By Gabriela Cafaro '22
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about a teenage girl’s love letters that are exposed, causing many conflicts. The book and the movie version differ in many ways. In addition, this was the first book chosen for this year’s Bonnie Bluestockings Book Club!
Who Sent the Letters?
In the book, it was anyone’s guess as to who sent the letters. However, in the film, it’s obvious that Kitty was the one who sent out the letters after she sneaked into Lara Jean’s closet and looked in the hat box.
Why Kitty Sent Out The Letters
Kitty meant well by sending out letters in the movie. In order to find her older sister, Lara Jean, a boyfriend, she decides to send out all 5 letters at once. In the book, Kitty sent out the letters after Lara Jean found out about Kitty’s crush on Josh, Kitty decided to send out the letters as revenge.
Lara Jean and Peter’s First Interaction
Before they are first seen together in the movie, it is affirmed that Lara Jean and Peter have a long history. The way they interact from the book and movie is completely different. In the book, Lara Jean has some car issues and Peter decides to help her out. In the movie, Lara Jean backs up and almost runs him over in the parking lot of the school.
Peter’s Letter is Missing Something Specific
Once the letters were sent, Peter tried to sort things out with Lara Jean. He mentioned that she wrote about him having ‘golden specks’ in his eyes, and which was a fairly cute scene in the movie. In the book, Lara Jean wrote about Peter having an STD, something that was definitely not mentioned in the movie.
Peter Kavinski’s Car: Jeep Vs. Audi
In the film, Peter Kavinski’s silver Jeep was definitely approved by Kitty, but in the book, it is written that he actually drove an Audi. However, when he started to pick up Kitty and Lara Jean before school, he switched to his mom's minivan in order to fit everyone.
In the book, Josh has feelings for Lara Jean. He ends up being jealous of her new relationship with Peter In the movie it's not really clear why Josh hates Peter. It seems he's over protective over Lara Jean because of their past friendship.
Lara Jean’s First Kiss
In both the book and the movie, Lara Jean decides to kiss Peter, in order to make Josh jealous. In the movie, Lara Jean kisses Peter in the middle of the track field once she sees Josh. In the book, she accidentally runs into Peter after Josh tries to confront her and Lara Jean kisses Peter.
Why Peter Tries to Start the Secret Relationship
Genevieve, Peter's ex-girlfriend, is the major reason why he wants to start a fake relationship. In the film, he hopes that this fake relationship will help him get back with her. In the book, he tries to use the relationship in order to send a message to Gen saying that their relationship is over.
Reason Behind Lara Jean and Peter's Big Fight
In the movie, Lara Jean and Peter break up after she finds out that he went to Gen’s room the same night they were together in the hot tub. In the book, they break up after Lara Jean thinks he still loves Gen.
The Hot Tub Video
In the movie, the identity of who posted the video of Lara Jean and Peter is revealed to be Genevieve. In the book, the identity is not revealed until the sequel book, P.S. I Still Love You.
The movie was adorable and is definitely a film I recommend watching. As for the novel, it was equally as enjoyable and I could not put the book down! Nonetheless, even though To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is labeled as a young adult novel, I feel that it is written a lot more immaturely, even though topics in the book are of a mature nature.