Can I please start with something? I am (or was) not a fan of this book. I actually rated it 3 stars when I read it a few years ago, and gave the book away because I was determined to not carry on with the series. I was not hyped for this movie and I thought the trailer looked cheesy as hell.
But god, did this movie explode? As soon as it hit Netflix I saw reviews and fans spring up all over the place. In the book community, this thing has been big. Eventually, curiosity got the better of me and I sat down to watch this adaptation.
And I might still think it was cheesy as hell, but I really enjoyed it!
Mostly, I remember not liking Peter in the books. And he still came out with some things that made him a little bit of a d*ck in the movie, but he definitely came across better. I still couldn’t help feeling for Josh in the movie, but I feel like that was handled better too. Not gonna lie, but I was kind of rooting for him in the book, but I don’t think there was as much focus on him in the movie which made me feel better!
I feel like the movie put emphasis on all of the best things about this series. For one, Lara-Jean is Korean-American. She has a friend called Lucas, who is gay and Afro-American. This book focuses on Lara-Jeans relationship with her two sisters, the younger of which is sassy and awesome (and also wears a necklace that reads feminist during the movie!). Not only that, but her dad is in a few very well written scenes, and her mum is discussed in some very important scenes about grief.
If there was one way to adapt this book, well done, Netflix. You have achieved it. You’ve won my heart and I’ve decided to actually re-read and continue with this series sometime soon!
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