BOOK/MOVIE REVIEW: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before // + a discussion & playlist!

To_All_the_Boys_I've_Loved_Before_coverTitle: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

Author: Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 355

Release Date: April 15, 2014

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Synopsis:

“What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… all at once? 
Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.”

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I had been waiting for forever to read this book. Then, Netflix announced that they were releasing the movie earlier this month and Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile hosted a readalong so I decided to pick up the book! I’m so happy that I did because I adored it!

When Laura Jean has a crush so intense, she decides to write a letter to that crush. She never plans on sending them out, but one day the letters are sent out by accident to the 5 crushes she wrote letters to. This premise makes for a crazy yet cute and hilarious novel.

Before I begin, I would like to say that I have become such a sucker for cute contemporaries. I especially love when there’s a story-line that would low-key never happen in real life (you can all blame kdramas). Thus, I knew To All The Boys I Loved Before was the book for me before I even opened the first page.

I absolutely love Lara Jean. I think we can all relate to her in one way or another. I personally relate to her in the sense that I like staying home and not interact with other humans haha. I realized through this book that I’m kind of terrified of having a relationship. Not quite a romantic relationship, but any relationship. I’m scared of putting myself out there and possibly being rejected or getting a friend but then realizing they aren’t who I thought they were.

Reading this book made me want to break out of my shell and socialize, which is weird because usually books don’t do that and I don’t think it was the author’s intention?? I found this book to be cute, funny and a lot more meaningful and deeper than I originally thought it would be.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I really, really enjoyed this book. A few things I didn’t *love* but they also didn’t ruin the love I have for this book. The characters were so realistic and the relationships were wonderful. I adored the family and sisterhood element of the story and how it had the sort of enemies-to-lovers trope in a healthy way.

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me throughout this book xD

TW: talk of death, low-key racism??

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toalltheboysivelovedbeforeposterTitle: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Genre: Drama, Romance
Length: 1 hr 39 min
Release Date: August 17, 2018
Language: English
Source: Netflix

Synopsis: A teenage girl’s secret love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her love life.

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It’s been a few weeks since I saw the movie last so my memory might fail me in this review, but I absolutely loved it! I thought that the entire cast was chosen perfectly and seeing the characters on screen was wonderful. They all looked almost exactly how I pictured them in the book.

First off, I was a bit hesitant when it came to Lana Condor as Lara Jean. Not because I didn’t think she’d do an amazing job, but because she’s Vietnamese and not Korean. I think a lot of people were wary about this, but it didn’t affect how great she acted or anything like that. I do think that Hollywood needs to brush up their act and cast Asians in the right roles, but this representation is still better than none, which is why this didn’t bother me. (the actress that plays margot is also half chinese. i don’t know about kitty)

Secondly, I felt like some of the acting was a bit cardboard-ish? It didn’t bother me much but the actors just didn’t seem to be that comfortable in their characters. If there is a sequel movie, I don’t think there will be a problem with this at all. Again, it didn’t bother me much, it’s just something I observed.

Thirdly, there were a lot of my favorite scenes from the books left out from the movie. I’m not that bothered by this, but I felt like they were essential scenes to include in order to develop Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship. I do love the scenes that they did include that seemed to jump right off of the book pages. It was great to see that as a fan of the book. I bet a lot of fellow readers loved that.

I think that’s all of the slightly bad criticisms I had, now onto the fangirling!!!

I absolutely LOVED Noah Centineo as Peter Kavinsky! He’s honestly the only actor I can think of that could’ve pulled the character off. He looks, acts, and even sounds exactly how I imagined Peter to look, act, and sound in the book. I feel like this was a fan cast because of how perfect he was for the part.

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he also lowkey reminds me of matthew daddario just watch his interviews on youtube

I absolutely love how Peter was represented in the movie. Even Josh, who I didn’t like that much in the book bc of that *thing* he did was written pretty good in the movie. He did get a bit annoying but that was probably the point.

