To all the viewers that have ever loved before- ‘P.S. I Still Love You’

Hannah Stanley, Assistant Editor-in-Chief

A sequel to “To All the Boys I’ve Ever Loved Before,” inspired by Jenny Han’s book series, “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” continues the chaotic love relationship between high school students Peter Kavinsky and Lara Jean Covey– acted by Noah Centino and Lana Condor.

Rated PG-13, the Netflix Original movie follows the two along their last bits of high school and the activities that come along with it. The new relationship brings many doubts and insecurities for Lara Jean because of Peter’s ex-girlfriend, Genevieve (Jen for short and played by Emilija Baranac), who is also Lara Jean’s ex-best friend.

The constant feud between Jen and Lara Jean adds many moments of drama and fights in Lara Jean’s new relationship with Peter. However, it is the tearing down of the characters’ childhood treehouse that reunites Jen and Lara Jean.

“I think the biggest take away is to make up with your friends no matter what,” senior Hayley Negley said.

And yet such a message is complicated when John Ambrose McClaren, acted by Jordan Fisher, brings quite the plot twist for movie viewers. For those who are unfamiliar with the first movie, John Ambrose was the recipient of the only letter not returned to Lara Jean, who hoped it had been lost forever in the mail.

Yet, with Lara Jean’s luck, he not only receives the letter, he writes back. Conflicted, Lara Jean does not know whether to write back or not now that she has a boyfriend. In the end, she doesn’t have to decide because they both end up participating in the same volunteer opportunity. Now viewers are left to take sides– John Ambrose or Peter Kavinsky.

“I was rooting for John Ambrose because he seemed very genuine, and he wouldn’t have broken her heart the way Peter did,” junior Jennifer Lopez said.

Throughout this love drama, viewers were left with some cliff hangers and a wild ride of twists and turns. Additionally, careful observers of both movies would have noted an inconsistency.

In the first movie, John Ambrose is portrayed by actor Jordan Burtchett when Lara Jean was reminiscing about the boys she attended grade school with and directed the letters to, but in the second movie, he is played by Fisher.

“One thing was that they changed the actor for John Ambrose, so that was a little bit of a curveball,” Negley said.

Another change from the first movie was the increased amount of corniness among the actors, which displeased some viewers.

“It was very cheesy, very unrealistic to me,” Mia Castillo, senior, said. “It was a very predictable ending.”

Despite some dislikes, most found that the movie left them with a warm heart and a smile

“I liked the movie a lot more than I thought I would,” senior Tyler Kreis said. “I don’t typically watch rom-coms or romance movies.”

And while the ending might have been predictable for some, others found it satisfying.

Lopez said, “I really enjoyed the ending…. It was just the right way to end things.”