Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Posted August 17, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 6 Comments

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart
Director: Susan Johnson
Release Date: 17 August 2018
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1:39
Movie Type: Drama, Romance

Lara Jean Covey writes letters to all of her past loves, the letters are meant for her eyes only. Until one day when all the love letters are sent out to her previous loves. Her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.

Brenna and I have been super anxious for this movie to come out and once the clock hit midnight last night, we were prepared to watch it together. We both read the books (all of them) a couple of weeks ago and have been big ol’ nerds about all things Peter Kavinsky and this movie.

The movie is quite a bit different from the book but both Brenna and I really enjoyed it. The casting is pretty spot on and we adored all things Peter Kavinsky. Lara Jean and the rest of the Song sisters were extra fabulous and Papa John Corbett was pretty great too. And Josh!!! Oh man, we loved Josh! There’s much to enjoy and love about this movie. I thought Netflix did a fabulous job of bringing Peter and Lara Jean’s story to life. I loved seeing how far they came from beginning to end. Seeing them go from faking dating to real feelings was so much fun.

The book was super sweet and funny and all things that I love in a book and the movie was great but there were things missing from the movie that were my favorite parts of the book. Also, some of my favorite things that happened in the book were changed in the movie and that really bummed me out. I would start mentioning what those things are but I don’t want to spoil the movie too much so just know that the book and the movie are different but the movie did capture the charm and the heart of the book and they definitely got the characters right. Lana Condor was an outstanding Lara Jean and Noah Centineo was a perfect Peter Kavinsky.

The movie has only been out for a handful of hours and I’ve already watched it twice. It was an enjoyable teen rom com, wayyyy better than The Kissing Booth and with that ending, THERE BETTER BE A SECOND MOVIE!!!

Movie Trailer

My Rating

Grade: 4.25 out of 5

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6 responses to “Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

  1. Amber Elise @ Du Livre

    Wow, you’re quick Rowena!I liked the casting too (except for Netflix not finding any Korean actresses). One nitpick is that I wish that had emphasized that the sisters were the Song Sisters. I think Margot referred to them as the Covey Girls.

    There were also a few missing scenes that bummed me out, but I give it 4 stars overall!

    • Rowena

      I watched the movie at midnight and then just jumped right into my review once I got to work at 9am.

      Yeah, it would have been nice to see their Asian background celebrated a bit more and I missed the baking bits with Lara Jean. Mostly because my favorite note from Peter was about LJ baking cookies. But overall, I still really loved the characters and the romance between LJ and Peter. So stinkin’ cute!

  2. I may have been a week late watching but I finally got to it and it was so cute! It’s been a whole since I read the books (and I’ve still not read the third one) but I feel like it kept to the essence of the books (with a hint to more so yay!). I’m sure if I’d have read the books more recently the differences would be more obvious but I think it was great it kept to the books and still felt like the books did when I was reading and things looked as I imagined them (mostly) so I am pretty damn happy with the film.

    • Rowena

      Yay, I’m so glad that you enjoyed this one Becky. Wasn’t Noah Centineo and Lana Condor the perfect Peter and Lara Jean? So good!!!

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