You know how when you’re reading a book and imagining the story in your head, you put some sort of color into their world as well? Like if it’s a crime/mystery novel, it would be like monochromatic scheme even if the setting is during the day? Or if it’s a young adult novel about teen love, you see so much bright colors?
I don’t know if it’s just me, though (and I’m really hoping that it isn’t the case), and how I imagine these stories in my head. But anyway, that wasn’t my point.
I was reading Marrow by Tarryn Fisher and eight chapters in, I realized how fucking dark that book is. I know it’s actually categorized as a dark novel and I should have known what I was getting myself into but ugh, all I could see in my head were dark hues of black, gray, and brown.
And even if the characters were talking about picking these beautiful flowers when they were kids, the scene still didn’t change the color of the story in my head.
So I had to take a break from that and get on to a more “colorful” (borderline rainbows and holographic type of shit) and “brighter” book.
And that’s how I got into reading these trilogy from Jenny Han — 1) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, 2) P.S. I Still Love You, and 3) Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself for having read all three in just a span of 3 days. They were easy reads, anyway, so it wasn’t such a big deal. But oh my god, now all I see are sunshine and rainbows and butterflies and I can’t say I’m mad at it but wow, colors everywhere.
These books contain your basic recipe for a young adult novel about teen love, with a few twists and turns here and there — nothing too major or groundbreaking.
Like I said, they were easy and quick reads.
In summary, it’s about Lara Jean and how she writes letters to all the boys that she’s ever loved (not ex boyfriends, to be clear). She doesn’t actually send these letters and just writes them as a way of letting go and moving on; like an end of an era or something.
But something happened and the letters were sent out to all the boys and, well, imagine the humiliation.
Then this happened, that happened, and Lara Jean got together with one of the boys that she wrote a letter to. At first it was just a pretend thing to make other people jealous but then… well, you’ve guessed it. They started actually liking each other for real.
And the story just basically revolved around that — Lara Jean and her relationship with this boy.
These books weren’t favorites. The second book in particular — P.S. I Still Love You — was so incredibly boy crazy that I almost puked in my mouth (and it was part of my bottom 3 for the month of February). But regardless, I still ended up liking all three as a whole.
They weren’t the best and I probably wouldn’t recommend this to anyone (not unless they’re looking for some easy, no-brainer reads, too) but they were definitely good for passing the time; quite entertaining even.
There were instances when I actually laughed out loud and there were times when I smiled and felt a tiny bit giddy. Plus, I love the fact that the characters were diverse and Han was really all about sending the message that boys and girls should be equal (here here for some feminism bits).
And, let’s not forget the fact that this boy learned how to French braid (from Lara Jean’s sister) just so he could braid Lara Jean’s hair (for when the sister couldn’t). I mean, come on, isn’t that just adorable???
So overall, not bad.
Maybe I’ll even get on to Jenny Han’s other books. I’ve read her other trilogy (Burn for Burn) some years ago and they weren’t too shabby, either, so I guess this author’s growing on me.
Do you have any “bright” book suggestions?
Check out my 2018 Reading Challenge — a growing list of books that I read this year. (Side note: I read these books back in February but only got around to finishing and publishing this review now after I noticed the rough draft that’s apparently been sitting in my Drafts folder for ages.)