To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, this awesome movie goes out to you

Step aside Noah Flynn, a new boy has stolen the hearts of girls and boys across the nation. 2018 has been Netflix’s year of original romantic-comedy films. First, the film adaptation of The Kissing Booth caused a stir within the Netflix (teenage) viewer base.

Based off of classic rom-com cliches, heartthrob fictional character Noah Flynn stole the hearts of thousands. But the recent release of the film adaptation of popular YA novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, has caused a bigger commotion. Love interest Peter Kavinsky, played by actor Noah Centineo, has now become a household name and the subject of many conversations.

The movie follows the story of high school junior, Lara Jean Song Covey, a quiet, “invisible” girl, who loves to read and write about love but unfortunately doesn’t live it. Lara Jean is played by charming young actress Lana Condor who portrays the relatable character very well. Based off of the best selling novel by Jenny Han, the film was positively received by viewers and critics, earning a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Critic Renee Schonfeld of Common Sense media stated, “Fans of teen romance will find much to like here, including an engaging performance by Lana Condor as Lara Jean and messages about self-confidence, honesty, and family unity.”

Lara Jean Covey’s penchant for romance strays out of her mind and into reality when her younger sister, unbeknownst to Lara Jean, mails her secret love letters to each of the boys Lara Jean has loved before. This leads to a chain of events, whirling the ordinary, low key teenager into a more exciting and social lifestyle. The movie explores many different relationships, especially one that is the unbreakable bond of the Covey sisters. Lara Jean is the middle child, with older sister Margot heading to college, and younger sister Kitty entering sixth grade. The closeness between the three, along with their father, has a major impact on Lara Jean’s life.

This coming of age film has revolutionized romantic comedies, including incorporating diversity that was previously nonexistent. Lana Condor, a person of Asian descent, playing the main character, gave many young girls the representation they needed in popular media. The Covey family is also biracial, making the family dynamic far more interesting.

Although the film is meant to be a lighthearted story, it also managed to delve into the seriousness of topics such as loss and grief, as the Covey sisters lost their mother at a very young age. With the help of Peter Kavinsky, her good friend, Lara Jean is able to open up and lose the reluctance she previously had of letting people into her life.

Though some may complain that the movie is filled with predictable cliches, the endearing performances of the talented young cast (especially Lana Condor and Noah Centineo) make the movie a must watch flick.