Why Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (aka Love, Simon) is Worth The Hype | Movie Reaction??


I read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda back in December. I would have read it sooner but every time I went to Barnes and Noble, it wasn't there! I mean, I could have gotten it online but with so many books in my "tbr" pile, I try to avoid going out of my way to buy another book.

But it was so worth the wait.

The first time I read it, I couldn't get this stupid smile off my face. And I could not, for the life of me, stop squealing!

If you don't already know, this book is about a boy named Simon who is struggling to come out. He and this other boy from school have been emailing each other in secret identities but then someone from Simon's school reads their emails and sort of blackmails Simon. And I'm sure you can kinda figure it all out from there. 

So, I don't know if you already know this but I really flipping LOVE this book.

The first time I read it, I had only two itty bitty problems (they weren't even problems though!) with the story. One was that sometimes I find it harder to relate to a high schooly story only because I was homeschooled, and the second was that Simon was a little hard to read. One moment he is having the best time of his life and the next would be the worst. 

I take back every single word I just said. 

You know what? I have zero problems with this book. It's freaking perfectAND SO IS THE SOUNDTRACK. (I haven't stopped listening to it.) It gives me the best feeling in the world. Like, I seriously cannot stop thinking about Simon. (You know a book is good when you think about it in your sleep.)

Why this book deserves all the love in the world: 



- Simon is probably the most relatable character ever. He's so awkward, cute, and thoughtful. He really cares about people and I just love that about him. He has his faults and that's what makes him so perfect.

- It's beyond cute. 

- The fact that anyone can relate to this book. I love the representations in it, too. It deals with other things that really do happen in real life. Change, friendship troubles, family, race, etc. And I feel like it is important to include these things in YA because it does matter and these things do happen.

- This book made me feel like I deserve love. (That everyone deserves it.)

-  THE FACT THAT BLUE AND SIMON MET ONLINE FIRST. I am a sucker for when it comes to "we met online first" relationships because it's like the characters get to know each other from the inside out before physically meeting. And just putting that into a coming out story really was perfect because it shows that Simon is not just gay but, like, emotionally gay as well. Does that make sense? WHAT I'M TRYING TO SAY IS... It shows that no matter what your sexuality is, everyone loves the same way.

OREOS

- I really felt like I was Simon while reading the book. HE IS SO PRECIOUS. Don't you just love it when you read a book and you totally forget that someone (a real author!) actually wrote what you are reading? You know it's a good book when you lose yourself in the character(s). Becky Albertalli is amazing at writing a teenage boy.

- Reading it for the second time gave me the chance to notice things I didn't notice before which gave me a whole other experience (especially knowing who Blue is and snickering every time Simon completely missed him) with this book. And I still loved it all the same!

I simply can't give this book enough love. At some point, I ended up smooshing my face up against the cover because I just couldn't properly form the words to describe how much I love this book. 

And the movie. Don't even get me started on the movie.

Why the Love, Simon is also perfection:


fun fact: when i went outside to take this photo, i couldn't find the poster at first but then i did and there were two other girls who were doing the same thing i was. 


I just got back from seeing the beautiful movie adaptation and I HAVE SO MANY FEELS, IDK WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF. I KINDA JUST WANT TO EXPLODE INTO A GLITTERY MESS OF RAINBOWS AND OREOS. 

Wow. I just... I don't even know where to begin? I laughed. I cheered. I freaking cried tears of happiness. Have you ever wanted to burst because you are just so darn happy? That's exactly how I feel. 

The movie was a little different from the book but it was still amazing. I feel like both are two different experiences. With the book, you get more Simon & Blue. With the movie, you get a little more wow this is so life-changing. AND IT WAS (plus very hilarious). Being able to see it in theaters was so marvelous because it felt like everyone was watching the movie together. If that makes sense? We all laughed and squealed at the same time, and the entire theater was cheering together when Simon finally met Blue (well, it was mostly my sisters and I who were cheering). When Blue asked Simon if he was disappointed it was him, my sister shouted: "NOT ME" and people were laughing. It was such a good feeling.

It's kinda rare to walk out of a movie and feel like the world is changing. 



yes, we snuck oreos in just for you, Simon.

I do wish that there were some more Simon & Blue email moments, maybe? Just so that we could have seen their relationship built on the screen a little more. But hey, maybe now people who have only seen the movie will read the book! I think doing it, either way, is just as enjoyable. 

I think the message it contained and the movie itself was presented beautifully. It was lighthearted but not too lighthearted to the point that it didn't show what this movie truly is about: everyone deserves a great love story. 

