To Everyone Who Loved "To All the Boys I've Loved Before"
Thanks Peter Kavinsky, for ruining all other men for us...
This thought went through the heads of many women and girls after watching “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. This celebrated Netflix original film is already being treated as one of the top films of 2018. If you haven’t heard of it yet, no worries! I’ll explain the general premise and reveal just why you absolutely must see this film.
And if you have seen it, even better! Check out our recommendations for the original book series by Jenny Han, which were the basis for the film. There are two more books which expand on the story; this should help bridge the waiting time for the release of another film. That is if Netflix decides to shoot the next instalment. If they decide not to, then you have all the more reason for reading (and loving) these books!
The main character, Lara Jean Covey, is a completely normal teenager. She lives with her father and has two sisters: the elder Margot, and the youngest, Kitty. Every time that Lara Jean falls in love, she writes a love letter. And, like most 16-year-olds: she’s fallen in love quite a few times. Five, to be exact. However, she never sends the letters. Instead, she tucks them away in a small blue box in her closet. Until one day, the letters disappear: they’ve been sent!
Lara Jean’s has a problem: Josh, her sister Margot’s ex-boyfriend, was one of the recipients. Now he believes that Lara Jean is in love with him.
Peter Kavinsky, who also received a letter, goes directly to Lara Jean to let her know, as friendly as possible, that he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings. But then, he gets an idea. Maybe they could fake a relationship. Josh would realise that Lara Jean isn’t in love with him, and at the same time, Peter could make his ex-girlfriend Gen jealous. Maybe Gen would become so jealous that she would dump her new beau in order to get back with Peter? Sounds like a plan!
I’ll stop there, so you guys can watch the movie spoiler-free. But maybe this will convince you: I’ve already watched the film three times in the past three days and have come to the conclusion that I simply must know more about Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky.
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to follow the story even further, since the film is based on a wonderful book series. The trilogy is written by Korean-American author Jenny Han. The first book, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”, was published in 2014 and promptly made the New York Time’s Bestseller’s List. The next book is titled “P.S. I Still Love You” and the series ends with “Always and Forever, Lara Jean”.
Hopefully reading the second and third books of the trilogy will make the wait-time for the next film a bit more bearable!
Not to be confused with “P.S. I Love You”! In this novel, Lara Jean and Peter are officially a couple. Everything is going smoothly until another boy comes into Lara Jean’s life. She’s confused… is it possible, to be in love with two people? This is a riveting sequel to the first book.
In the third and last chapter of the series, Lara Jean is a senior in high school waiting on her acceptance letter to a university. Her beloved Peter has already received his. After she finally gets an admittance letter, Lara Jean must make a decision: does distance make the heart grow fonder, or is it better to part ways?
Just in case you’d like to go back to the roots of this love story, we definitely recommend reading the inspiration for the Netflix film. There are plenty of differences between the book and the movie, so you won’t get bored with the same details while reading this novel.