So a book-lover walks into a book shop and…you guys know the rest! We just can’t help ourselves! I had planned on buying one book – just ONE – until I noticed that the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series was in the ‘Buy One Get One Half Price Range’. Naturally, I was obliged to buy all three, which left me with one small problem – what would constitute the all-important fourth book to enable me to qualify for the deal. The answer? Well you’ll find out below, won’t you?
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean’s love life is about to go from imaginary to out of control.
Lara Jean Song keeps love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her – one for every boy she’s ever loved. She can say anything she wants, because the letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they’re sent out.
I absolutely loved the Netflix adaptation of this book so, of course, as soon as I found out the movie was based on a book, I had to read it! I’m really looking forward to seeing if the film was true to the book and if Han’s writing can imbue the book with as much humour as the film managed to capture. I really liked the characterisation of Lara Jean and her little sister, Kitty, in the film so I’m excited to see how they are written, too.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
They had just been pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. Then another boy from her past returns to her life, and Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at the same time?
Ok, so maybe it was a little optimistic to go ahead and buy the sequels before even reading the first novel, but hey, that’s me! Optimistic! (Or, perhaps, just a little too excitable when it comes to bookshops). Obviously, I can’t say much about what I’m looking for in this book until I’ve read the first but I can’t wait to see what comes next for Lara Jean after the ending the movie provided!
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Life is good for Lara Jean.
She is head over heels in love, her dad’s finally getting remarried and her sister Margot is coming home for the summer. But change is looming. And Lara Jean can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make – where she goes to college for one. Because that would mean leaving her family – and possibly the boy she loves – behind.
When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
Things a Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls
1914. The world stands on the edge of change. But women still have no vote.
Evelyn is rich and clever, but she isn’t allowed to go to university. Life is set out for her, but Evelyn wants freedom and choice, even if it means paying the highest price alongside her fellow Suffragettes. Meanwhile, May campaigns tirelessly for women’s votes with other anti-violence suffragists. When she meets Nell, a girl who’s grown up in hardship, she sees a kindred spirit. Together and in love, the two girls start to dream of a world where all kinds of women can find their place.
But the fight for freedom will challenge Evelyn, May and Nell more than they ever could imagine. As the Great War looms, just how much are they willing to sacrifice?
So this one is a bit (a big bit) of a departure from the trilogy above in…well, all ways…except from the fact that it’s a YA novel. I was drawn to this book first by the title but, as soon as I read the blurb, I knew I had to read it. As a feminist and huge historical fiction enthusiast, this book is right up my alley. I’ve always been very interested in the Suffragette and Suffragist movements and I’m really excited to see how the two converge in this book. I’m also interested to see how Nicholls depicts the hardships of these movements within a YA novel – for example, will she go into detail on the violence they encountered?
I can’t wait to get started on these books and I’m sure I’ll be posting reviews at some point too! Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!