Rating: 5 Stars
First off, I enjoy the romance novel genre because it makes you feel warm and happy on the inside. But I normally don’t read Young Adult Romance books. However, when I saw this book was made into a movie and I was intrigued to see how the books would be interpreted into a movie.
I really enjoyed this trilogy for many reason so let’s dive in!
The Setting is Relatable
High School is a tough time for teenagers with trying to fit in, have a social life and be berated with questions about the future.
Lara Jean is in her Junior year making the most of her high school days as her quirky self.
She has to navigate a new found popularity when her love letters are distributed. These are unique circumstances but high school is always the same; friends, enemies, love, hate, stress and good times.
The Song Girls
Jenny Han creates very unique characters that are funny, flawed and relatable.
Margot is the oldest and she is very responsible. Margot grew up fast because her mother passed away when she was young. She took on the motherly role to help her sisters and her father. She grows a lot by moving away to go to school and not having her sisters to care for.
Lara Jean is the middle child and looks up to her sister. She is curious and shy and funny. Plus, she is herself. Throughout this entire book she doesn’t change herself to be with Peter. Yes, she starts going to parties and sports games but she still stays home to bake, helps Kitty with her homework and scrapbooks.
Kitty is the youngest and the most sassy. I am so curious to see what Kitty’s life would be like in high school and where she ends up!
Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky
The hopeless romantic in me swoons at how adorable their love story begins. I mean, romantic letters with your deepest feelings about your crush are sent out for them to read! Then, in order to save face for one of the crushes you pretend to be in a relationship with another one.
I mean, C’mon! (hearteyes)
For those of you who have not read the books but have only seen the movie know that Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky start the second book in unknown territory.
Are they fake dating still? Are they broken up? Are they real dating?
Throughout the other two books you follow Lara Jean and Peter on their journey through Senior year. There are bumps in the road and struggles to get through but they do get through them.
Their relationship is real. The ups and downs are relatable to this day and age and it was not cliche.
Lara Jean and Chris
Every so called “goodie goodie” needs to have a rule breaking friend. Chris is everything that Lara Jean isn’t and that’s why they are perfect for each other.
Chris has someone to go to when she needs relief from her life. Lara Jean can live vicariously through Chris and her wild ways.
Childhood friends are the best because you grow and change so much from naive little kids, preteens, and then to young adults. Also, as you get older even when your lives go separate ways you are always cheering for them from a distance.
I honestly believe that Lara Jean and Chris will be life long friends.
Another element is the fact that a single dad is raising his three daughters while he is a busy baby doctor.
The Song girls are independent and strong females. I love that they stick to their family values and keep in touch with their Korean heritage to stay true to their mother.
Overall, I highly recommend this series. It is adorable, unique and just makes you feel happy!
Also, I am very excited for the second movie that is being made!
Have you read this series? What are your thoughts?