“I remember exactly how it felt to see that first message from him in my inbox. It was a little bit surreal. He wanted to know about me. For the next few days at school after that, it felt like I was a character in a movie. I could almost imagine a close-up of my face, projected wide-screen. It's strange, because in reality, I'm not the leading guy. Maybe I'm the best friend.”
- Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
A heartwarming coming out story!
Since 2015, I've kept Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda very close to my heart. The reason? Simon's story changed me in the best way possible. And I can't tell you how excited I was for Love, Simon! The book and movie made the world a little brighter I think. They were spectacular in their own ways. Just so much 💓💕💖💗💘💞love💓💕💖💗💘💞 you know?
OKAY I SWEAR this is a book review. I'll stop gushing... for now. Alright so, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about Simon Spier and he's has, I quote, "a huge ass secret". The secret? He's gay and is struggling to come out to his family and friends. Well, actually two people know Simon is gay. Blue, his online
It doesn't seem like it by the blurb but family and friends play a huge role in this story. Simon' has two sisters and a mom & dad. His parents are the biggest lovebirds EVER and his sisters are just awesome. Even though they were casted on the sideline, his well-rounded family were always on Simon's mind. Now, his friends were truly #squadgoals. There was Leah and Nick, his two childhood friends, and Abby, who recently joined the group in high school. The four of them were so close knitted and funny! Their dialogue and interactions were pure gold. Between having a blast at drama club or late nights at Waffle House, the four friends only grew closer throughout the story.
I could gush about the characters all day but I NEED to talk about the plot. The plot isn't really intricate or complex, it's more emotional and about vulnerability. Simon wants his coming out moment to be his and Marvin takes that away from him. You can see his frustration and anxiety grow throughout his junior year and he does snap. He's stuck lying to the people he loves and, at times, Simon knows he's being selfish and he HATES it. But his relationship with Blue is so secretive and fragile... he doesn't want to lose Blue. See?! I told you it's emotional!!
How Becky Albertalli created the most lighthearted blackmail story is beyond my wildest dreams. Her entertaining dialogue, awkward scenes, and relatable characters made Simon's story, well, Simon's story. Her writing is like the cherry on top. Honestly, Simon's story is a simple one in today's world- it's just a teenage boy trying to come out. But it's incredibly moving and I can't recommend it enough.
- Bullying (cyber and blackmail)
- A minor sexual experimentation
- Alcohol (in two separate scenes, simon gets drunk)
- Homophobic actions
If you couldn't tell, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is one of my favorite books all time! It's on the older side of YA but still widely praised. I recommend Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda to everyone, but especially if you're looking for a realistic coming of age story.
Now, I was so so so nervous for Love, Simon. Book-to-movie adaptations can be a hit-or-miss with me. Gahh I remember walking into the theater with a bag of Oreos, hoping for the best.
So, no book-to-movie adaptation is going to be perfect, but this one was pretty damn close! In a way, they really did capture Simon's story, The atmosphere and dialogue seemed straight out of the book, but other aspects didn't. The movie was a polished up version of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, which didn't bother me but something to keep in mind for Simon fans. To be honest, this movie was like a breath of relief for me. Simon finally got his movie and I couldn't be happier!
Love, Simon did follow the same concept as Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Simon is a closeted boy in high school, he starts sending emails to a boy named Blue (who is also in the closet), and Martin discovers the emails and uses them for blackmail. Of course they got rid of a few things and added new things but all-in-all? The movie followed the book really well. Like I said before, the atmosphere and dialogue were spot on from the book. They were probably my favorite parts about the movie. Some scenes left me on the verge of tears because my!!! heart!!! or laughing so much I almost choked on Oreos. Also, marketing team for Love, Simon was incredible. I love seeing the clever "coming out" and "dear moviegoers, please form a line at concessions. it doesn't have to be straight." ads everywhere.
Alright I wanna address a few negative things THEN back to the positive stuff okay? Right off the bat, I think Nick Robinson was an okay actor. Yes, he didn't look like Simon but that didn't bother me- it's just his acting skills are so... mediocre. I don't know, I just think Simon deserved someone else. And there's the fact that a few actors and actresses didn't look like teens, which always kinda bothers me. So besides Nick Robinson and a few of the actors/actresses looking like full grown adults, the acting was great (especially keiynan lonsdale i love him <3)! The last thing I wanna address is a few scenes rubbed off on me the wrong way. But I won't go into detail with those scenes because a) spoilers and b) it's definitely because of my own experiences so those scenes probably won't affect y'all. So tell me know if you bookaholics want a spoiler review.
I believe the impact of Love, Simon is honestly the most heartwarming thing I've seen all year. I saw the movie with my lovely mom and it was really nice to spend the day with her. But, around the web, I saw so many teens come out to their family and friends after Love, Simon. (so proud of y'all!!) I also know Love, Simon was learning experience for many, an eye-opener even. And so many celebrities bought out theaters and gave away tickets to people asdfghjkl the overwhelming support for this movie was incredible! Love, Simon made some huge waves in mainstream media and I truly believe his story was just the beginning.
THIS MOVIE IS RATED PG-13 FOR:
- Sexual references
- Teen partying
Love, Simon is long overdue in the movie world. I mean, when's the last time you saw a gay romcom? Exactly. Anyway, if you're a fan of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, you will definitely enjoy Love, Simon. The movie stays loyal to the book, has scenes that will tug the heartstrings, and new lovable characters. Please see it theaters or preorder on the DVD now!
OH AND THE MOVIE SOUNDTRACK IS AMAZING! Anyhoo, have you seen Love, Simon? Or read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda? Share your non-spoiler thoughts below! Is anyone excited Leah on the Offbeat? I know I am 🙋🙋