It’s very rare that I think a movie captures the feeling of a book so well. I’m generally very pessimistic when it comes to book-to-movie adaptions see (Macro discussions: Movies and Books). But everything from the setting to the sets and costumes felt 100% accurate. I think Lana Condor portrayed Lara Jean’s insecurity and anxiety, yet down to earth expectations extremely well. Lara Jean has always been someone who was straight-forward and logical in her head, and didn’t budge and wasn’t afraid to tell Peter how she felt. And that quiet confidence, yet anxiety was portrayed very well.
tl; dr: The Song sisters were right on the nail. Lara Jean was charming and adorable. Kitty the mature, silly younger sister. Margot, the responsible mother-figure. Peter was way nicer in the movie. I outright despise Peter in the books, he doesn’t deserve Lara Jean. Josh was way more of a jerk in the movie than in the book.
Peter Kavinsky is an adorable teenage boy who just wants to be loved. I loved him and Lara Jean together; they had this great dynamic going on. Their dialogue was sweet and silly but also serious at other times. I loved how much screen time they got together. It felt like just enough. I also like that Peter helped Lara Jean come out of her shell and try new things she might never have before.
I loved the interactions between Lara Jean and Kitty, and I also really liked the detail when Lara Jean notes “I just hope Kitty isn’t getting too attached.” I think it shows the attachment between the two. In the book, Lara Jean and Kitty kind of have a rocky relationship, they often don’t get along and get into fights. In the book, Kitty sends the letters out of spite, not wanting to help Lara Jean. But I like that they made them a little closer in the book.
And the bad
“SONG SISTERS STICK TOGETHER” This was such an easy thing to put into the movie. There’s literally a place for it, but instead, it’s the “Covey girls”? I DON’T FLIPPING THINK SO. I remember reading Margot and Lara Jean having their heart-to-heart and tearing up while reading it. I like that Margot and LJ still had that conversation in the movie, but it kind of was ruined. This was a way for the Song sisters to remember their mom and to stay connected to their Korean heritage, but it feels off and white-washed by calling them the Covey girls, instead of the Song Sisters. This thread encompasses this a lot for me: https://twitter.com/softperseus/status/1030447891934892034