On January 31, 2018, on a school night, I drove about a good hour away from work to because I was invited to see a private screening of Love, Simon based on the novel Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda!
After experiencing a bit of the January blues this was exactly what this tired teacher needed!
Sometimes when your just feeling like nothing could make you feel better it’s good to do something for yourself and shake up the routine a bit!
If I had to describe the experience of seeing Love, Simon in a few words I would say that it was kind of amazing! Like genuinely amazing!
Unfortunately, I committed a book nerd crime and I saw the movie before I read the book! I know! The horror!
Becky Albertalli’s book was so readable and so freaking cute that I just flew through the pages! If you want an easy read/emotionally gripping/quirky/adorable/coming-of-age book this is a perfect rec for you! Simon is officially one of my favorite characters and he just warmed my heart to the very core! I loved his innocence, his self-awareness, his awkwardness, his quirkiness, his insecurity, and his brutal honesty!
There are distinctions between the book and the movie but it didn’t derail from the essence of the story which is about a boy figuring out who he is and trying to live with the fact that he is gay. The story centers around a boy named Simon who is struggling with the growing pains and trying to come out to his friends and family. Unfortunately, Simon is put into a blackmailing situation where he may be forced to come out to everyone he knows including the whole school.
I felt that the book and the movie captured the spirit of the book and after walking out of the movie theatre my heart broke just a little because it was so darn heartwarming! I was in tears throughout the last twenty minutes of the movie and I fell in love with the characters! Immediately I finished the rest of the book within two days! I have to say that even though Simon has my heart, I am looking forward to reading more about the character of Leah! I am so stocked for the upcoming book Leah and the Offbeat! Totally a slave for any Becky Albertalli book and I hope they create more movies based on her books because Love, Simon was better than eating a bag of Oreos!