‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever:’ What Does the Title Reference in the Netflix Movie?

To All the Boys: Always and Forever came out on Netflix on February 12, giving fans an end to Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky’s (Noah Centineo) story. The third movie shows the high school seniors gearing up for the next phase of their lives and figuring out how their relationship fits into that. What does the title, To All the Boys: Always and Forever, reference in the film?

[Spoiler alert: The following contains spoilers for To All the Boys: Always and Forever.]

Lara Jean and Peter in To All the Boys: Always and Forever
Noah Centineo and Lana Condor | Katie Yu / Netflix

Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky figure out their future in the movie

While the first two films show Lara Jean and Peter establishing themselves as a couple, To All the Boys: Always and Forever has them figuring out what will be next for them.

Firstly, the two seem to have it all determined at the start of the movie. Peter snags a Stanford scholarship and Lara Jean is waiting to hear back from the Northern California school. However, a school trip makes Lara Jean realize that even though she loves Peter, she also loves New York City.

Visiting New York University and getting into the school makes her question everything, including whether sacrificing her possible career is worth it for her boyfriend. Along the way, Lara Jean visits Seoul with her family, and tests out various desserts. Her father’s upcoming wedding and her little sister’s first boyfriend make her question her own journey with Peter, too.

Lara Jean Covey prioritizes herself in the ‘To All the Boys’ final film

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Even though Lara Jean is shown as dedicated to her boyfriend, she knows she can’t give up where she really wants to go to college. She initially agrees to go to the University of California, Berkeley, then transfer to Stanford one year later. But Lara Jean questions if she’d grow resentful keeping to that plan.

The couple grows apart after Lara Jean tells Peter that she got into NYU — and she wants to go there. They break up on prom night.

By the end of the movie, Peter shows Lara Jean that he wants to make it work with her. And the way he does this is a reference to the film’s title.

What does the ‘To All the Boys: Always and Forever’ title mean?

In the final scene, Lara Jean finds her senior yearbook after her dad’s wedding reception. She sees that Peter signed her yearbook describing their meet-cute, which Lara Jean had admitted she forgot.

He describes them meeting at a school assembly, in which he helped her untie her hair from her chair.

“I had no clue then that you would become who you are now: the most important person in my life,” he wrote in her yearbook. “Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am that you chose me. We’ve been through so much together Lara Jean, and I never should have doubted that we’d get through this too.”

Then Peter encourages Lara Jean to go to New York — while dating him long-distance if she wants.

“But I got scared and I hurt you,” he continued. “I am so, so sorry. Of course, you should go to New York. You should do all the things you want to do. I never want to be the guy holding you back. I want to be the one by your side. It won’t always be easy, but I want to do whatever it takes to make this work. Because that’s what you do when you love someone.”

Then, his conclusion referenced the film title itself in the absolutely sweetest way.

“And besides, if we’re gonna be together forever, then four years of college isn’t such a big deal,” he said. “If you agree, then please consider this our new contract. I will love you, Lara Jean. Always and forever, Peter.”