The Kissing Booth 2 premiered on Netflix a few weeks ago, and I decided that it was time for me to read the book and watch the movie. I read the book a few weeks ago and I loved it so I watched the movie last week so now it’s time to compare the two.
The Kissing Booth 2 basically starts right where the first book/movie left off. It takes us through Lee and Elle’s senior year. Elle is struggling with her long distance relationship with Noah. Lee is struggling with balancing his relationship with Rachel with his friendship with Elle. And, there’s a new kid in school that Elle is getting close to. And as Elle is struggling with her long-distance relationship, she sees a picture of Noah getting cozy with another girl. Scandalous.
Okay so there are so many differences between the book and the movie that it’s not even funny. First and foremost, the names of the new characters in this book were different. Chloe’s name in the novel was Amanda, and Marco’s name in the book was Levi.
Furthermore, in the movie, Noah was definitely more communicative with Elle than in the book. For example, he wanted Elle to visit him and they had a cute romantic weekend. That was totally different than the book. Adding onto that, one of the main differences in the book was that Elle and Noah broke up in the book versus the movie. Spoiler, they do get back together.
One other plot that didn’t exist in the book was the dance contest between Elle and Lee. This was important because it helped Elle pay for college as well.
Finally, one of the differences I’ve noticed was that Elle seemed to struggle more in the book than in the movie. In the book, she wasn’t able to get a job and struggled to complete her college essay. In the movie, it seemed like she had her life really together which was good, but didn’t coincide with the book.
I loved both the book and the movie for different reasons. However, in both situations, there is one final bone to pick. We never got to find out where Elle was going to college. Sure, there are rumors that there will be a third one next year. But, I wish that the movie at least told us where she was going.
Did you watch the Kissing Booth 2? Did you read the book? Let me know in the comments below. Also, be sure to check out my original book vs. movie of the Kissing Booth here.