I have three words to describe Netflix’s adaptation of Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: De. Light. Ful. It’s also charming, entertaining, and hilarious. I don’t normally have the desire to rewatch a movie right after I’ve seen it, but this one tempted me.
There are some differences between the book and the movie, but the basic plot is Lara Jean has a hidden hatbox of letters written to five boys she’s had crushes on over the years. She never intended for the boys to read the letters; they were just her way of expressing and working through her feelings. But those letters get mailed (not by Lara Jean, but by someone else revealed later on), and then the fun starts. The movie has some of the core rom-com tropes (two people that society doesn’t think belong together and a fake relationship intended to make someone else jealous), but I felt the cast elevated it to a movie you’d want to watch over and over again.
Clearly the movie release has resonated with readers because all the book and audiobook copies of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before are checked out. Even most of our copies of the sequels, P.S. I Still Love You and Always and Forever, Lara Jean, are checked out.
If you're interested in other YA books turned into recent and upcoming films, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken; Ashes in the Snow which is based on Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys; and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas are ones to seek out.
Aisha’s favorite authors are Lisa Lutz and Lorrie Moore. After years of resisting the librarian who owns a cat stereotype, she found Otis, the best giant little kitty ever created, and is now never without a cat hair somewhere on her clothing.