Don’t Judge a Book by Its Movie: The Kissing Booth

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was so good I decided to take a look at some other Netflix movies based on YA novels. First up for me was The Kissing Booth.

The Book:

The book is written by Beth Reekles and I found it totally cute, if a little bit whiny. Elle has always had a crush on her BFF, Lee’s, older brother. And after a kiss at the school fundraiser’s kissing booth, sparks fly and they can’t keep away from each other.

I love Lee and Elle’s friendship. I love that it is true and completely platonic. I did find Elle a bit annoying, but I could definitely see why she fell for the hot bad boy, Noah Flynn. He’s kinda sexy. The book goes deeper than the movie, continuing on past when the movie stops. I enjoyed the wrap up and thought it added a lot to the story. On it’s own, I’d give the book a solid three stars.

The Movie:

The movie focuses a lot more on the comedic aspects of the story, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But as I said earlier, I really appreciate the book’s conclusion and missed having that in the movie. Also, in the book it is obvious to everyone but Elle that Noah has always had a thing for her right back. I didn’t get that feeling in the movie. It seemed to surprise them both when feelings overtake them after the kiss. I like how it happens in the book better.

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The casting, which I thought was so spot on in To All  the Boys felt so off in Kissing Booth. Lee was the only character I felt that was well cast. Flynn was not sexy and when you put him next to Elle he looked and felt waaaay to old for her (even though he’s only supposed to be one year older). Turns out the couple is actually dating in real life which is even worse because I felt no chemistry between them whatsoever. And Joey King who plays Elle… I don’t mean to be critical. It just felt a little to me like Chloe Grace Moretz was busy so they asked her to do her best impression.

The movie version? Not a winner. Two-and-a-half stars tops.

In a Nutshell:

I thought both versions of the story were fun albeit a little frivolous. I don’t mind comedy at all, but I felt like the book had a lot more substance and therefore is my preference between the two. But I won’t be re-reading or re-watching either anytime soon. Both versions of the story could use a little injection of the charm that both the book and movie versions of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before had.



  1. I didn’t love the movie either, but I’m glad to hear the book is more enjoyable! I might give it a chance someday. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      • Haha no I get what you mean!! I’ll keep it in mind, but I’m not desperate to read it lol. I’ll let you know my thoughts though if I do!!

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