To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Review

by Janel Delgado, Senior Editor

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Rating: 10/10

Director: Susan Johnson

Starring: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish

Release Date: August 17, 2018

MPAA Rating: TV-14

 

The movie everyone has been anticipating the whole summer was finally released on Netflix. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is based off of award winning author, Jenny Han, starring Lana Condor as Lara Jean and Noah Centineo as Peter. Along with other Netflix originals, this movie is a hit everyone is talking about.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before follows the main character, Lara Jean, through her junior year and all the difficulties that come with it. Lara Jean keeps a hat box with letters she has written to her crushes, but never sends them. Yet, one day, all the letters are gone, sent out to all the boys.

Lara Jean deals with the letters being sent out and the repercussions, her older sister leaving for college and the loss of her mother when she was younger. Due to her mother, she is fearful of becoming close to people because she does not want to get hurt. This becomes a main theme throughout the movie.

The movie and the book alike hit on difficulties that people face everyday, such as sibling rivalries, social media and cyberbullying, losing a parent, being biracial, and young love. Despite some more serious topics, this movie is a total rom-com and has you laughing and swooning the whole time.

Overall this movie was adorable! Ever since the trailer released there have been high expectations for this movie and it did not disappoint. Although there were some obvious changes from the book, it was still captivating. Some changes were made to the movie from the book, but the main point of these scenes were still captured on screen. There are always tweaks from book to movie adaptations you cannot escape; nonetheless, the movie still captured the essence of the book.

Lana Condor played Lara Jean beautifully. She was quirky, sweet, and embodied the character I originally fell in love with in the books. Her own sense of style, baking, messy room, love for books, and fear of driving all make Lara Jean such a relatable character for those of us who feel invisible. Lara Jean is not afraid to be her own person and is confident with who she is.

Lara Jean is a character many teenagers can relate to but can also look up to. Even after all the things she encounters throughout the movie, Lara Jean is able to still be herself and stand up for herself, be optimistic about situations, and grow so much from her experiences. Sometimes being pulled out of your comfort zone changes your life for the better.

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