It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a fantastic book. I mean, since high school has started, my free-reading as a whole has dramatically decreased, but even the books I have read haven’t lived up to my expectations. This year, I’ve been reading more for myself. It was actually the trailer for Love, Simon that caught my eye. I immediately wanted to see the movie, but I have a rule. Any movie that’s based on a book has to be read before watched. I’ve stuck to that rule for as long as I can remember, and I wasn’t about to break it.
I read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in about a week. The book itself was so compelling to me, even if I didn’t have a comparison, and it was one of the first books in a while that I picked over Netflix. I felt that Albertalli did an extremely good job writing the book with her detail and character choices. All of the characters were compelling, and I couldn’t wait to find out who Simon’s pen pal was. I became invested in Simon’s journey and wanted the best him. Admittedly, I cried multiple times reading the book. Granted, I’m a crier, but it was emotional.
The book set the bar extremely high for the movie. I saw it just a day or two after I finished the book, so the details were fresh in my mind. My thoughts on Love, Simon? Fantastic movie. I criticized it at first because it doesn’t line up exactly with the plot of the book, but aside from a few aspects, it pretty closely follows what Simon goes through. The book, of course, has more detail, but I still felt drawn into the characters and the story. It was also really fun to see the different locations to make the viewer feel more in it. I would absolutely recommend the movie to a friend even if they haven’t read, and vice versa. It was the best book I’ve read and the best movie I’ve watched in a long time. My overall take? The book is always better than the movie, but the movie was pretty great too.
Katie F., EO Blogger