“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” Continues Iconic Teen Love Story

Netflix Releases the Second Film in the Popular Book Series

“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” Continues Iconic Teen Love Story

Amy Gordon, Staff Writer

When “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” originally came out Feb. 12, fans were left satisfied with the unexpected couple of Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter (Noah Centineo) finally falling for each other. However, in “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You,” past crushes reappear to complicate their relationship and force Lara Jean and Peter to make serious decisions about where their commitment lies. This sequel continued the love story through a captivating plot and strong character development to keep fans engaged and rooting for their favorite couple. 

This movie was highly anticipated by fans when its trailer dropped on Dec. 19. It was announced that it would be released exclusively on Netflix on Feb. 12—two days before Valentine’s Day. 

In the first movie of this popular, teen romance series Lara Jean had written letters to all of her previous crushes, which her younger sister had then mailed without Lara Jean’s permission. Although it led her to her new significant other, Peter, it also rekindled feelings for an old crush. John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher) originally met Lara Jean when they were younger, but they are brought together again during volunteer work at a senior center. With both Peter and John Ambrose competing for her heart, Lara Jean is forced to choose between her boyfriend and her childhood love. 

Although viewers rooted for Peter to win Lara Jean’s heart in the first movie, there was debate on who she should fall for in this sequel due to the complexities and change in their new relationship. Peter and Lara Jean fell for each other gradually and developed a wholesome and caring relationship, despite how different they were in the first film. In the second movie, viewers are shown how the two adjust to each other and their differences in experience with relationships. However, Peter becomes less like the boy Lara Jean originally fell for and changes to be overly protective of his girlfriend while also sneaking around with his ex-girlfriend, Gen. John Ambrose is a new character, but Lara Jean and him have a strong past, as they realize their feelings from elementary school are still lingering. 

“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” introduces new characters such as John Ambrose as well as Stormy, an elderly woman who lives at the senior center Lara Jean volunteers for. Stormy acts almost as a mother figure towards Lara Jean and continuously gives her advice, as she struggles to find where her love lies. Viewers also see a different side of Gen, Peter’s ex-girlfriend, who is no longer trying to torment Lara Jean, but confides in Peter through her parents’ divorce. These new characters differentiate the sequel from the original movie and show more depth to characters who viewers initially only saw one side of. 

This sequel’s ending was found debatable by fans and many did not agree with Lara Jean’s final decision, determining whether or not the ending was actually satisfying for each viewer. Most could decide, however, that the film successfully continued Peter and Lara Jean’s story while adding in new characters and backstories to intensify the plot. Overall, “To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” left fans content but insatiable for another sequel, “To All The Boys: Always and Forever, Lara Jean,” which has been in the making since July 2019, following the book series.