I wanted to read this book because of the buzz the Netflix movie. I wanted to wait until after I’ve read the book to see the movie.
It took me a few chapters to get comfortable because the book is actually a bit longer than some young adult books. There’s a lot of character moments. The more that I read about Lara Jean, the more I could relate to her or rather how I was when I was her age.
This book did give me the good feelings of being a teenager again. It helps that Lara Jean and I are both East Asian. Like Crazy Rich Asians and The Hate U Give, I wish I had more diverse novels like this growing up. I didn’t have books the reflected my experiences. I like that Lara Jean was quiet and dutiful, but also dreamy and into fashion and food.
The novel was sweet. It made me laugh. There was a lot of nice moments with the characters. There was even a love triangle that I did not mind. The character beats were just right.
About two thirds of the way into the book, I knew I had to read the sequel. The ending is a cliffhanger. However, I am not going to wait to watch the film.
Read Sept 20-21, 2018
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
With the book so fresh in my mind, I compared them a lot. I didn’t think Peter was dreamy enough at the beginning, but he won me over. The movie was sweet. It worked because I think the casting did well especially for the Coveys. I appreciated John Corbett as the good (and hot) dad and they even added more character moments between
This movie would have been a mini obsession for me in high school. I liked what they added. Very cute movie and I hope they do make a sequel.
Watched Sept 21, 2018.
I wish there was more diversity in young literature growing up and that says something since I’m a white male! I really liked the film and am planning to read this in the near future, can’t wait to see your thoughts on the others in the trilogy.
Hi Geoff! I hope you enjoy the book. It’s a bit silly at times, but there is some nice comfort in it. The film did so well with the casting. Thanks for the comments.