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Always and Forever, Lara Jean

Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father s wedding, she can t ignore the big life decisions she has to make.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481430494
9781481430487
1481430483
Call Number: TEEN F HAN
Characteristics: 325 p. ; 22 cm

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Korean-American Lara Jean is finally settled into a nice, complication-free relationship with her white boyfriend, Peter. But things don’t stay simple for long. When college acceptance letters roll in, Peter and Lara Jean discover they’re heading in different directions. As the two discuss the lo... Read More »

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blue_cat_16067
May 05, 2021

This book was amazing. The final book to lara jean and peters high school story. This series was very cute and truly showed things that happen in everyday life. 100% recommend. Really good for readers who enjoy the sappy hopeless romantic books but still mixed with the real parts of fights and disagreements. I read the books after watching the movie and the stereotype that the book is better is still true. There was so many little details and events that you don't get in the movies. The book is really about coming of age, and taking the things you want. Lara Jean grows so much throughout the story and just really comes into herself.

CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

I was really nervous to read this book after reading the second one. It almost felt like there wasn't much of the story left to go. The letters have found their way back to Lara Jean, she's made her decision and she's sticking to it. What I loved about this book is that it was more about growing up than anything else.

Lara Jean is plagued with this thought about college and her future and what it means for her relationship and what her mom always said, "Never go to college with a boyfriend." The story evolves from one about Lara Jean falling in love for the first time and turns into her growing and learning to choose that love and to fight for that love and to follow her heart, even when it's hard, even when people are telling you to do the opposite, even when it might not make the most sense, you have to be true to who you are and it's nice to watch her grow and learn all those things.

I'm happy with who she ended up with and surprised at how much I enjoyed the ending. I will say that I was disappointed that she didn't ever lose her virginity but I also don't feel like it was crucial to the story. I think it would've just been nice because she loves him so much and for her to have sex, it was like that was sealing it - not that it needed to be sealed, but I guess in some ways it did. I'm not sure how to describe it without giving too much away.

I think this is the perfect trilogy to read in high school and I wish I would've read it sooner. It's interesting to read stories about people in high school and have so much to relate to and then read about them stressing about college and think idly to yourself, "you have no idea, kid."

Overall, I think this series is really well written. I love the plot and the characters, I love the development, I love the progressive undertones and the way that you can just tell that it was so obviously written by a woman of color. I think those types of stories are always the best. I could live in Lara Jean's world for a long while so I'm bummed to say goodbye but I'm excited for the final two films to come out and I'm hoping that they're every bit as good as the books.

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

To All The Boys I've Loved Before, Nov. 22, 2020
P.S. I Still Love You
Always and Forever, Lara Jean
Sounds like a letter right?

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kwsmith
Aug 30, 2020

Lara Jean and her long-term boyfriend deal with the ups and downs of American college admissions in this fun young adult romance novel. This is the third book in the series and I enjoyed it so much more than the second book, probably because Lara Jean is more mature in this one. I think this series is done, so I'd like to read a bildungsroman about Kitty now, please!

This was slightly better than the second one. For me, there was more of a story and more of a driving plot. Lara Jean drives me nuts, though. Also the emphasis on sex felt unnecessary to me. Focus on other aspects of the relationship, please and thank you!

I can see why people enjoy this series, but it just really wasn't for me. Could be a good escape for someone if they're looking for something light to read!

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tinybookworm
Jun 05, 2020

A really good final novel of the series. I really enjoyed this book.

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dkgaines20
May 07, 2020

I didn’t want this to end, such a cute series!

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elisabeth_23
May 06, 2020

This is a good finish to the trilogy. It ends with Lara Jean decided what her future will look like. i related to it as I went off to college.

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amm3607
Apr 27, 2020

Lara Jean captures your heart. I wish this series went on forever.

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orange_penguin_420
Apr 10, 2020

This entire series is so good! I started reading because I heard that the movie was good and after reading the first book I couldn't wait to read more. This book is an amazing conclusion to the entire series, it leaves me hoping that the author writes more books like this. All in all, it's great!

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“I suppose I'll say it all started with a love letter”
― Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Sometimes I wish we’d met when we were twenty-seven. Twenty-seven sounds like a good age to meet the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. At twenty-seven, you are still young, but hopefully you are well on your way to being the you you want to be. But”
― Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Wait, I thought I was your dream guy,' Peter says. Not to me, to Kitty. He knows he's not my dream guy. My dream guy is Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. Handsome, loyal, smart in school.”
― Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Music makes everything more romantic, doesn't it? One second you're walking your dog in the suburbs, and then you put on Adele, and it's like you're in a movie and you've just had your heart brutally broken.”
― Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Being vulnerable, letting people in, getting hurt... it's all part of being in love.”
― Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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Somanybooks11
Nov 22, 2020

“Never say no when you really want to say yes.”
― Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

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shayshortt
Jul 25, 2017

We’re all just counting down, passing time. Everyone knows where they’re going, and the right now already feels like it’s in the rearview. Suddenly life feels fast and slow at the same time. It’s like being in two places at once.

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shayshortt
Jul 25, 2017

It’s senior year, and Lara Jean Song Covey is anxiously awaiting her college acceptance letters, and looking forward to participating in traditions like the senior class trip, prom, and Beach Week. Her boyfriend Peter has already accepted a scholarship to play lacrosse for the University of Virginia, but Lara Jean is worried her grades aren’t good enough to into UVA. She’s keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding to their next door neighbour, Ms. Rothschild, but sooner or later, the letters will come, and Lara Jean will have to make some big choices about her future.

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