Once the letters are dispersed, her chances of moving through life unnoticed disappear. A couple of them are, mercifully, moot points: One bounces, another's recipient never reaches out, and a third goes to a boy who comes out to Lara Jean as gay. The most problematic note heads to her next door neighbor, Josh Sanderson (Israel Broussard), her sister's new ex. But a solution to that awkwardness comes in the form of the fifth dude to get a letter: Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo). Reeling from his own break-up to a nasty popular girl -- and Lara Jean's former best friend -- Peter comes up with a plan: They will pretend to date, thereby helping both Lara Jean in avoiding the whole Josh situation and Peter in making his ex jealous. What could go wrong? Or maybe the more appropriate question is, what could go right?
Every aspect of To All the Boys is rendered sensitively, down to the way it carefully nods to Lara Jean's half-Korean identity. The movie gurgles with the repressed feelings of young people who can't quite figure out how to express their hearts' desires. It's hard to convey quietude on screen, but Condor shows us Lara Jean's nervous mind whirring even when she isn't saying anything. When we do hear her speak directly to us, Condor doesn't betray her character's innate internality. It truly feels like we're hearing her thoughts, not some overly rehearsed book report of her life. She's paired with Centineo, billed here (and in Netflix's upcoming Sierra Burgess Is a Loser) as the modern equivalent of Sixteen Candles' Jake Ryan. He mixes the natural charisma required for that type of sensitive, hot boy role with a casual, good-natured quality.