P.S I Still Love You Film Review – Romance Week 2020

Lara Jean is back with the second instalment in Jenny Han’s most beloved series, and after the huge success and positive response of the first film it was fair to said that I had high expectations! I will admit I didn’t love this film as much, as I felt it lacked the light-hearted fun and feel-good elements of the first film, but nevertheless it was an enjoyable watch and the perfect film for a cosy night in.

What I loved the most about this film was the addition of all the new relationships, we of course have Lara Jean and John Ambrose but we also have Chris and Trevor and Trina and Dr. Covey. There’s just something about a blossoming romance that warms your heart and the snippets we saw of them both together were adorable. As always the on screen chemistry between Lana Condor and Noah Centineo is simply natural and both perfectly embody young love. In the first half of the film we get to witness the beginning of their real relationship and a few of their fairy-tale first dates and its not until the second half of the film when doubt creeps in and causes cracks to form. It’s only right that I talk about John Ambrose! Jordan Fisher played him so well, he was charming, kind, adorable and was a suitable rival for Peter.

Family is another thing that is hugely important in these films and learning about Lara Jean’s Korean heritage and mother was just so lovely, I particularly enjoyed the whole story about the green beans! Another thing they included from the book was the whole storyline around Genevieve’s parent divorce and her past close friendship with Lara Jean, and hopefully we get to see this develop in the next film. Stormy will always be one of my favourite characters from this series, she’s so fabulous and Holland Taylor played her perfectly.

As I mentioned earlier, I felt like this film was missing some light-hearted fun moments that the first film had, I wish they had included the game of Assassins and extended the treehouse scenes as I really wanted to see more character interactions within the group. So far this series still remains one of my favourite and most accurate adaptations, both films are fun, light-hearted and romantically enchanting adventures that everyone can’t help but love.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Film Review

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This film was everything and more! I’m a huge fan of the books so I was very excited and apprehensive about the film as I have been let down before with film adaptations but after seeing the trailer I knew we were in for something special. Like the books, the film was heart-warming, funny and a wonderful representation of love and romance.

Casting recently for YA adaptations have been on point, but this has to be my favorite so far. The chemistry between Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Cons) was something straight off the page and it was lovely to see them both eventually fall for each other. Their scenes in the cafe were among some of my favourites as they both bounced off each other perfectly and had me smiling for ear to ear. Another thing I loved was their connection on an emotional level when they had deep and meaningful conversations about their parents and own struggles, it added another layer to their blossoming romance.

Although the film mainly focused on the romance between Lara Jean and Peter, we were still treated to some lovely scenes between the Song sisters, my particular favourites being those between Lara Jean and Kitty! I spent the entire film smiling, as everything was just wonderful. There’s just something special about seeing one of your favourite fictional characters finally come to life and being able to see their story on the screen in front of you.

Jenny Han’s cameo was a nice little extra as well as all the little bits from the books that I’m sure fans will really appreciate. I’m not even sour that they didn’t include the Halloween scene in the film as everything else was perfect, so thank you Netflix and Awesomeness TV for doing YA adaptation right!

I can’t praise this film enough as it was wonderful, it has already earned a place on my list of favourite romance films! After watching it, I jumped onto Twitter and it was lovely seeing so many other people loving this film as much as me, so fingers crossed that thanks to such a great response they’ll make a sequel. If you want more of Lara Jean and Peter then I highly recommend that you read the books, and I’ll leave my review to the first book here!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Cast and Trailer Reaction

First things first, when did this happen? I literally just stumbled onto Jenny Han’s Instagram and discovered that they’re making her much-loved series into a film and they’ve already announced the cast and everything! Seriously, have I been living under a rock or something? The wonderful thing is that the film is being released on the 17th August on Netflix which means that I can sit in bed with a big bowl of popcorn and watch it, yay!

I’m probably the only one who didn’t know about this film but I thought I’d react to the casting and trailer anyway and hopefully, there’s someone out there like me who had no idea that one of the best YA contemporary series is being made into a movie.

Trailer Reaction

I am living for this trailer! Everything about it reflects what I love about the books, the cuteness, the hilarity and just how heartwarming these characters and this story truly is. If you haven’t read these books, please do because they are the perfect summer read and I can guarantee that you will fall in love with them. Some of my favourite moments in the trailer are the scene with Lara Jean and Josh in the field and of course the glimpse we get of the hot tub scene with Peter!

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Casting Reaction

Lara Jean Covey: Lara Condor – This is exactly how I envisioned Lara Jean, Lara Condor fits the part perfectly. She’s got that beautiful, caring and innocent look and I think the casting directors did a fab job picking her! I loved her in X-Men Apocolypse but this role is very different and I’m excited to see her bring one of my favourite contemporary characters to life.

Peter Kavinsky: Noah Centineo – When I first saw pictures of him I was a bit skeptical but after seeing him in the trailer my opinions are completely changed! I’m now in love with this casting as he’s definitely got that cute and cocky look just like Peter! I honestly can’t wait to see how they portray the relationship between Peter and Lara Jean and I’m keeping all my fingers crossed that they include a baking scene because how cute would that be?!

