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Jenny Han’s novel, “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” is a coming of age film that follows Lara Jean Covey’s journey through high school as she is dealing with the grief of her mother’s death and the release of her private love letters.
The level of accuracy and realism in love stories such as this one is always questioned due to the overly polished nature of the storyline and obviously scripted conversations. Fortunately, that’s not the case in this movie. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a relatable movie full of everyday drama, friendship, and romance.
An example of the realism in the film is when the character Genevieve is introduced to the audience. When Covey is waving to Josh, she accidentally backs into Gen, who insults Covey’s shoes. Their outburst of insults doesn’t sound scripted and seems like a very real and regular conversation between two girls in a dispute. In any other high school film, the mean girl has perfect insults and timing when launching them. But in this movie, Gen, Chris, and Covey all have plenty to say and by the end Gen has given up and simply walks away.
Additionally, Gen is gorgeous but most certainly isn’t perfect, and unlike most mean girls in movies, she definitely is not the most beautiful girl in school. The mean girls in movies tend to wear huge amounts of makeup and dress differently from all the other girls, but Gen dresses like anyone in the real world might on a regular day and doesn’t differentiate herself very much from other girls in the film.
Full of drama, friendship and romance, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is relatable for all high school students because the characters portray people we all know. The characters are familiar to audiences for these reasons and, therefore, they can connect to them.