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To All The Boys I've Loved Before (2018) - Movie Review


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I didn't expect to fall in love with the movie adaptation of To All the Boys I've Loved Before as much as I did. The original novel isn't one of my favorites, but the trailer for the movie adaptation reeled me in (and I'm not even that into romantic comedies). Actually, I think I prefer how it translated to screen - the movie really worked for me in the end. It's totally crush worthy - you can't resist the characters and their relationships (fake boyfriend/ girlfriend, best friends, and family alike). Lana Condor does a fantastic job of carrying the movie as Lara Jean - it's so easy to relate to her character and I loved getting to know the rest of her family and friends. Yes, the fake relationship bit with Peter is fairly predictable, but it's fun seeing Condor and Noah Centineo bring it to life. It's Lara Jean's story, but I particularly liked that Peter is well-fleshed out. At first you expect he's just going to be an irritating jock, but the more you get to know him, you see that the character is much more kind than you first expected. Even though there are some bumps along the way with family, friends, and classmates (and that pesky fake relationship), I was behind them the whole way.

Overall, the groundbreaking movie adaptation of To All The Boys I've Loved Before is a fantastically bubbly teen romantic comedy and a great coming-of-age story that I thoroughly enjoyed more than I initially expected. The casting for this film was done right - it's difficult to imagine anyone else playing these roles now because they are the real heart of the story. By the way, I love the references from The Golden Girls, Sixteen Candles, James Dean, and to Fight Club. Finally, I have to say that I'm hoping Hollywood, Netflix, and the like will take note and bring more diverse YA stories to life, romance or not. And on that note, I'm really looking forward to seeing Crazy Rich Asians on the big screen on my next day off.



I watched this Netflix movie on August 17, 2018 and my review is also on Letterboxd.

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  1. Can’t wait to see this! Loved the book, can’t wait to see Laura Jean. Thanks for the great review! ❤️

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, Dani! Thanks for coming over.

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  2. I haven't read the book, I saw the trailer and thought it looked good.

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    1. The trailer really grabbed my attention and I liked the movie more than I expected.

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  3. I really want to see this! I read the book and enjoyed it, but I think it would be even better in movie form.

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    1. I wasn't the biggest fan of the book, but I was really surprised by how much I liked the adaptation. I definitely prefer it to the book- and I think that all comes down to the cast. :)

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  4. I freaking ADORED this movie! I hated the book, but it was lovely to see Lara Jean in the flesh. The movie was so fun and absolutely swoon-worthy! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it too!

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    1. I was pleasantly surprised! I'm glad you loved it as well. :)

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  5. I loved this series and this adaptation. I adored the actors who brought LJ and Peter K to life. I wasn't crazy about Margot. She seemed really old, but since her role was on the smaller side, I was ok with it. That extra scene they added between LJ and her dad made me bawl. Fantastic! Bring on the sequel!

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    1. I thought she looked quite a bit older as well - then I looked her up and realized she's actually about my age... so much too old to be going away to college for the first time. :) Agreed - bring it!

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  6. I love the book so I was nervous but the adaptation was super sweet! Noah and Lana killed it!

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  7. I don't have much interest in the book, but I may have to give the movie a try :)

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    1. I wasn't thrilled by the book, but the movie was pretty fantastic. :)

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  8. Fab review :)
    I wasn't the hugest fan of the book but the film is so freaking adorable that I am converted.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

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  9. LOVED this movie! In fact, seeing all of the reviews for this one showing up is reminding my that I need to finish my review. :)

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    1. Yes! I'm looking forward to seeing yours, Rissi. :)

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