Love, Simon Deserved More Love

Love, Simon

Love, Simon

Directed by: Greg Berlanti

Grade: B+

Love, Simon is based on Becky Albertalli’s book Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda which was one I really enjoyed a couple of years back now. I didn’t catch this in the theater either and it didn’t seem to get a lot of attention outside the book community perhaps which is really a shame.

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the upside of unrequited


the upside of unrequited

by: Becky Albertalli

Grade: A-

I really enjoyed the author’s first book Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda so I was excited to pick this one up. Molly Peskin-Suso has had twenty-six crushes but never had a boyfriend. When her twin sister meets a new girl she tries to set her up with her best friend. But Molly’s also forming a friendship with her new co-worker that might finally be the real thing.

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda


 Now these kids are a lot more relatable to me. Parts of this book was like watching an eighties teen movie, in a good way. Simon is a gay teenager living in suburban Atlanta e-mailing with another young man called Blue who goes to his school. Neither one of them are out yet to anyone which is a problem when another student accidentally accesses Simon’s e-mail and then uses the information to blackmail Simon into getting a girl to go out with him.

 Now I know that sounds bad but I swear the blackmailing portion isn’t a huge part of the book and he could have been blackmailed for money or something.

 I liked Simon, I liked his family and I liked his friends. We get inside his head and it all makes sense to me. These kids are smart, funny, up on pop culture and just trying to grow up. Yes when the- you- know what hits the fan there are reverberations including some seriously hurt feelings. This was a quick read and rather consuming. I was only going to check out a chapter and then read something that had been on the backburner for a while but I really wanted to see if it worked out for Simon and Blue and all the supporting characters as well. Heck in the end I even felt sorry for the blackmailer (Martin) although not that much.

 Downsides: I went back and forth on whom Blue was but halfway through the book I had it so that wasn’t much of a surprise at the end. Also I’m not in any way a romantically inclined person. I’m happiest when a story ends with happily ever after and several relationships in this book including familial ones get all sappy and gooey so I was rolling my eyes a bit there at the end but that’s just me. Possible Warning: Not everything goes easy for Simon. There’s a couple very harsh instances that happen that might upset people if they’ve ever been the victims of bullying but it’s dealt with quickly by teachers in the school.

 Recommend: Yes. This is a very different book then Solitaire or a lot of YA I’ve been reading recently. I have to be honest though they are very relatable characters and I really enjoyed reading something for once that skewed toward the uplifting and happy.