“P.S. I Still Love You” by Jenny Han: Two Takes on a Relatable, Serendipitous Story

“P.S. I Still Love You” is the conclusion to Jenny Han’s “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” duology. The series as a whole centers around Lara Jean Song Covey, a 16-year-old mixed Korean American high school student, whose love for her family knows no bounds. Lara Jean writes letters to her crushes in an attempt to move on from them and keeps the letters in a hatbox hidden in her closet. When the letters mysteriously get sent to the boys they are written about, Lara Jean must navigate the waters of high school love and humiliation, and discover who or what it is that she truly wants. Continue reading

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Less Fluff: Kiera Cass Takes “The Selection” to a Whole New Level with “The Heir”

For those who have read “The Selection” series by Kiera Cass, you know that it’s kind of like the executive producers at ABC got their hands on “Cinderella” and exploited it into a cash cow in the way of “The Bachelor” and then proceeded to capitalize on the success of “The Hunger Games” by throwing in a dystopian society and general revolution. For those who haven’t, well, that’s a pretty good, bare-bones description of the first 3 books of the series.

That kind of makes it sound like I don’t love the series. I actually really do. The first three books of the series were great “fluff” reads. They are full of romance, teen angst, incredible opulence, family devotion, and just enough social upheaval to keep from being too mind-numbing. If we’re being honest, it’s probably one of my favorite series I’ve read.  Not even guilty pleasure – just generally, wholeheartedly enjoyable. Which is why I pre-ordered the newest addition to the series the day it became available on Amazon.  Actually, to be more accurate, I had a full-blown fangirl moment on the day Kiera Cass announced that Harper Teen had green-lit two additional books to the series we had all come to terms with as being a trilogy. I then proceeded to stalk her blog for updates on the new installment. Like I said, I’m a fan.

The book hit my Kindle on May 5, 2015 and I dove right in as soon as I got home from work that day. Oh, I should pause here with a warning: the plot of “The Heir” is, in-and-of-itself, a spoiler for the conclusion of the original Selection Trilogy. If you don’t want to know what happens at the end of those books (even though it was pretty predictable anyway), please stop reading now. Thanks.

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