It was a huge stepping stone for, well, history. We have our first gay main character who takes us through the coming out process and even though it has become more acceptable in society, it is still hard. Even the responses to this movie reflect on how our society is. Some countries won't allow the movie to be played in their theaters but then there have been many theater buy-outs so that everyone is able to experience this production. So yeah. It's kind of a big deal. Also; you get to see Nick Robinson's gorgeous face every second of the movie. Plus, Keiynan Lonsdale is such a cutie

SO... If you haven't seen the movie yet, I would drop everything right now and go do that. But warning: you are going to walk out of that theater with the biggest smile on your face and you probably won't be able to get it off. It's been 7+ hours and I'm still wearing mine. 

I've already made plans to see it again next friday. lol


WITH THAT SAID...

I can't stop thinking about it. I'm actually really sad because it's over and I just- asdfghjkl; need more. Do you ever love something so much but it's hard to think about it because it gives you so many feels? Please tell me I'm not the only one.


TALK TO ME!

Have you read or seen Simon? WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?! Do you want to burst into an explosion of feels and glitter? BECAUSE SAME. Let's fangirl together.

BIG NEWS! My Simon inspired bookmark (above) is currently on sale in my Etsy shop in honor of the movie release. Click here to check it out. You know, in case you're interested. ;) 

xx Kenzie 

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  1. It's always nice to see people who really fall in love with a book. It seems nowadays it's hard to find books that we can really dive deep into. I, personally, don't agree with the lifestyle portrayed in this book and movie (nothing against anyone who feels that way, I just don't agree with it. I feel like people think I discriminate when I say that when in reality, I can like someone as a person and not agree with everything they do.) All that being said, I'm glad you found an awesome book and movie that you love. :D Also, I didn't know you were homeschooled, too! That's awesome! *high fives*

    ~Ivie| Ivie Writes

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    1. I really have fallen in love, haven't I? XD Yes, sometimes it is hard to find a book that you can lose yourself in. I've been rather lucky lately because I've read quite a few books that I've fallen in love during the past few months. <3 (But most of them have been re-reads sooooo.... ) And I understand completely. I agree that some people do not understand that everyone has different opinions but can still be friends. Thank you for respecting my opinions. :)

      YES HOMESCHOOL FOR THE WIN! *fist bumps*

      Thank you for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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    2. That's awesome! I've read a few great books lately, too! Nothing wrong with re-reads. Those are often the best kinds of books. XD No problem! Thank you for respecting mine. Your blog is always a fun place to come to read book reviews! <3 <3

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    3. That's awesome! And I must agree with you. ;) Awww, thank you so much! I really appreciate you saying that- it makes my day! <3

      xx Kenzie

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  2. I WANT TO SEE IT SO MUCH OH MY GOSH KENZIE!!!!!!! I loved the book so so so sooooo much and I really hope I can see the movie soon!!

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    1. AHHHHHHHH I WILL LITERALLY DRIVE TO YOU AND TAKE YOU TO SEE IT BECAUSE IT IS THAT GOOD. <333 I am so happy to hear you loved the book as much as me! Let me know when you see the movie so we can fangirl together. ~(o-o)~

      Thank you for reading!

      xx Kenzie

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  3. I'm on the fence about reading Simon. For one, I don't really agree with the lifestyle portrayed in it, and I don't know if I would be comfortable reading it. On the other, it covers a big part of society today, and reading it would help me understand that part of the World™️ more (a part that I don't really get, being a Sheltered Homeschooler™️).

    I AM glad that you enjoyed it, though! Books and movies that are both amazing are the BEST kind, and they're also rare!

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    1. The only way to figure out if you like a book or not is to read it, which is something I need to continue to remind myself. I used to be so critical of some books but then I realized that there are some amazing reads out there (aside from just romance).

      Don't worry, I totally understand what you mean. I definitely think this is a great book that does represent what life is like in our society today. It's very lighthearted and it's hilarious. I mean, there are a couple scenes that might make some people uncomfortable (i.e. drinking and swearing) because, like you, I was a very sheltered homeschooler so I can relate to that feeling. But being on the internet and reading more and more YA books, I've become very much involved in today's society. I mean, I definitely think this is a good book to start out with since it is SO DARN CUTE and it's a lot more... innocent? than some books I've read with straight protagonists.

      If you're uncomfortable with something, the best way is to ease into it and I think this book would be great for that (I hope that makes sense. :}). But I would never want to make you feel like you regret reading something so I think getting a feel for what our society is like today is just by being on the internet and engaging with all different communities. ^-^

      Thank you for reading! <3

      xx Kenzie

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xx Kenzie