Susan Johnson’s Netflix teenage (high school) romantic drama film, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, is based on Jenny Han’s 2014 young adult novel. The plot is adequately set up on a premise that the fans of the genre will find thoroughly appealing.
Lara Jean Song Covey is a sixteen-year-old half-Korean half-Caucasian girl living and studying in an unnamed city in America. At the beginning of the film, it is shown that her mother passed away several years ago and that she and her two sisters have been raised by her gynecologist father. Lara Jean is very close to her two sisters, and when the elder one, Margot, leaves for college after dumping her boyfriend (Josh), Lara gets confused about her own feelings for Josh, who she once used to have a crush on. However, Josh is not the only boy that she ever had a crush on; she had crushed over five boys over the years. An introvert, Lara could never tell any of these five boys that she loved them, but she wrote each of them a letter at different stages of her life, narrating her feelings. However, she never posted those letters; instead; she kept them safe in her own private chest.
Her younger sister, Kitty, makes her guilty by posting all the five letters in a day. All of a sudden, Lara Jean now finds herself in the limelight trying to tackle with the new-found attention of as many as five boys. She realized that for the first time in her life; that she wasn’t that quiet; and too small or low to be seen; as she was thought or underestimated herself to be.
When one of Lara’s ex-crushes received the letter she had written to her years ago. This boy; Peter Kavinsky; who is currently struggling to save his own relationship with Lara’s former best friend; uses her as a green-eyed proxy to get back with his girlfriend. And for some strange and inexplicable reason, Lara agrees to go ahead with this weird plan. The plan does seem to work though, but it only seems that way because by now, Peter has predictably fallen head over heels in love with the simple charm of Lara. The young actor Noah Centineo, who plays Peter has done a fantastic job in the entire movie. In at least two scenes: one in which he speaks about his estranged father, and in another in which he just falls short of confessing his love for Lara. The kid exudes a confident charm.
Lana Condor plays the role of Lara (the girl next door) with enough understanding of her character to keep the audience hooked on to her performance. Everyone will get to know the presence of ‘every-girl’ sort of presence in Lara. The bonding of Lara with her younger sister (Anna Cathcart) and her best friend (Madeleine Arthur) creates a perfect bond of soul-sisterhood that comes across as far as more precious than any crush on the face of the earth.