Romantic Moment #1
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
So I reviewed this adorable movie last year as part of my series Non-Austen Films for Austen Fans. I put it on for background noise and became completely sucked in.
So Laura Jean has had some big changes. Her best friend Josh (who she was secretly in love with) started dating her older sister Margo; it is the start of junior year and Margo is heading off to college to Scotland; Laura is feeling a little lost as she is losing her other best friend and the one she has (Josh)…well it is even more awkward now that he isn’t dating her sister than when he was.
Everything seems normal, lonely, but normal until one day Peter Kavinsky approaches her out of the blue stating that nothing will ever happen between them.
Laura Jean is confused until she realized he got his letter!
You see every time Laura Jean has fallen in love with a boy she would write them a love letter, but she never sends them. She addresses it, seals it, and stashes it in her closet. She has fallen in love with five guys, so far:
- Kenny from camp
- John Ambrose McClaren from Model U. N.
- Peter Kavinsky in 7th Grade
- Lucas after Homecoming
- Josh Sanderson, best friend turned sister’s boyfriend
She is horrified the letters were sent out but even more so that Josh will be getting one-oh no!
Peter’s girlfriend, Genevieve, dumped him for a college guy, and in order to get her back-he approaches Laura Jean about pretending to be his new girlfriend, as him dating Laura Jean will piss her off. Laura Jean isn’t interested, but then Peter points out that if they are “dating”, then Josh won’t believe the letter is how Laura Jean feels now-and no awkward conversations will have to be done with Josh or Margo. Laura Jean agrees after they come up with a series of rules.
The two start “dating” and really enjoying each other’s company. Everything is going great until Laura Jean falls in love with her fake boyfriend. Will everything turn out okay?
Most Romantic Moment: I Wrote You Love Letters
So when Laura Jean and Peter are negotiating thier “dating contract” he negotiates writing her a love note every day. Genevieve always wanted him to that and he never did, so he knows it will get her super angry and jealous.
It works as Peter gives Laura Jean one every day and often in front of Genevieve. Laura Jean figures they are nothing, or might even be blank, never reading them but throwing them away.
Later after she and Peter have been “dating”, and she falls hard for him, they break up after a video of them kissing goes online and he spends the night with Genevieve “talking” to her. All night?
Peter says nothing happened, but Laura is not buying it.
However, Laura is heartbroken over it.
One day while she is sharing how she feels with Josh, her sister reveals that she saved the love notes, and Laura Jean is surprised to see that Peter really wrote her a love note every day.
I totally didn’t see that coming as what teenage boy would right love letters? I thought they would be blank too. But no, he wrote amazing love letters!
What can I say? I’m a sucker for a love letter!
For more on To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, go to Non-Austen Films for Austen Fans: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)
For more love letters, go to You Were Right, Let’s Get Married: Psycho (1960)
For more “fake relationships”, go to Even Though You Are Only Using Me and Made Me Look Like a Jerk, I Only Care About Helping You: Picture Perfect (1997)