To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before from the pages to the screen


Hailey Cingel, Staff writer

   Jenny Han’s novel, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, was adapted into a Netflix movie in mid-August of last year. While there are always differences from the book to the movie, Netflix’s adaptation had a few major differences from Han’s original.

   The hit Netflix movie topped the streaming app for the most watched original film in 2018, and has since remained a fan favorite.  For those who have seen the movie, the main character, Lara Jean stages a relationship with the jock Peter Kavinsky, in order to protect both of their better interests.

   For anyone who has yet to see or read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, some of the following details may spoil the plot.

   At the tail end of the movie, the viewer finds that another one of Lara Jean’s letters found its way to a previous crush; John Ambrose.  While this only hints at a sequel, the first book in the popular series goes much further into who John Ambrose is.  

   Han’s page-turner novel goes much more in-depth during the school ski trip. While in the movie the video of Peter and Lara Jean causes a minor issue between the two, in the book it breaks their relationship for a time.

   Han includes a lot of details in her writing, and therefore, is able to fully develop all of the main characters. Unlike the movie, the reader is able to see much more into Lucas’s life, as well as Jen.

   In the book, Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship becomes real much faster than it does in the movie.  The ski trip that marks the beginning of something real for the two of them happens fairly quick, and the fallout with Josh is a much smaller part of the story.

   As for many other parts of the story, like the subplot about Margot, Lara Jean’s sister, remain accurate to the book.  In both versions, Lara Jean and Peter have the ups and downs to their relationship, and every major part of their journey is included.  As every adapted movie has its differences, both works are well written and produced.