P.S. I Still Love You

Book review by
Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media
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Strong sequel stars lovable Lara Jean and plenty of romance.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

There are lots of thought-provoking ideas about love, dating, and gender expectations. Families could use this book to discuss their own expectations about teen dating and about cyberbullying, of which Lara Jean is a victim.

Positive Messages

There is a sweet lesson about taking risks, even if it means hurting your heart.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

All the characters are pretty fantastic, and Lara Jean and her sisters are so real that readers may feel the urge to bake and have heart-to-hearts with their own siblings. Lara Jean's dad is a widower, but he really tries hard to be in his daughters' lives (even when it means having to talk with them about love or a painful viral video).

Violence
Sex

Lara Jean and Peter kiss, and a viral video of them making out in a hot tub goes viral at school. Lara Jean has a frank talk with an elderly woman about sex and birth control ("Your body is yours to protect and to enjoy," the woman tells Lara Jean), and later she talks openly with Peter about his past sex life and also how she isn't ready. Other characters have crushes and kiss. A teen's father is said to have had affairs, and Lara Jean sees him passionately kissing an 18-year-old girl.

Language

Some strong words including "s--t," "f--k," and "d--k." Peter in particular uses mature language.

Consumerism

A few products: Starbucks and Coke.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An adult serves minors an alcoholic drink at her retirement home. Lara Jean's party for the home's residents includes alcohol. Lara Jean's older sister, who's 18, is hungover one New Year's Day, as is the girls' father.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that P.S. I Still Love You is the sequel to Jenny Han's wonderful To All the Boys I've Loved Before. It's a sweet book that's certainly centered on romance, but there also are lots of thought-provoking ideas about love, dating, and gender expectations. Families could use this book to discuss their own ideas about teen dating and about how to be safe and respectful online. Lara Jean and Peter kiss, and a video of them making out in a hot tub goes viral at school. Lara Jean has a frank talk with an elderly woman about sex and birth control. Later she talks openly with Peter about his past sex life and about how she isn't ready. Other characters have crushes and kiss, including a teen’s father who's seen kissing an 18-year-old. Lara Jean and her sisters are so real that readers may feel the urge to bake and have heart-to-hearts with their own siblings. Lara Jean's dad is a widower, but he really tries hard to be in his daughters' lives (even when it means having to talk with them about love or a painful viral video). There's some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), and an adult serves minors an alcoholic drink at her retirement home. Another teen is hungover on New Year's Day. Ultimately, the novel has a sweet lesson about taking risks, even if it means hurting your heart.  

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byamagod April 28, 2020

!!!

i love this book for my kid i read the book before she did and it's good there is no sex and no drugs my kid loved it
Parent Written byShirley C. September 1, 2019

Great

THis is amazing for my child to read.
Teen, 13 years old Written byabenjami2 March 25, 2020

Friggin great!

I think this book is amazing, it is definitely only for mature 12 year olds and up. Read this book after the first!
Teen, 13 years old Written byFrank_Reads March 5, 2020

It tis very good

good book. Some stuff in it but Itza GOOD BOOK REEEE

What's the story?

In P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU, quirky Lara Jean and handsome Peter quickly get back together, even making a contract, promising -- among other things -- not to break each other's hearts. But their romance quickly grows complicated when a video of them making out in a hot tub goes viral at school, and Lara Jean is convinced Peter's ex, the beautiful-but-mean Genevieve, is behind it. Meanwhile, a past crush suddenly reappears in Lara Jean's life, making her question whom she should really be with. Love is often painful, but Lara Jean has a lot of people pulling for her, including her loyal and loving sisters and spunky Stormy, an elderly woman she grows close to while volunteering at a retirement home.

Is it any good?

This is a sweet book that's certainly centered on romance, but there also are lots of thought-provoking ideas about love, dating, and gender expectations. That includes saucy elder Stormy's advice to Lara Jean: "Your body is yours to protect and to enjoy." Ultimately, there's a sweet lesson about taking risks, even if it means hurting your heart.

All the characters are pretty fantastic, and Lara Jean and her sisters are so real that readers may feel the urge to bake and have heart-to-hearts with their own siblings. They'll certainly hope that author Han comes back with another installment or two. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the video showing Lara Jean making out with Peter that goes viral at their school. Has something like that ever happened at your school?

  • What would you do if you saw a private video circling around on social media? What should you do in response to cyberbullying, haters, and trolls?

  • Lara Jean gets dating advice from an elderly woman who tells her that in the old days teens dated a handful of people at one time -- instead of only one, the way they tend to do now. Which way do you think is better? 

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