Original teen romance captivates audience with relatable storyline

Netflix’s new romantic comedy captivates audience with coming of age story.

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” has become a fan favorite quickly.

Within days of its release, the Internet swarmed with people talking about it. Within a week of its release, the movie had a huge fan base.

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a romantic comedy that follows 16-year-old Lara Jean Song Covey, played by Lana Condor, who is half-Korean and half-Caucasian. Directed by Susan Johnson, the movie is based off of the best-selling book written by Jenny Han.tatbilb2

Lara Jean has written love letters to every boy she’s had a crush on, five in total. The letters are only meant for her eyes only, to help her cope and understand her feelings. She keeps her letters hidden in a hat box that her mother gave her so no one else will find them.

Just before her older sister Margot, played by Janel Parrish, leaves for college in Scotland, she breaks up with her boyfriend Josh Sanderson, played by Israel Broussard. Josh lived next-door to the Covey family and had been friends with Lara Jean growing up.

Lara Jean finds her feelings that she once had for her childhood friend coming back after Margot leaves. To cope with her feelings, Lara Jean writes a postscript to a letter she had written when she was 14, after Josh asked Margot out instead of her.

Her letters somehow get out. Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo, is the first to come talk to Lara Jean about the letters. He is the recently ex-boyfriend of Lara Jean’s former best friend in middle school, Gen, played by Emilija Baranac. Peter tells Lara Jean that he thinks the letter is sweet, but he can’t be with her.

As Lara Jean is talking to Peter, she sees Josh headed her way with the his letter. She panics and kisses Peter, in the hopes that Josh will think that they are together. Peter later confronts Lara Jean again, about the letter and the kiss. Lara Jean tells Peter about the letters and why she kissed him.kissy

They later decide to pretend to be in a relationship so Peter can make Gen jealous and so that Josh won’t suspect that Lara Jean’s feelings are still there. But things don’t go as planned, and they start to fall for each other.

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” has a wonderful nostalgic feeling about looking back on past crushes. Everyone can relate to having a crush that you keep to yourself, always wondering about the what if’s. The message is to not hold back your feelings and to tell people how you feel when you feel it.

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a captivating romantic comedy because of how personal it feels. It’s incredibly funny and heartfelt. The onscreen romance between Lara Jean and Peter feels authentic.

The movie also does a really good job of depicting what it’s like to be in high school in the 21st century, without putting an overwhelming emphasis on cellphones and social media.

“To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” also includes a wonderful soundtrack. The soundtrack offers variety, featuring artists such as Blood Orange and The Velveteins. It’s nice to have a break from movies that only have songs heard on the radio.

Overall, it was an amazing movie, I give “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” 10 out of 10.

Author: Autumn Bippert

Editor-in-Chief of the Plainsman Press, this is my second semester as Editor-in-Chief. I am a Sophomore Photojournalism student at SPC, from the Austin area.

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