I want to start by saying that I hated the book. Hate is a strong word and one should not use it so easily but this word was all I had when I think about the book. You can catch up on my review here (one of the first reviews I did for Bookidote and I was kind enough to rate it 2.7 back then). It was a mini review since I couldn’t find anything relevant to talk about. Everything about Lara Jean (the main character) was so immature, childish and all things I absolutely despised in a YA rom-com.
I saw the thumbnail of the movie on Netflix and I was thinking to myself maybe I should give it a chance and so I did.
And you know what? It was better than the book.
The reason why is that the casting is pretty good. Lara Jean actress’s acting was on point. She wasn’t annoying or ridiculously foolish like the character in the book. She went for the kind of student who doesn’t stand out much but who doesn’t lament about their situations either. The tone and voice she used when talking about insecurities felt real and it was something I could relate to. Peter Kavinsky’s character was so much more likable because the actor emanates a chill-laid back vibe where the character in the book was just a jerk to me haha.
And of course, for any romcom to work, we must feel the chemistry between the characters and that is something only the movie managed to do. Via their small smiles, movements and facial expressions, they bring the whole teenage romance to another level. That’s why I think the movie became such a phenomenon on social media.
Overall? I’m a VERY picky woman when it comes to romance LOL it has to be something out of this world like Jane Eyre movie or Pride and Prejudice for me to fangirl. So this one although I enjoyed it, I also skipped some parts because it was too “teenager” for me.