To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: book vs. movie

Warning: major spoilers ahead. If you have not read the book or watched the movie, do not read any further


Actress Lana Condor pictured in movie poster as character Lara Jean. (Photo courtesy of

Olaiya Lewis, Staff Reporter

I’m guessing everyone who is reading this and who has a Netflix account has watched the movie. I seriously doubt anyone has read the book. If you are planning on reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the newest Netflix rom-com, let me give you a heads up – the book and movie are insanely different. That said, there are actually a few reasons why I prefer the book.

In the book we get a greater understanding of the relationship between Josh Sanderson and Lara Jean, and a better look at Margot’s relationship with her sisters. One of the different things in the book that actually makes it more believable is how Margot and Lara Jean don’t always agree on issues. It makes their sibling relationship more relatable. Margot, like any protective sister, doesn’t agree with Lara Jean’s choice of boyfriends. From the minute she finds out Lara Jean is dating Peter Kavinsky, she disapproves. “I definitely don’t think he’s a good guy for you. All of those lacrosse guys are kinda douchey,” Margot says.

The biggest difference is the ending. The movie ends with Peter and Lara Jean kissing on a lacrosse field. But the book ends with Lara Jean and Peter not even dating. I actually prefer this ending because it gives a little more reality to the story. Not every couple stays together, and I think that this way we get a little more insight into the relationship between Lara Jean and Peter.

I guess if we want to know how things turn out between Lara Jean and Peter in the books, we’ll just have to read Jenny Han’s next book in the series, P.S. I Still Love You.