It’s always scary when books are turned into movies. You’re stuck left wondering if the directors will do the lovely stories justice and hoping that it’s going to be everything you’ve dreamed of. Usually, they end in disappointment— characters lose key qualities or major plot points are mixed. I was nervously anticipating the release of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han on Netflix, considering I ended up being a pretty big fan of the trilogy. TATBILB follows Lara Jean Covey as she ventures into a fake relationship with one of the most popular boys at her school, Peter Kavinsky, after secreted love letters that she wrote are sent out. Of course, I recommend reading the book first, but I highly recommend watching this movie as well.
I really really loved the execution of this movie. There were no glaring changes and certainly nothing that took away from the overall story line. I think the representation of the Covey’s as an Asian American family was spectacular, and in light of Crazy Rich Asians, too, I am happy with the diversity in Hollywood right now. I think that this movie is perfect and any high-school-aged kid would love it! Logistically speaking, it’s rated TV-14 on Netflix, and is probably not appropriate for younger audiences.
In terms of acting, I think we pretty much scored the jackpot. Lana Condor and Noah Centineo were the perfect Lara Jean and Peter. They had so much chemistry on screen; it made my heart happy to see one of my favorite book couples exactly how I had imagined them. I really enjoyed Emilija Baranac as Gen. She was the perfect “mean girl”!
Overall, I thought that the movie for To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was an amazing representation of the book. It captured the vibe the Jenny Han created with her writing and delivered everything that I wanted from it. I’m so happy that this movie was made and really hope that the second book gets picked up for a movie as well.
To read my review of the book, click here.
To see the trailer, click here.