To All the Boys 2 fans are calling out the Netflix movie for being "nothing like the book"
13 February 2020, 13:22 | Updated: 13 February 2020, 13:26
To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You makes some major changes to the story of Lara Jean, Peter and John Ambrose.
Yesterday (Feb 13), Netflix released the long-awaited To All the Boys I've Loved Before sequel. P.S. I Still Love You sees Lara Jean Song Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) return to our screens and it reveals what happens to them when they actually commit to a proper relationship. Oh and then there's John Ambrose McClaren (Jordan Fisher).
Lara Jean finds herself in a love triangle with Peter and John Ambrose and it's all kinds of dramatic. However, readers of the Jenny Han books are calling out Netflix for making some massive changes to Lara Jean's love story in the new movie.
How is the P.S. I Still Love You book different to the film?
First things first, in the P.S. I Still Love You book, Lara Jean responds to John Ambrose's letter. The two actually become pen pals even though there's obviously some romantic tension between them. John Ambrose doesn't volunteer at Belleview but Lara Jean invites him to a reunion party with Peter, when they find out that the neighbourhood treehouse that they used to play in (and is also in the film) is being taken down. Much to Lara Jean's annoyance, Peter brings Gen with him.
Lara Jean and Peter then become suspicious of each other. Unlike in the film, the four of them play a game of Assassins like they did when they were kids and Lara Jean breaks up with Peter when she finds out that he knew that Gen shared the hot-tub video around school. Peter also asks Lara Jean to give him back the necklace he gave her as a Valentine's Day gift.
Another big difference in the book is that Stormy is John Ambrose's grandmother. He attends the Belleview dance that Lara Jean organises and the two of them drive off together and kiss after Lara Jean sees Peter hanging out with Gen in secret.
Lara Jean later learns that Peter has been kind to Gen because her father's been having an affair and she decides to end things with John Ambrose. She tells him that she would have chosen him if she hadn't fallen in love with Peter first.
Lara Jean and Peter then meet up, discuss their issues and profess their love for each other. The book ends with things much less open-ended than the movie and fans are angry that Netflix changed so much from the novel.
Here are just a few of the complaints so far.
#ToAlltheBoys2 was good but Netflix could’ve done more with John Ambrose’s character... in the book, he was a REAL competition...— oranghae (@kkaebsongly) February 12, 2020
I think the book best explains why Lara Jean chooses Peter over John Ambrose. She’s saying she would would pick him over Peter but Peter got there first. Timing is everything...💌 (I would’ve loved to see this in the movie bc it’s one of my favorite parts) #ToAlltheBoys2 pic.twitter.com/LvnvHv7Sz8— ✨ree (@ohsnapsitsriri) February 13, 2020
I wanted to see the part in the book where Lara Jean saw Peter and Gen at Belleview the night of the dance and she ends up leaving with John Ambrose and they drive off together and kisses him at the red stop light .. but yk that’s okay .. it be like that sometimes #ToAlltheBoys2— ✯ ✯ 𝓔𝓫𝓸𝓷𝔂 ✯ ✯ (@Ebonynevaeh) February 12, 2020
Just remember in the book, Peter was still texting Gen, was late to the treehouse party and brought Gen to it, knew the whole ass time she recorded the hot tub video bc he was waiting for her, and he was the one to ask for the necklace back #ToAlltheBoys2 #PSIStillLoveYou— Anna (@ughitsAnna_) February 12, 2020
yo they cut out so much shit from the book that was pivotal to the plot and I’m kinda pissed lmao #ToAlltheBoys2— 𝟐𝟒 ♡ 𝟐 🌻 (@starkscurry) February 12, 2020
THEY DID MY BABY JOHN AMBROSE DIRTY, I WISH THERE WERE MORE SCENE WITH HIM!!! it just seem like he wasn't important, when he was a major character in the books??? (also hated about john ambrose not being stormi's nephew?if i remember correctly?)#ToAlltheBoys2— cha 🌹 (@nolaeyeon) February 12, 2020
Obviously, no film is a completely loyal adaptation of the book that it's based on and Jenny Han was heavily involved in the movie. Still, it's understandable why fans of the Lara Jean trilogy are disappointed to see so many key plot points from the book missing from Netflix's To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Loved You.