It’s Valentine’s week. A week to celebrate love.

And what better way to celebrate love than with a sweet love story?

LOVE, SIMON is a brand-spankin’-new movie, releasing March 16. It’s based on the fabulous novel Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by the equally lovely Becky Albertalli. I read Simon last summer and immediately adored it.

Ya’ll. YA’LL. You need to go see this movie.*

I had the extreme privilege of getting to see a pre-screening of LOVE, SIMON last week. (Shoutout to HCC Frenzy for the invite!!) If you follow me on Twitter, you’ll have seen my excitement and my reaction.

 

LOVE, SIMON is, as I said above, simply lovely. The movie is sweet and adorable and hilarious. It’s so much fun. I laughed so hard. I teared up. I smiled and smiled and smiled. I honestly think I smiled for 100 of the 110 minutes of the movie. It’s that wonderful.

If you don’t know the book or haven’t yet heard of the movie: Simon is our main character, he’s 17 and he’s gay. Problem is, nobody knows he’s gay and his school doesn’t seem like the safest place for being out. He wants to be his full self, but doesn’t quite know how to do that or how the people he cares about will react when they find out his secret. Life gets even more complicated for Simon when someone posts anonymously on the school’s Tumblr page that they are gay and that nobody knows. Simon and Blue, the anonymous poster, start emailing back and forth and fall in love. And then, the kicker, Simon gets blackmailed to protect his and Blue’s secrets. The whole time he’s trying to figure out which one of his classmates is Blue.

We’ve got rom-com, teenage coming of age story, family dynamics, changing friendships, and coming-out story. This story has so much to offer – to both teens and adults. And, a salve to my booknerd heart, it sticks very true to Becky Albertalli’s novel. Usually a book-to-movie adaptation makes me angry by changing key aspects of the story. While there are some changes, none of them change the essence of Simon.

*(I’m so glad I finally found a place to use the word y’all. This word makes me nearly as happy as this movie.)

Okay, I need to go read Simon again. And then go see LOVE, SIMON again as soon as it opens.

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*Love, Simon image via 20th Century Fox

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