“Love, Simon” (2018)

I’m a pretty big reader, and usually I’m always the advocate for reading the book before seeing the film, but my 2018 reading challenge tells me I have to read a book made into a movie I’ve already seen. Since there’s not many of them that I’m really interested in, I decided to go and see “Love, Simon” before I read “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli.

Holy Guacamole, it was so good. It was so good! It’s about goddamn fucking time that we have a major, mainstream teen rom-com with a gay lead. Now that we finally have one, thank god they did it right.

Love, Simon follows Simon Spier, a closeted gay teen in high school. When an anonymous confession of another gay student at his school appears online, Simon reaches out to him and they soon develop a friendship that could lead to more, if only they would reveal their identity to each other. When Martin, another student at the school, discovers their emails, he begins to blackmail Simon into helping him win the affections of his friend Abby.

Nick Robinson, who plays the title character of Simon, is just great. He really is. I went into it thinking of him as “the kid from Jurassic World” but I came out of it thinking of him as “Simon.” Job well done, my friend! The rest of the cast was also stellar – in particular Katherine Langford as Simon’s best friend Leah (who is apparently my spirit animal), Natasha Rothwell as the drama teacher Ms. Albright (who made me spit my frozen coke out, I laughed so hard), and Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner as Simon’s parents (Josh Duhamel might now by playing the Dad roles and his beard may have turned grey, but let me tell you, I would still love to win a date with Tad Hamilton).

Director Greg Berlanti may not have directed a whole lot of feature films, but his experience in the industry (most notably in television) is impressive. On top of that, he’s a proud gay filmmaker who was absolutely the right person to tell this story on screen. It’s ridiculously relatable and realistic, the screenplay (written by Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger) is funny and heart-warming, and the soundtrack is near perfect.

Yes, Love, Simon is a love story, but the relationship between Simon and the mysterious “Blue” isn’t the only one, nor is it the most important in my opinion. Love, Simon is also about friendship and family, and the relationships Simon has with each person in his life. It’s a story of trying to “fit in” in high school, of making bad decisions and dealing with the consequences, and of acceptance. It’s just freakin’ beautiful.


12 thoughts on ““Love, Simon” (2018)

  1. Amy says:

    I can’t wait to see this, I was gonna go on the weekend but we didn’t get time, so I might go see it this weekend instead. I didn’t know it was a book though!


    • Kayla Dwyer says:

      Yeah do it!! I think you’ll really enjoy it. Yeah, the book just has a different title so I think a fair few people didn’t realise. The only reason I figured it out is because the movie
      poster art is quite similar to the book cover art!


    • Kayla Dwyer says:

      Have you seen it? Would love to hear your thoughts too! The blackmail part of it is definitely frustrating and made me so mad and feel so bad for Simon, especially since he should be totally and completely in charge of how and when he decides to tell people about his own sexuality, but I think it’s also kind of important to the overall story.


  2. Kassy (@up) says:

    That is wonderful that you liked the movie. It’s great to see that there are more films that represent people from all walks of life and it needs to happen more often!

    ((Sorry if you got a double comment. I tried to send it and I think my internet had a moment.))


    • Kayla Dwyer says:

      Absolutely loving the extra representation we’re getting! Agreed, it definitely needs to happen more often, but I think we’re finally heading in the right direction ๐Ÿ™‚ Fingers crossed, at least!


  3. Cat says:

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about “Love, Simon”! That makes me happy since gay characters aren’t always represented well in media. I’m tempted to check out the book before the movie!


    • Kayla Dwyer says:

      You’re totally right, sometimes I feel like they do more harm than good unfortunately. I hate when they’re made into the token gay BFF or whatever. Let me know what you think of the book if you end up picking it up! I’m still yet to, but I will try to soon ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. yayamy says:

    I really want to go see this. Iโ€™ve never actually read the book and hadnโ€™t heard of it until the film came out, but it sounds great. Glad you enjoyed watching it.

    Your reading challenge sounds really fun. I always tend to read books before watching films, so itโ€™d definitely challenge me. Hope youโ€™re enjoying it!

    – Amy (mamyology.com)


    • Kayla Dwyer says:

      You should definitely go see it!
      It’s really fun, makes me pick up books I wouldn’t usually think to pick up ๐Ÿ™‚ You should give it a go! They have a different challenge every year.


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