I am obviously very late in this fandom, but I still wanted to share some thoughts and feelings on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before because I absolutely loved the book. In facts, it had been on my TBR for years, and I’m really ashamed to say I never picked it up. I probably found out about this book back in 2015 when I joined bookstagram, and the summary did seem right up my alley. So when the movie was released in August, I knew it was time I finally read it.
I read the first book in a day, and watched the movie in the evening. Within a week, I had read the entire trilogy, and watched the movie twice: once alone, and once with my parents, who liked it even more than I had expected. I then proceeded to recommend it to everyone, because it is so worth it.
The first book was my favourite, I have to admit. The whole fake dating trope will get me every time I swear. But it was really sweet to see as Lara Jean came to realise that her feelings for Peter were not all that fake. The whole dynamic with Josh was also interesting, and I wish we had seen more of him in the other two book – not as a potential love interest, but as a friend to Lara Jean, because after all, they were good friends at some point.
Basically these days every time I feel down I think about this scene in the movie where Peter calls him a “Bon Iver wannabe” and it cracks me up, and makes me feel so much better. I know the entire world seems to have fallen in love with Peter K/Noah Centineo, and I’m not ashamed to say: so have I.
Now that I’ve said that, we can move on to how much of a relatable character Lara Jean is. Her style is one I aspired to have when I was in high school – and still do today, though for practical reasons I mostly wear jean and sneakers to work. Baking cookies, muffins and such? Also something I did in high school, like, every weekend. Writing love letters to boys I had a crush on? Also did that. Never been in a relationship/fear of letting people in? Also me in high school. Seeing every day girls who used to be my best friends and left me behind when they became more popular? Also me in high school (though Gen did have her reasons, but still). So yearh, I think you’ve got the picture. Lara Jean is without question one of of most characters I have ever read about (maybe with the exception of Cath from Fangirl, the most relatable one). Also, I stan Lana Condor, my new queen of everything.
Like I said, the first one was my favourite one. The second book introduced a new
beloved character aka John Ambrose Mclaren who was barely mentioned in the first movie, and briefly introduced in the first book. I have to admit, I didn’t really want to like him because I really liked Lara Jean and Peter together, but I couldn’t help but fall for him a little bit, because he was such a lovable character. Overall, the plot of the second book was a bit repetitive with what of Peter and Gen’s relationship, though it was nice to see more of her thoughts when it came to her relationship with her family, and how she came to hate Lara Jean so much. I also really liked the part about the time capsule a lot, but I have to admit, some parts of that book left me a bit frustrated.
When it came to the third book, I was really glad to see Trina become a bigger character, and Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters evolving a lot. It was also nice to see that Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship had grown a lot. The introduction of college applications was yet another very realistic element which I appreciated a lot, and overall I’m really satisfied with how the trilogy ended. Huge thanks to Jenny Han for creating such wonderful books!
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!