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“To All The Boys: Always and Forever” is a great rom-com, if you’ve read the books

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Lana Condor and Noah Centineo share a scene in “To All The Boys: Always and Forever.”

“To All The Boys: Always and Forever” is an exceptionally satisfying movie that will make you long for a love story of your own. That is, if you have already read the books. 

“To All The Boys: Always and Forever” is the third and final movie in the Netflix original series, “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.” The movies are based on the author Jenny Han’s book series of the same name. 

The young adult book series came out in 2014. It tells the story of Laura Jean, a hopeless romantic who has seen every classic romcom, read every cheesy paperback and watched “The Golden Girls” on repeat with her sisters. Following her desire to live out her own romantic fantasy Laura Jean writes love letters to every boy she has had a crush on, which makes up five in total.

The letters get sent out to “all the boys she’s loved before,” and after a series of awkward moments and second-hand embarrassment, Laura Jean gets to experience her own love story. From fake dating to real love, Laura Jean and Peter Kavinsky finish off their last years of high school together as a couple. 

The third movie, which was released on Feb. 12, follows the couple in their senior year of high school as they wait anxiously for their college acceptance letters, and try to live out their last days before college. 

Laura Jean and Peter have a plan in the beginning: graduate high school and move to Stanford University, where they will go to school together and continue to date. 

All is well, until things start to happen that make the couple question the realistic nature of their plan. Then, they are stuck in the question that many seniors in high school face: how do you date your high school sweetheart in college?

Though the movie left out many of my favorite scenes from the book, it still depicted the growing relationship between Laura Jean and Peter in a satisfying, adorable way. 

 To fully appreciate the little moments of the movie, it is important to read the book. Otherwise the movie won’t make sense or have as much impact. The film plot line follows the book similarly, but the scenes do not have as much detail as needed to explain why they matter. 

The extra details come from reading the book, and the little moments that the movie throws in will be meaningful and further develop the plot. 

There has been a lot of criticism of Peter’s character in the third movie, compared to the rest of the films, on social media. Many people find him awkward and too weird, but this shows the development of his character from the first film. He doesn’t care what people think when he’s with Laura Jean — he just wants to make her smile and enjoy their time together. 

Considering her love for romcoms, his actions fit perfectly into the film’s romantic comedy format. It also shows how he has moved past the jock he was in the first movie. He is comfortable with being himself and enjoys the last year of high school with his friends and girlfriend. 

This movie has many touching moments between the couple and doesn’t hold as much over-the-top drama that was in the first two films. This also shows the growth of Han, and her ability to tell a story with a conflict that is very relatable and realistic. 

“To All The Boys: Always and Forever” is definitely worth a watch, but make sure you take the time to at least SparkNote the book. It will be much more enjoyable that way. 

Follow Alida on Twitter @AlidaBenoit

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Alida is a sophomore Graphic Design major from Brunswick, Maine. Her passions include reading, writing, listening to music, and playing with her dog, Sirius Black. After graduation, she hopes to work for a publishing company and travel the world. Follow Alida on Twitter @AlidaBenoit  
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