This is the third book in the Lara Jean series – it follows To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. I have to confess that I am a huge Lara Jean fan. And a fan of Peter too. So I was looking forward to reading the next chapter in their romance. I wasn’t disappointed.
Always and Forever is set during Peter and Lara Jean’s last year in high school. They’re still together after a year and are looking forward to college. Peter has an early acceptance to UVA and that’s where Lara Jean wants to go to. Except things don’t always go the way you want them to and Lara Jean and Peter are left to make some big decisions about their future.
Whilst the book is primarily about Lara Jean and Peter, it also touches on Lara Jean’s father and his developing relationship with their neighbour and how this impacts on his three daughters, Peter’s relationship with his absent father, Lara Jean’s father coping with his daughters growing up, and Margot, Lara Jean’s older sister, trying to find her place in the family now that she is no longer living at home full time. All these side stories are interesting and thought-provoking, packed with believable characters.
However Lara Jean and Peter’s love story holds centre stage. Their relationship is based on the fact they enjoy each other’s company and they understand each other: it is gentle and kind and loving and so enjoyable to read about. However, it is a difficult time for them. Should they move on to college and try to keep up a long distance relationship or should they let go of the past so as to be able to make the most of college. Should they listen to others and their experiences or should they follow their hearts.
I know what I wanted them to do – you’ll have to read the book to see if they fulfilled my wish!
A great book for making you feel happy and, if you’re planning a summer reading list, put this on it.