Here’s how just one of those letters happened:
“‘Josh likes me.’ Margot gave a pleased kind of shrug; her shoulders nearly went up to her ears.
“I went very still. Then I dropped my wooden spoon into the sauce. ‘Josh Josh? Our Josh?’ I couldn’t even look at her, I was afraid that she would see.
“‘Yes. He waited for me after school today so he could tell me. He said—’ Margot grinned ruefully. ‘He said I’m his dream girl. Can you believe that?’
“‘Wow,’ I said, and I tried to communicate happiness in that word, but I don’t know if it came out that way. All I was feeling was despair. And envy. Envy so thick and so black I felt like I was choking on it. So I tried again, this time with a smile. ‘Wow, Margot.’
“‘Wow,’ Kitty echoed. ‘So are you boyfriend and girlfriend, now?’
“I held my breath, waiting for her to answer.
“Margot took a pinch of parmesan between her fingers and dropped it in her mouth. ‘Yeah, I think so.’ And then she smiled, and her eyes went all soft and liquid. I understood then that she liked him too. So much.
“That night I wrote my letter to Josh….
“I cried a lot. Just like that, it was over. It was over before I even had a chance. The important thing wasn’t that Josh had chosen Margot. It was that Margot had chosen him.
“So that was that. I cried my eyes out; I wrote my letter; I put the whole thing to rest. I haven’t thought of him that way since. He and Margot are meant to be. They’re MFEO. Made for each other.”
Suddenly, the letters are missing, and boys are coming up to her with her letter in their hands.
This wasn't just a story of mortification, though it could have been, but it's about how Lara Jean copes with the revelations, as well as Margot going off to college in Scotland, being in love with Margot’s boyfriend, taking care of her father and Kitty, now that Margot isn't around to do it, etc.
I enjoyed spending time with Lara Jean, and felt her pain and joy.
The sequel, P.S. I Still
Love You, comes out May 26th. (Booktalk
Lara Jean Song
has loved 5 boys and written goodbye letters to each of
them explaining why she loved them and why she doesn’t
anymore. Those letters were in a teal hatbox in her
closet, until the day the box disappears and the letters
get mailed! How will Lara face Peter at school every
day? He was her first kiss, but it’s been a long time
since 8th grade. What will Kenny think? Does he even
remember her from church camp all those years ago? But
worst of all – how will she face Josh who is now her
sister’s boyfriend? He lives in the neighborhood! She
sees him every day!
|SUBJECTS: Love -- Fiction.
Dating (Social customs) -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.