This review includes NO SPOILERS for Love, Simon or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
One must allows guard their heart when watching a book-to-movie adaptation. As any bookworm knows, books turned movies don’t always go as well as we hope.
However, I can say with absolute certainty, that Love, Simon, will not disappoint.
If you don’t know, Love, Simon is the adaptation to Becky Alberatalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, one of YA’s most beloved fluffy contemporaries.
Imagine the cutest romcom you’ve ever seen. Love, Simon, is even sweeter. I had a dopey grin on my face the entire time.
Also, this movie was really, really funny. Along with the grin, I was laughing at every other line. The humor was natural and really true to teenagers.
The casting was on point, exactly how I imagined each character would act in real life.
Nick, who I never really noticed in the book, became one of my favorite characters on screen. Martin was an absolute mess, like in the book, and Leah, who I actually disliked in the book, was awesome. I loved Simon’s family, the way Blue was portrayed (and the casting for his character) for the majority of the movie, and the soundtrack made me want to pump my fist the entire time.
Plus, the film gets a lot about what being in high school and hanging out with friends is like. From not being able to use your phone in class to drinking iced coffee constantly. It was real.
Here’s the weirdest part: the movie makes quite a few changes. A lot of them make sense – things that are way to hard to explain on screen and extra characters that fill the story up, or add more tension to the plot. A few differences that I thought might bother me actually didn’t, and I left feeling extremely satisfied with the director’s take on the book.
When my sister and I walked into the theater, we thought we were in the wrong room – I’d expected to see a room full of teenage girls – YA’s main audience. I was surprised to find a room full of middle-aged men, mostly coupled up.
It reminded me that they didn’t have movies like this growing up. Especially not ones with so much publicity. This was probably one of the first times they’d ever seen themselves on the big screen and that is an incredibly bittersweet thing.
If there’s one book-to-movie adaptation you should watch, it’s this one (excluding The Hate U Give, which we all know is going to become my new fave). If not for what a great adaptation it is, then to show support for a Hollywood rarity: watching two teenage boys, on the big screen, falling happily in love (for the most part).
Do you plan on seeing Love, Simon? If not, why? Have you already seen it? What did you think? Tell me in the comments! 🙂