“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” follows the story of sheltered teenager, Lara Jean, who writes a series of love letters to five boys she has fallen in love with throughout her life. The letters aren’t meant for the boys to read, but rather they are a way for Lara Jean to let go of them. But one day, her letters are sent out anonymously and she is forced to confront the feelings she had bottled up since her first crush.
The film garnered buzz for featuring an Asian American actress as the lead. “Crazy Rich Asians,” also released this past summer, features an Asian American female lead as well, but some college students relate more to “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. Perhaps it’s everyone’s inner giddy teenager coming out to play, or the innocent essence the Netflix rom-com has. Regardless, Asian American teenage girls got to see a star that looks like them.
We decided to ask some of Chapman’s very own Asian American students about their opinion on the film and what it means to them. Take a look at their reactions to notable scenes and their answers to some questions many are asking.