Margot and Kitty were absolutely perfect! So was Lara Jean’s dad. I really love this family and how it was such a big part of the movie. I feel like it got just about as much screen-time as the Peter-Lara Jean relationship did which is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! If you didn’t already know, I love seeing families portrayed positively in a book surrounding teens.

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Grief was also a big focus of the movie. Lara Jean talks about her mom that passed away throughout the movie like she did in the book and I’m happy they decided to include that in the movie as much as they did. They didn’t shy away from the topic because they thought viewers wouldn’t like to see that in a teen romance drama, which is wonderful.

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

I thought that this was a wonderful adaptation of the book. It had so much heart and love – I would have to say that it’s by far one of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations that I’ve ever seen.

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Playlist:

I incorporated some songs that played in the movie and other songs I think go well with the entire feel of the movie. I hope that y’all end up liking this! Let me know if you want me to keep making playlists like this!

https://embed.music.apple.com/us/playlist/to-all-the-boys-ive-loved-before/pl.u-DdANr1qImb0NDD?app=music

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What are your thoughts on the book and movie? Were you happy with how they adapted the book into a movie or were you disappointed? Let me know!

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20 thoughts on “BOOK/MOVIE REVIEW: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before // + a discussion & playlist!

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  2. Oh, this is an awesome recap and review! I loved the Netflix adaption, I mean movies can’t always be exactly true to books, but I felt like this was a heartwarming and super sweet adaption. And I agree about some of the actors feeling a tad bit stiff, especially in the very beginning. But Noah as Peter, OMG, he was PERFECT

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    • thebookprophet

      Thank you ❤ Those are the perfect words! They did seem to get better as the movie went on, I think, so that's good. I'm a bit in love with Noah, but also, who isn't at this point??

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  3. These are both great reviews, Savannah! I’m so glad you loved both the book and movie (I had a feeling you would — kdramas 😂) And yesss I really liked how the movie talked about grief and other deeper topics (the discussion Lara Jean had with her dad actually made me tear up a little, though I think that was just because of personal reasons lmao). And I loved the cast choice as well! I definitely think that getting Asian rep is a step in the right direction, and I really wish that there had been biracial Korean actors hired instead, but I do love how the actors ended up portraying their characters ❤

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    • thebookprophet

      Hehehe I feel like Jenny Han got inspired by K-Dramas when she wrote this series (they’re very tropey xD) The way they talked about her mom made me tear up too it was so amazing how they touched on the subject ❤ I'm glad you agree with me on that. Plus, we got Lana Condor and she's brilliant!

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  5. Wonderful reviews! I am so happy you loved the book so much – it’s such a sweet read, I also loved it a lot and the characters were all adorable ❤ I thought that they did a pretty good job with the adaptation, too, the cast was really great and I especially loved Peter's actor just as well, he did such a fantastic job and looked like the Peter I imagined, too 😀

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  6. First off, just wanted to say I love the look of this post. Random but the flowers look like they’re right out of Lara Jeans room and well it’s amazing xD I completely agreed with a lot of what you said. Lara Jean is so relatable, one way or another what makes her such a good character is that every girl can see some of themselves in her. I also agree with the whole ‘hollywood and asian culture’ and cardboard acting (though i sometimes felt that was the lines, not the acting xP). I personally love Korean culture and it was a nice surprise to have it talked about it in the book….but was sad when it was almost nearly erased in the movie and that the actors weren’t Korean to begin with HOWEVER the fact that the cast wasn’t white-washed was a mircale in itself! I think all three actresses did a great job with the role they were given, Lana was perfect especially!

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    • thebookprophet

      Haha thank you! I didn’t even notice, but now that you brought it up I can definitely see something like this in her room!! You’re completely right. Lara Jean is such a great protagonist because she’s one of those characters that just about everyone can relate to one way or another. You might be right, it could have been the lines. I’ll have to pay more attention to that when I re-watch. I’m glad someone agrees. It definitely didn’t make the movie any less amazing, though! I am happy they included little bits such as her dad trying to cook korean food, the korean yogurt drink, and face masks. Thanks for reading 😀

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