Oh. My. Flipping. God.
I am always behind the eight ball with these things. So when I say I finally watched the Netflix film “To All The Boys I Loved Before” it is a loose phrase. I am always at least a year behind popular culture, including and especially, books. And before you bookworms jump down my thought on this one, YES I READ THE BOOK. According to Goodreads, I read it in 2014. Boom.
I was a little afraid to see when I read it and when I rated it. Whenever I get the chance to re-read something or watch the movie, and I think to look at Goodreads I am confused as to why I rated something the way that I did.
I was quite happy to see that almost exactly four years ago I gave the book a solid four stars. I am also glad that I took a moment to actually write something as opposed to just giving it a star rating. Apparently, I did not like the ending of the book.
I wonder what I did not like about it. I have to assume that the movie ended the way the book did. And I was happy with the movie. Maybe four years ago I wanted Lara Jean to end up with Josh. I hope that was not that case. I mean, girl code anyone? Even better, sister code? (Even though my sister did date a guy I dated once, but I gave a rat’s ass about that I remember really clearly thinking there was something wrong with the guy. What guy would date the younger sister of an ex-girlfriend. But not that I think about it, I have to imagine that has to be a guy’s bucket list item. I apologize, I work with all men… and I digress)
Either way, I remember thinking the book was predictable but enjoyable. The movie did the same thing. I found myself legit laughing out loud and smiling to myself. Yes, feeling like a complete idiot when I realized what I was going on involuntary.
If you read the book I am sure you have already watched the movie. If you haven’t I would recommend it.
If you haven’t read the book but love a good cutesy teenaged love story I would recommend it.
As I got distracted writing this I realized I do not think I ever read the last book in the series. And according to Goodreads, my assumptions are correct. I never read the last book. I remember reading the second book and not liking it as much as the first one. I think that was mainly because there was quite a bit of time between the first and second book. There was maybe even a longer gap between the second one and last one.
Yes, there was a one year gap between the first and second one – acceptable. Then there was a two-year gap between the second and third one.
Either way. I just requested the last one from the library to complete the series. Please don’t ask me what happened in the second book (P.S. I Still Love You). I am a little scared to read the last one though now. I’ve watched the movie. I have images of what these people look like, which I hate. (First world problems, I know).
The Netflix playlist on Spotify is pretty spot on though. A definite 80s vibe.
And if by some chance you have made it this far without knowing what this YA rom-com is about. It is about a teenager named Lara Jean who stupidity wrote love letters to all her crushes. And she not only wrote these letters, AND KEPT THEM, but addressed them as if she were going to mail them. Of course, the letters get out and the book is spent following her interactions with her past crush which include her older sister’s boyfriend.
Oh, to be a teenager again…