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Teenage Review of ‘Love, Simon’

Without a doubt, Simon Spier (played by Nick Robinson) completely captivates the audience. He made us laugh, he made us cry, and he made us cheer. The overflowing charm of the movie is undeniable.

Recently, I was given the opportunity to see an early screening of Love, Simon: an LGBTQ-led rom-com based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda. The movie is playing in theatres now and we at Affinity absolutely recommend it to you. 

Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda is one of my favorite novels of all time (I strongly recommend adding it to your ‘to read’ list if you haven’t already). I grew up in Georgia, so I felt extremely connected to Simon as soon as he was introduced. Everything about that book is an honest blessing, from Simon’s sister being obsessed with cooking shows to the anticipation you feel when it nears the end and you haven’t figured out who Blue is yet. The movie is no different. Both manage to capture what it feels like being an LGBTQ+ kid in high school, and for that, I’ll be forever thankful.

The storyline and movie are emotional and will win your heart.

You’ll cringe when vice principal Mr. Worth tries to act cool. You’ll feel second-hand embarrassment when Martin tries to impress Abby at a party. You’ll be rocking back and forth when Simon tries to figure out who Blue is.

Aside from the storyline, I adore the work of the director Greg Berlanti. I love the small details that made the film their own, from adding in Mr. Worth to iced-coffee metaphors. Personally, I believe the Mr. Worth, being ever present and clingy in Simon’s life, might be the one thing missing from the book.

The cast, as seen in their multiple interviews and videos, obviously felt very close to and passionate about the story. They were all engaged and captivated with their characters — and it showed. I strongly believe that Logan Miller, playing the character of Martin, was perfectly cast.

Even though Love, Simon and Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda have their differences, I can wholeheartedly say that it is the rom-com that LGBTQ+ kids have unknowingly needed all this time. Whether I’m talking about the book or the movie, I love the iconic message both Becky Albertalli and Greg Berlanti unapologetically express: Why is straight the default?

Love, Simon is officially in theatres now. Buy your tickets here.

For more, check out: Why Teens Are In Love With ‘Love, Simon’  and Interview: Why ‘Love, Simon’ Star Alexandra Shipp Will Be Your New Favorite Actress

Cover Image Courtesy of 20th Century Fox and Ben Rothstein

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Written by Rhea Varma

Hi guys! I'm Rhea, a 16-year-old writer for Affinity Magazine! In my free time, you can usually find me fighting the patriarchy or pretending to be artsy in a cute coffee shop.