Another disappointing Netflix Original: To All the Boys 3: Always and Forever


Mekiah Glynn, Staff Writer

Adapting books to movies is difficult and it’s natural to cut things out, but why change the entire structure? The movie starts out with the Covey family on their trip to Korea. From the very beginning, the movie is off to a bad start. In the book, the family leaves mid-book, after Lara Jean already graduated. 


One of the plotlines is the struggle the main characters have with picking colleges. In the books, Lara Jean lives in Virginia, so the colleges discussed were local to Virginia and relevant to teens raised in Virginia. The movie, however, took a more popular approach and used well-known colleges. Stanford and NYU are some of the colleges discussed. This path was set out from the first movie when the movie producers decided to make the Covey family live in Oregon rather than Virginia. 


The movie also completely leaves out two characters that were relevant to the emotions and viewpoint of the characters. Fan-favorite John Ambrose was left completely out of this movie even though his presence was the main issue from the second movie. Ambrose isn’t even mentioned, which leaves the viewers wondering how he fell out of Lara Jean’s life so quickly. In the book, Margot has a new boyfriend from her college in Scotland, but in the movie, she remains single and rarely talks about her college life. This isn’t a big change, but having a boyfriend might make Margot’s stance in Lara Jean’s problems more understandable. 


As a movie, To All the Boys 3: Always and Forever was good and exciting, but as a movie adapted from a book, the plot points fell through and the plot was off.