In the past couple of years, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli has been HUGE in the book blogging community. People have been loving it, and for good reason! It’s full of great LGBT rep, and perfect characters that you can’t help but love. You can read my review of the book here.
I finally read this book this year when I found out that the film adaptation, called Love, Simon, was being released. I’m glad I read it first because it made me SO excited to go and see the film! Here’s what I thought…
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Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.
UK Release: 6th April 2018
Director: Greg Berlanti
Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg, Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale
Love, Simon: My Thoughts
I’ll cut straight to the chase: Love, Simon was SO GOOD and SO close to the book!! I think it helped that the author had a lot of input (I think). I absolutely loved the cast – every character was cast perfectly. Some of them might not have been how I imagined them, but every single one of them was captured perfectly (so much that I forgot how I imagined them in the first place). Simon’s parents were perfect too, and I loved the dynamic of his family.
The way they did the Blue mystery was great, with all of the ‘suspects’ taking turns to be in Blue’s place so we were teased into believing that each person was Blue. The whole thing is a bit less mysterious in the film and I thought it was fairly obvious who it was early on (maybe because I already knew). However, I feel like it’s a lot easier to be more mysterious in a book, so this didn’t bother me one bit.
There were a couple of things they were different from the book, but I didn’t mind these at all because they were all pretty insignificant. For example, book Simon has 2 sisters, but in the film he has 1; in the book, Leah plays drums in a concert, but doesn’t in the film; etc. The only thing that niggled me a bit (okay, maybe a lot) was the fact that (warning – spoilers) in the film, Leah suddenly told Simon that she was in love with him. That doesn’t happen in the book, does it?!! I was a bit surprised at that.
The ending, where Simon finds out who Blue is while sitting on a ferris wheel in front of a cheering crowd, was cheesy as heck – but it was perfect for a film like this. It’s the sort of film where you don’t care about bits being cheesy. It was the best ending, and definitely lived up to the ending in the book.
Love, Simon was so good, especially if you love a great feel-good film that perfectly captures the essence of the original book. It’s also great for LGBT representation, which we can never have enough of!
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