Author: Katie M. Stout
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication date: 1st July 2015
Genres: YA Contemporary/Romance/Travel/Friendship/Family
Hello, I Love You has quickly become one of my favourite books of 2015 so far, and maybe even one of my favourite books ever. Dun, dun, duuuun.
But why, I hear you ask?
Because it is Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins... but set in South Korea. And it is beautiful.
Hello, I Love You focuses on the daughter of a record producer who wants to escape her family and music, so she leaves the US and goes to boarding school in Korea. Except her new roommate's brother is a famous musician. Some things you just can't escape no matter how hard you try.
I loved reading about Korea, a country which I've never been to and know absolutely nothing about, and Grace and Jason's relationship was the definition of adorable - and I hate that word, but with Hello, I Love You it's the only word to describe it. It's the perfect book for escapism, and if you liked Anna and the French Kiss then I can guarantee you'll like this. The writing is of the same quality, it's almost a cliché but not quite, and it's really, really cute. I'm desperate for a sequel.
Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Published by: Scholastic
Publication date: 26th May 2015
Genres: YA Contemporary/Romance
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!
After reading To All The Boys I've Loved Before last year, I was so excited and I had no idea how I was supposed to wait for a year to read the sequel. Then June rolled around, this book plopped through my letterbox, and... my excitement had completely and utterly evaporated.
I read it anyway because, y'know, I paid for it. But it was nowhere near as good as the first book. I spent most of my time wishing Lara Jean wasn't with Peter (because, trust me, he is massively annoying) and it's pretty hard to enjoy a book when you hate one of the main characters. Then she finally got with the other boy she liked, John, and all was well! The scenes with both of them in gave a glimpse into what I had loved so much about the first book.
But that quickly disappeared when Lara Jean got back with Peter at the very end. WHY. I couldn't see any point in it and it was frustrating. Because this is a romance novel and the book centres around the couple, you can see why this affected my enjoyment of the book because Lara Jean, Peter and their relationship is pretty much all it was.
In the end, it turned out I no longer cared about the characters whom I had enjoyed reading about so much in the first book. I no longer cared about the plot, either. And that's a real shame considering I loved To All The Boys I've Loved Before. The disappointment is real.