Always and Forever, Lara Jean
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|May 2, 2017|
|Media type||Print (hardback, paperback)|
|Preceded by||P.S. I Still Love You|
Always and Forever, Lara Jean is a 2017 young adult romance novel by American author Jenny Han, first published by Simon & Schuster and released on May 2, 2017. It is the third and final installment of the To All the Boys I've Loved Before series, following To All the Boys I've Loved Before, released on April 15, 2014, and P.S. I Still Love You, released on May 26, 2015.
Now in her final year of high school, Lara Jean Song Covey is looking forward to attending school with her boyfriend, Peter, at the University of Virginia (UVA). Peter has an early acceptance due to his lacrosse playing. When acceptance letters come in, Lara Jean learns she has not even made the wait-list. After being wait-listed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), Lara Jean loses hope of attending college, but is eventually accepted to the College of William & Mary and decides to attend school there. When Peter suggests that after freshman year Lara Jean can transfer to UVA, she begins to consider it her primary goal.
At home, Lara Jean's father continues to date their neighbor, Trina Rothschild. When Margot returns home from university in Scotland with her new boyfriend, Ravi, Lara Jean's father asks all of his daughters for their blessing to wed Trina. The sisters all agree, though Margot, who has not seen the progression of her father's relationship with Trina, is less excited and accepting than her sisters.
As Lara Jean finishes high school and settles into her new routine, adjusting to time spent without Peter and to Trina's presence in her home, she learns that UNC has taken her off the wait-list and accepted her. Her best friend Chris urges her to take a spontaneous road trip to the campus to see what she will be missing out on if she sticks to her plan. Lara Jean falls in love with the campus and decides to go to UNC, despite the fact that it is even farther away than William & Mary.
Everyone is happy to hear Lara Jean's news, except for Peter. At graduation, Lara Jean's father announces that he will be sending Lara Jean and her sisters to Korea for a month in order to connect with their heritage. Lara Jean is secretly unhappy because it will cut into her dwindling days with Peter.
Lara Jean and her friends rent houses for Beach Week. While there, she decides to sleep with Peter for the first time. As they are about to have sex, Peter becomes uncomfortable and the two do not go through with it. When she returns home, Lara Jean meets with Peter's mother who tells her that Peter has started talking about transferring to UNC. She asks Lara Jean to consider breaking up with Peter so that he can have a good college experience.
At the bachelorette party for Trina, Lara Jean gets drunk for the first time and breaks up with Peter, telling him she only wanted to sleep with him to neatly wrap up their relationship. Peter is hurt, and when Lara Jean sobers up she is devastated. Trina urges Lara Jean to reconsider and at her father's wedding, Lara Jean takes Peter aside and tells him she wants to continue their relationship.
Despite not knowing what the future holds, Lara Jean and Peter decide to stay together. Peter writes a new contract between the two, echoing the contract drafted when they were fake dating in the first novel. The book ends with Lara Jean feeling confident that her relationship with Peter will last.