Lara Jean, who was 16 when we first met her, is now turning 18, getting ready to graduate from high school, and thinking about college. She is still seeing Peter Kavinsky, who is incidentally becoming more and more perfect as the series progresses. Lara Jean remains dependably impulsive, naive, good-hearted, optimistic, and sweet, in contrast to her older sister Margot, who is often moody and resentful, and her younger sister Kitty, who is spoiled and frequently bratty.
Most of the drama in this book centers on Lara Jean’s college plans, and how her relationship with Peter will fit into them. Peter got into UVA and she did not.
Lara Jean is also still profoundly influenced by the advice of her mother, who died years before. Her mother had always told them, “Don’t be the girl who goes to college with a boyfriend.” Margot did take that advice, breaking up with her hometown beau before she left for college in Scotland.
Peter says “We’ll make it work. I’m not worried about us.” But Lara Jean is not so sure.
At the end of the book, there are some happy endings and some that are not so resolved. There have been big changes in Lara Jean’s family. But as she muses, “Families shrink and expand. All you can really do is be glad for it, glad for each other, for as long as you have each other.”
To me the book seemed unnecessary and forced and I know for a fact that the third part of the series was never supposed to happen and the only reason it exists is the massive popularity it garnered and the fans demand. I would have loved if the story was left alone at the end of the previous book but I don't completely despise it either. This is an appealing and “happy” series that will be attractive to younger teens, with themes of first love, how to handle relationships, family dynamics, and the challenges of growing up, to which many readers will be able to relate.
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