‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’: rekindles love for teenage rom-coms


Silhouette drawing of Lara Jean Covey.

From the author that wrote ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before,” “P.S. I Still Love You,” and “Always and Forever,” Lara Jean, Jenny Han joins forces with Susan Johnson to bring her debut novel to life and the hope that “cliche love” still exists.

Even though people say they don’t want or believe in “cliche love,” a part of us craves it. This movie is a good example of a “cliche love” that people can drool over.

The plot thickens when five secret love letters mysteriously disappear and junior, Lara Jean Covey, portrayed by Lana Condor, notices that her velvet teal box went missing from her bedroom closet. Soon she went from invisible to being the center of attention.

Peter Kavinsky, played by Noah Centineo, and Josh Sanderson, played by Israel Broussard, were roped into the chaos as two of the five recipients of the love letters. Drama ensues when Lara Jean and Peter make a contract to become a fake couple.

The cast dedicated themselves to their roles, making the film seem realistic. With iconic lines from Peter such as, “There’s no one like you, Covey,” and “You were never second best,” making viewers, like me, swoon over the sweet words.

This isn’t the first film for Noah Centineo and Israel Broussard, but for Lana Condor, this is her first major one as the starring lead. She could have tricked anybody with the undeniable chemistry between her and Noah, making her seem as if she had truly become Lara Jean. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Lana expresses her admiration for her co-star. “I’ve never felt chemistry like this ever before with any other actor that I’ve worked with,” said Condor fondly. She continued with, “We make a really good team.”

The movie is an hour and thirty-nine minutes, which is shorter than a typical romantic comedy; however, it was still long enough to include the essential elements of a rom-com.