they effect the characters and how they effect their other relationships. Personally, Lara Jean’s relationship with Stormy was the one that stood out to me the most in this book. Stormy is an elderly woman who lives at the nursing home where Lara Jean works, and she connects with Stormy in a way that most 17 year olds just can’t. It shows Lara Jean’s maturity and respect, and it speaks so much to who she is and who I think she’ll become.
I recommend this book to contemporary YA lovers, romance lovers, “chick lit” lovers, and general contemporary fiction lovers. I want to read everything Jenny Han has ever written now. It’s such a quick read, just do it!! You won’t regret it, and you’ll definitely end up reading all 3.