Lara Jean Covey has always preferred living in her imagination where she can’t be hurt by others; so anytime she has a crush she writes them a love letter that she never mails. From her first kiss, to her summer camp crush, to her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Lara Jean has kept her crushes a secret. But everything goes sideways when Lara Jean’s letters are somehow mailed and she finds herself pretending to date Peter, the popular guy at school. And you thought your high school days were hard?
With all the hype surrounding To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before I knew I’d have to give this teen romance a chance and I was not disappointed! Based on the book of the same name by Jenny Han this movie centers around teenager Lara Jean who spends her days buried in books and her imagination and has never had a boyfriend before. When handsome and popular Peter Kavinsky gets a love letter from Lara Jean he realizes he can make his ex-girlfriend jealous, by pretending to date Lara Jean. I had no idea going in this was a fake relationship trope and it was adorable to watch Lara Jean and Peter develop a friendship that turns to more.
Lara Jean, played by the wonderful Lana Condor, was adorable, sweet, and slightly awkward and I and I’m sure many others could relate to her and her worries. Lara Jean figures this fake relationship will last a week or two at the most but as time goes by, she’s surprised to find how easy it is to talk to Peter and how well they get along. Noah Centineo plays the teenage heart breaker Peter and his cute smiles and slightly goofy personality make the perfect combination. I loved that Lara Jean and Peter develop a genuine friendship first as they get to know each other.
Surrounded by an excellent supporting cast, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a really enjoyable movie with endearing characters you can’t help but fall for. There was just enough teen drama to make everything feel authentic and I’ll be rooting for the second book to be made into a movie as well.
Released August 2018
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