I’ve realized recently that I’ve read very few series, and have finished even less. So along with deciding to read The Mortal Instruments (which I am on book 3 rn!) I decided to read the rest of the TATBILB series!
I read the first book before the movie came out and when I finished it I had no intention to read the other books. BUT… I loved the movie so much I had to read the next books, so I went out and got the 2nd and 3rd! I finished the 3rd, Always and Forever Lara Jean on Friday (the 21st of Dec) and I thought instead of just posting a review for it, I’ll do a post of my thoughts of the series as a whole!
Which book was my favourite?
When I went through Goodreads I noticed most people rated the last book the highest, and especially among my friends on GR they seemed to like the last more than the others. Because of this, I was really excited going into the last book because I really enjoyed 1 and 2, so my expectations were really high after seeing other peoples ratings. Unfortunately, I think the last book was my least favourite of the 3.
I found AaFLJ significantly more cringey than the other 2. I don’t know exactly what is was, but the dialogue just felt a lot more embarrasing than the other books. I also wasn’t a big fan of the wedding storyline, I would’ve rather the book continue to focus mostly on the Song girls and their lives instead of their dad’s engagement/wedding. Although it wasn’t a huge chunk of the book, I found it still to be a bit too much. Plus, I wasn’t a big fan of Trina and her friends.
So, all that said, my favourite book would probably be two. The love triangle in that would would get a bit annoying, but I did like John Ambrose McClaren so I loved seeing him have a major role in the book. I kinda wish he had stayed in the story a bit more in the last book than he did.
My Favourite Characters
Kitty, of course, is a personal favourite character. I’m sure many people have similar opinions but I just found her wittiness a nice change of pace against the other dialogue and plot. She was adorable yet emotional, and just so much fun.
I didn’t pay much attention to Chris in the 2nd book but loved her in the 1st and 3rd! I love the moment in AaFLJ when they take a spontaneous road trip because it’s everything I wish I could do hahaha. She is so interesting and such a great foil for Lara Jean, I love the way their personalities interact.
The Movie vs the Books
In all honesty, I do prefer the TATBILB movie over the books, so I am very much looking forward to the next movie. I do worry about it though, I can see the hype of the first book really affecting the quality of the second movie, and it just becoming 2 hours of fan service.
If they stick as closely to the book as possible and don’t over exaggerate the parts of the first movie that people loved, I think it’ll be a great sequel. I’d love to have the whole trilogy adapted.
I’m hoping to do a similar post to this when I finish The Mortal Instruments and any other series in the future. I really do want to read some longer series because I often get overwhelmed by the size of some series, so maybe my new year’s resolution will be to focus on series’!
I hope everyone is having a great holiday season/winter break, and I hope you all are able to find some quality reading time.