Josh Sanderson: Israel Broussard – Perfect! He’s so cute and has the boy next door kinda look which I am loving! The casting of Josh and Lara are probably my favorites, they’re both so accurate and exactly how I pictured them!

John Ambrose McClaren: Jordan Burtchett – This is another one I struggled with as I always pictured him as a blonde but the more I look at him, the more I see him as John Ambrose! Still mixed feelings though but nevertheless I look forward to seeing him on screen!

Kitty Covey: Anna Cathcart – Kitty is one of the most important characters in the film, so I was super excited and nervous to see who they had cast and if they would live up to Kitty’s vivacious and sassiness!

Margot Covey: Janel Parish – I loved her in Pretty Little Liars but I can’t stop seeing her as Mona, whose character is a complete contrast to Margot! But despite that, I’m totally getting that caring yet serious vibe from her and I just can’t wait to see how all the Song sisters interact with each other.

P.S I Still Love You – Jenny Han

I was so excited when I found out Jenny was writing a sequel to ‘To All The Boys I Loved Before’ because I loved the first book and I really wanted to read more about Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship; they’re just so cute. But damn you John Ambrose McClaren for making me fall in love with you too!

‘P.S I Still Love You’ is the sequel to another one of Jenny Han’s charming and heartwarming novels and follows the journey of Lara Jean and Peter’s relationship however things aren’t that simple as they both face different obstacles which not causes trouble but puts their relationship in jeopardy.

Lara Jean has grown up a lot since the first book which I think makes her a better character. This also helped her when she was stuck in sticky situations and I was really proud of how she handled it with class even if she’s on the verge of breaking down. Plus, I can’t help but laugh on Kitty. Such a witty, hilarious kid.

I felt that Peter didn’t play much of a role he did in the first book which I kind of missed but his love and relationship with Lara Jean made my heart melt  and I loved that he would do anything for her! John. Why did you have to suddenly join the club?! At one point part of me wanted Lara Jean to end up with John as they were just so cute together and he was so lovely and kind especially when they were together at the party and during the snow storm! My head kept saying, John is the smart choice… but my heart, my heart wanted her with Peter. I think I would have been happy with either ultimately, but the end left me with a big smile on my face.

Finally, I liked how their relationship wasn’t your typical contemporary and it had real ups and downs but at the same time it was just so cute and had me smiling throughout the whole book!

Overall, this was a really cute sequel which made me experience lots of emotions, so I rate this book 5/5 stars! I highly recommend that you read this series as it is just so cute and has everything you would want from a contemporary.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before – Jenny Han

I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read this book! I loved it so so so much as it was very cute and the perfect romance. I haven’t really got much to say about this book but that it was a good quality contemporary which had the right amount of romance, drama and laughs.

Lara Jean is your classic quiet girl who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day her world is turned upside down when all of her letters are sent out. Now she must face her past crushes but maybe something good may come out of these letters after all.

The story was brilliant. It beautifully showed the journey of a relationship with all it’s ups and downs. It was funny, dramatic, so romantic and in some cases cheesy but the right amount of cheese! It also portrayed the message of not judging a book by it’s cover though the characters of Lara Jean and Peter, both of which come out their shells and have a completely different side to them. 

The characters were one of the best parts of the book in my opinion and the stress on the importance of family was also a nice extra. Lara Jean is an amazing main character, I love that she’s actually focused on things that matter, and from page one she was just so relatable. The fact she is also asian which helps bring diversity into the book and begins to show a bit of the culture.

Peter K. Gosh, isn’t he just perfect. He’s so cocky and flirty, but sweet and caring. Yes, at times I did think he was a bit of an ass but then he would instantly redeem himself with some cute little note or romantic gesture. His relationship with Lara Jean was to me so real and romantic from the very start and the banter they had with each other was not only really cute but funny!

Josh on the other hand was the good boy, the boyfriend everyone would dream of having and I loved his relationship with the whole family but for me I think i could only see him as a big brother figure towards Lara Jean. He was so kind and funny which made him that perfect male character. But if I had to pick a favourite it would have to be Kitty, as she’s so cute, funny and even sassy at times!

My favourite part of the book has to be the Halloween scene where Lara Jean dressed up as Cho Chang from Harry Potter because if she dressed up as anyone else they would think she was a manga character! When she and Josh started throwing spells at each other, again made me chuckle and when she had her moment with Peter; oh it was so freaking cute!

The ending I certainly didn’t expect but I was pleasantly surprised. I don’t want to give away what happens because it’s the climax of the novel and one of the cutest parts. I am so pleased that there’s another book because I don’t think I could have survived.

This was my first Jenny Han book, but it definitely won’t be the last. This was such a cute, quick, and fluffy yet meaningful read. I definitely recommend it, it’s perfect for summer. If you have any recommendations of which one of her books I should read please let me know in the comments below.