Given the way love turned her heart in the New York Times bestselling To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which School Library Journal called a “lovely, lighthearted romance,” it’s no surprise that Laura Jean still has letters to write.
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except for suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more puzzled than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To The entire Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s a part of what makes it so amazing.
An Interview with Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, and Morgan Matson
From late nights studying together in graduate school to late nights trying to meet their publishers’ deadlines, Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, and Siobhan Vivian have stuck together through it all. Find out how this trio of YA writing powerhouses met, why friendship is so central in their stories and in their lives, and, most importantly, which of their characters would fall in love with each other.
How did the three of you grow to be friends and why do you’re feeling it’s important to have a close group of supportive friends?
MM: We all met in graduate school in New York City a decade ago! And we’ve stayed friends ever since.
SV: Dude. Was once that actually ten years ago? Feels like ten minutes.
MM: I know. I didn’t wish to consider it either.
JH: In some ways it feels like twenty years ago to me! What I actually love is that although the three of us no longer live in the same city, we still go away on writing retreats together and do book tours together. Our books keep us close.
MM: Jenny organizes the most amazing writing retreats. We all hang out and write and catch up. It’s a yearly highlight.
SV: I feel it’s so important to have friends who remember this weird thing we all do. I will ask Morgan and Jenny anything…from the business side (is this deal point in my contract too aggressive?) to the creative side (where’s a fun place my two characters can make out?).
MM: And it’s so great to have friends you’ll be able to text when you want story advice, or just to commiserate with someone who understands the process. It makes what is usually a pretty solitary job feel a lot less so. Also, Jenny is a genius book-title-er.
Do the three of you have similar or different creative styles? Do you approach writing your books in a similar fashion?
JH: We have actually different creative styles. I write a first draft almost like a series of vignettes, never in order. It’s very spare. I figure out the shape of the book as I piece it all together.
SV: I think Morgan’s a lot like me, because she also has a background in screenplay writing, and we enjoy thinking about structure, The entire narrative places a story could potentially go.
MM: It’s true! And as for my process, I will’t write out of order—I wish to write in a linear fashion, straight through to the end. And I don’t actually have an outline. I have a vague idea of where I wish to go, but that’s it. I like getting some surprises along the way.
SV: Same here. I feel like Jenny intimately knows her characters from the first page, whereas I have to put them on a journey and make them do stuff with a purpose to discover who they’re.
Which characters from your respective books do you’re feeling would be friends with each other? Who would get along the best? Would any of your characters have crushes on each other?
SV: I’ll say that John McClaren from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Levi Hamrick from The Last Boy and Girl in the World would be friends. They both have a quiet nerdy confidence about them.
MM: I think Andie from The Unexpected Everything would definitely have a crush on Jesse Ford from The Last Boy and Girl!
SV: I used to be thinking that also, but I don’t think Andie and Taylor from the Summer series could be friends IRL. Andie is like a dressage show horse and Taylor is like a wild pony.
JH: Natalie from Not That Kind of Girl would be friends with Margot from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. They are both driven, high-achieving girls with bright futures.
MM: Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone would totally be friends with Lara Jean from To The entire Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. I think they’ve similar personality types! I will see them hanging out at home together and cooking.
JH: I will also see Lara Jean having a crush on Roger from Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour because—mix tapes!
MM: Lara Jean would introduce him to doo-wop girl groups and Roger’s life would never be the same.
What’s the one piece of advice you wish to give aspiring writers that you would like you had when you first started out?
JH: I would tell them not to be in a rush. Because, yes, it is absolutely amazing in an effort to write for a living, but there is also something in reality wonderful about writing just for you, just because you must, because you’ll be able to’t not.
MM: Read a lot, and write a lot. Don’t expect to be a perfect author on the first try—writing is a skill, and just like any other skill, you get well at it the more you do it!
SV: Find friends who will toughen you, who remember your work, and who know how to get the best writing out of you. You don’t have to do it alone! That’s what keeps the three of us together.