It’s July 31st, meaning the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix movie releases in just 17 days! <<Watch the trailer here.>> I absolutely adore this book series and I can’t to see it on-screen, which is why I’ve put together this appreciation post. In it you’ll find reasons why I love the trilogy and just general fangirling about the upcoming movie!
Synopsis for the first book in the series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, from Goodreads:
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.
Why I Love the Lara Jean Trilogy
1. The family relationships
Books about families are the absolute best! While To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a romance, there’s a large focus on family. I loved reading about Lara Jean’s relationships with her dad and her two sisters, Margot (who’s gone off to college), and Kitty (Lara Jean’s adorably spunky and hilarious little sister).
2. It’s a cute and fluffy feel-good book.
Sometimes I just need an adorable book that’s light and fuzzy, and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before totally delivers. Sure there are a few things that are silly, or don’t exactly make sense, but it’s a fun story, and that’s what matters. It’s cute and romantic, which brings me to the next point…
3. The ship!
Ahhh Peter and Lara Jean okay that’s all I have to say 😩
4. Characters in general
Contrary to popular opinion, I was not particularly bothered by Lara Jean’s more childish narration. I actually felt like she was a relatable and realistic teenage character! Maybe that makes me immature but I don’t know, she just felt real. I mean, teenagers are kids! I really enjoyed Lara Jean. She loves her family and scrapbooking and food and cooking (this book will seriously make you hungry!) and she’s such a Hufflepuff.
5. The representation
Lara Jean and her sisters are half-Korean, half-white, which is really great! It’s not a huge part of the story, which is cool—there should definitely be books that deal a lot with race, and also books where the characters aren’t white but it’s not the focus.
I’m so excited about this movie! Have you read the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series? Are you planning on watching the movie? Chat with me in the comments!