to all the boys meme


This sarcastic ‘To All the Boys’ meme got real dark real fast

Backs away slowly.


Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 26, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 7:56 am CDT

Since debuting on Netflix a week ago, the film To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before has become an immediate smash hit, breathing new life into the teen rom-com.

In the film, 16-year-old, half-Korean high school junior Lara Jean copes with her crushes on boys by writing them sealed love letters, which she keeps hidden away in a teal hatbox her late mother gave her. The strategy works until the letters “accidentally” get mailed and wacky hijinks ensue.

Eventually, Lara Jean (spoiler alert!) ends up making a real connection with one of the boys from her letters and (ostensibly) they live happily ever after—or whatever the expiration date is on a teen relationship, anyway.

Jenny Han, the author of the 2014 New York Times best-seller that the movie was inspired by, used her own experiences of writing secret letters to boys she had crushes on as a teenager.

Like most films in the genre, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before paints a dewy, innocent look at teen love through rose-colored glasses. Of course, that’s unfortunately not how real life romance always works. As a result, a sardonic backlash to the film has been growing on Twitter in the form of a meme riffing off the partial title of the movie.

You can see a few examples below:

At least one person used the meme to make a statement about gender and sexuality:

And I’m backing away slowly from this one:

Even Netflix Canada got in on the action with this far too relatable example:

If only we could all be so lucky to have a hunky dreamboat like Peter Kavinsky in our lives. Oh well. A girl (or guy) can always hope.


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*First Published: Aug 26, 2018, 8:33 am CDT