“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”: A sweet fantasized romance

A clip of Lara Jean talking to her sisters in "To All the Boys I've Loved Before." Photo Credit: Laura Ocampo

By Laura Ocampo ’20

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a Netflix movie about fantasizing love, caring about one another, and trying to express your feelings.

The main character Lara Jean Covey, played by Lana Condor, writes five secret love letters to five of her crushes, but one day the letters get mysteriously send out to each of them. Now Covey is trying to avoid awkward confrontation with all of them but does not go as planned.

In the beginning, we see Covey is too scared to be in a relationship, so she expresses her feelings by writing letters to the guys she had crushes on. We see Covey as not of an open person because she tries to hide her feelings and avoid everyone around her.

When the letters go out to each of her crushes, Covey attempts to avoid Josh Sanderson, played by Israel Broussard. Josh dated Margot played by Janel Parrish, who is Covey’s older sister. He  has always looked after Covey by always giving her advice. When Margot leaves off to college, Covey does not tell her about the letters because she is too scared to tell her about Josh. Covey definitely needed her older sister’s advice as she struggled to get through her problems without her. We can see that the sisters had a close bond since the beginning of the film and still continued on till the end.

Covey is known as the quiet, innocent one in high school. Peter Kavinsky, who is played by Noah Centineo, is one of the boys that Covey wrote a letter to. He confronts her about the letters, but Covey instead faints. We can see Covey does not want any sort of attention towards her as she tries to keep most things to herself. Later on, Kavinsky and Covey decide to begin a fake relationship because it can benefit both of them in some ways. Throughout their fake relationship, we begin to see how they grow a trusting bond with each other, which you begin to love how sweet their characters are to one another.

Many enjoyed the movie and fell in love with the characters and their acting. On the other hand, some people saw it as another basic teen-romance movie. I would not say this movie is basic because not all movies have a plot with a girl that writes secret love letters to her crushes.

  • Genre: Romance film
  • TV-14
  • 1 hour and 39 minutes
  • Release date: August 17, 2018