at the beginning of high school, i felt like my life as going downhill. (which now that i look back on it, it really was not.) and so i happened to read a book with a girl just as dreamy and hopelessly romantic as me falling in love, and ever since that it has become a tradition for me to read this book along with its counterparts every time i feel that down again.
i don’t know why this particular book, or the cliché storyline that goes along with it. and i definitely don’t know how it started to make me feel better. maybe it was the fact that the main character lara jean covey wrote love letters and lived in her own fairytale world, like me. maybe it was that her sister margot felt pressured to always be the best and to always have everything together, also like me. maybe it was because the main love interest was just so damn sweet- i don’t know. but this book series swept me away in its whirlwind romance and set me down feeling like i could surely get past whatever i had in my way.
so after years of reading and rereading, i was thrilled to learn that netflix was making a movie out of the first book. and the author was one of the producers on it, so surely it would be just as amazing as the book.
i was not disappointed.
lara jean covey is a girl in her junior year of high school, who writes a love letter every time she falls hard for a boy. she keeps them in a teal hatbox up high in her closet, never intending for anyone else to see them. and then they get sent out.
five boys get a letter, and one of them happens to be her sister’s ex boyfriend. and to prevent the confrontation, lara jean goes to drastic measures to prove to him that she is indeed over him and that the letter meant nothing.
in the movie, this all comes to life. with a asian american family at the center of this, the producers do an amazing job of representing many people in the world and showing an asian girl find love in an unexpected but beautiful place. they also keep closely to the book, cutting out a few minor scenes and details but ultimately portraying it as closely as i could have ever imagined it. the characters are all unique and the actors make it seem as if the original characters from the book are there in the flesh.
to all the boys i’ve loved before may have a slightly cliché storyline of a teenage romance, but there are many aspects to it that makes it unique and a tale to remember- the book AND the movie. it takes you directly into lara jean song covey’s life and lets you experience her happiness and her distress and her embarrassment and everything she is feeling. this adorable and quirky girl at the front of the action will have you falling for her and rooting for her. in conclusion, jenny han has written a book and produced a movie that will no doubt install hope in many hearts and leave them smiling long after the movie’s credits have rolled.