Whether it be in terms of books or movies, many people argue that the sequel is never as good as the original. In most cases, I would agree but in one particular book series, I think the second book kept my interest a lot more. “P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han, is a book that I had no desire to put down once I started reading it.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, every book that I have read lately is a romance novel. I have no shame in admitting that I am a hopeless romantic, and this story just reinforced that part of me. This novel is the sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” and, due to its continuation of the story, I preferred it over the first one.
One aspect that I love about this story is how it continued the love story of the two main characters. The author portrays the generic love story of the nerdy girl who was dating the popular guy, but the way that Jenny Han approaches it is unique. In many ways, the story took a turn when the two developed actual feelings for each other. In the case of Lara Jean and Peter, they both discovered what was best for them and, in both cases, it was not who they originally wanted.
Another reason I love this novel is because it answers an age old question: can you be in love with two people at a time? I like the way that the characters' journey throughout this novel answers this question because, in the end, it doesn’t provide the reader with a definitive answer. In a way, it gives the reader a guide, and it allows them to interpret it as they will. Thus, the reader is able to have a more personal connection to the book and the characters.
I also love this novel because it does not carry itself like a typical teen romance novel. Unlike many others, this book is not as romantic and optimistic. It provides the reader with a look into the good and bad side of love, and how it is a good risk to take, despite the possibility of getting hurt. This book shies away from the typical happy ending, but still provides the reader with some hope.
Lastly, I love this book because the movie does not compare to the book at all. Many people argue that the book is better than the movie, and in this case it is true. There are a lot more moments that happen in the book than in the movie. Also, the film moves at a much faster pace so there are a lot of details that are missed. For example, I am not going to spoil it for anyone, but there is a fact about one of the main characters that is revealed in the book but not in the movie, and it is something that is very surprising! In many cases, the movies tend to remove aspects like this due to time, but it ends up becoming a hindrance to its quality and leaves the viewer wanting more. However, in the book, all questions are answered.
Overall, “P.S. I Still Love You” is the best book of the series because of how Jenny Han took the characters and helped them evolve into two romantic characters that readers will fall in love with.