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I read this book in less than two days. I haven’t read a book that fast since I was 10 and had no responsibilities. Granted, my power was knocked out thanks to a killer tornado and I had literally nothing else to do—but I still call it an accomplishment.
I’ve been pretty pumped to read the second book in this series since I finished the first one not too long ago. I remember being so excited to read about a relatable female protagonist who happened to look like me—biracial teen coming of age stories are hard to find, y’all.
That being said, I was worried I’d be disappointed with the second book. Could lightening really strike twice?
Well, dear reader—in a word, yes.
When I read the first book, I was merely taken along for the ride. Jenny Han weaved so many twists and turns throughout the story—I felt like I was hanging out in Lara Jean’s head. I mean, I was, but still. It had been a long time since I was so removed from my own life and so involved with a book protagonist’s life.
With book two, I felt pretty much the exact same way. All I knew going in was that John Ambrose McClaren was going to show up and complicate things. And even then, the story was never about him.
The beautiful think about these books, and this one in particular, is that it’s never about a boy—whether that boy is Peter or John or Josh. It’s all about Lara Jean developing and growing up. In this book, the main conflict wasn’t really with John and Peter—it was about Lara Jean and Genevieve.
It’s so refreshing to read about a female lead who loves love and loves romance, yet the book’s main focus is almost entirely on herself as a person. And that’s something more girls should be reading in their YA fiction.