Last week I screened To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, and I breathed a huge sigh of relief because it was just as good as the first movie!
— Monica Delmonico (@MonicaDelmonico) February 6, 2020
I am a big fan of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before — the original movie which premiered on Netflix in August 2018. So going to see sequel To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, I was a little nervous.
Could the second movie ever be as good as the first? After all, I found the joy and hilarity of the first to stem from Lara Jean’s secret love letters that were mysteriously sent out to all of her past crushes, as well as her at-first-pretend romance with Peter Kavinski. But if Lara Jean now has a real-life boyfriend, how could the magic of her love letters really continue? After all, she has a boyfriend, so why would she consider another love interest when she is dating the IT boy at school, Peter Kavinsky?
Well, high school relationships — scratch that, relationships — are complicated.
And that’s exactly what Lara Jean learns in P.S. I Sill Love You. She can have the picture-perfect boyfriend, but she never received a girlfriend manual, as she puts it, so how on earth would she know how to be a good girlfriend?
I’ve never been a girlfriend before, I hope I’m good at it. — Lara Jean
P.S. I Still Love You picks up right where To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before left off. Peter and Lara head off on their first “real” date, and it’s great, but that’s when the trouble starts.
While Lara Jean is enamored with her boyfriend Peter, she constantly finds herself wondering if she is behaving as a girlfriend should, or if a special moment which is new for her has already been had for Peter with his ex.
For every first I was having with him, he had already had his with her. — Lara Jean
And then there is the issue with the love letters. You see, Kitty sent all of the letters out, and John Ambrose McClaren, Lara Jean’s model UN crush, received his and writes her back sharing how surprised and happy he was when he read her letter.
Let me just say, the drama could have ended there… but Lara Jean is wondering whether she should write John Ambrose back, and if that doesn’t sound like trouble, I don’t know what does.
I thought having a boyfriend meant the mere idea of other boys left your head. — Lara Jean
Since this is a spoiler-free review, you’re going to have to watch the new movie to find out what Lara Jean faces in the sequel. But I will leave you with my overall thoughts on To All The Boys 2.
P.S. I Still Love You is just as good as the first! Lara Jean is just as charming, she (still) loves to bake (#pensivebake), and her inner monologue is honest and vulnerable. While the movie was a lot of fun to watch, it’s also a little painful. High school is not all fun and games. It can be ugly, sad, and challenging — and this movie touches on those moments, too. (Let me just say I am so glad I don’t have to go back and do high school all over again. No, thank you.)
Stream P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix on February 12, 2020. Bake a batch of Lara Jean’s famous cupcakes (recipe here!) and invite your BFFs over for a fun movie night. This is one you will love to watch together!
About To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
It’s a new year and Lara Jean and Peter are no longer pretending to be a couple. They ARE a couple. And, as Lara Jean navigates a trove of official firsts with Peter — her first real kiss, her first real date, her first Valentine’s Day — she finds herself leaning more on Kitty and Margot, Chris, and an unexpected new confidant, Stormy, to help her manage the complex emotions that come with this new chapter of balancing a relationship and figuring out her authentic self. But when John Ambrose, another recipient of one of Lara Jean’s old love letters, enters her life again she must rely on herself more than ever as she’s confronted with her first real dilemma: Can she love two boys at the same time?
Stream P.S. I Still Love You on Netflix on February 12, 2020.