The hype is real for Love, Simon the movie based off of Becky Albertalli’s novel, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, and I am so glad that I read the book and saw the movie this past week—both of which are fantastic!
Becky Albertalli describes Love, Simon as the fraternal twin to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda on her tumblr, which is a great way of looking at it. While not an absolutely perfect scene-by-scene adaptation, it is a faithful adaptation that stays true to the story, characters, and message.
Now onto the differences! First, the book starts off right in the middle of Martin blackmailing Simon whereas the movie sets the background and lets the story unfold before jumping into the blackmail portion. While the reason behind the blackmail is the same, the way Martin outs Simon is different. He also does it because he is embarrassed after Abby rejects him in front of the entire school after his grand gesture gone wrong. After this, Blue actually sees the post and ends communication with Simon—a major difference from the book. Lastly, instead of meeting on the Tilt-a-Whirl, Blue finally reveals his identity to Simon on the Ferris Wheel.
In the book, Simon and his gang of friends are originally juniors, but age up to seniors in the movie. Also, Leah plays a bigger role in the movie, which I loved. The movie transfers Leah’s crush from Nick onto Simon so there’s not so much Abby hate and the friend group is together more often. In the book, Simon has an older sister Alice in college and a younger sister Nora in high school. In the movie, it’s just Nora and she’s significantly younger. She’s also obsessed with cooking. A small difference but instead of performing Oliver!, the drama club performs Cabaret. There are several other minor differences, including a few new characters, but that’s really all the main stuff.
While these difference may seem major, I enjoyed the adaptation and found it to be true to the book. It was just so sweet and endearing and perfect. The actors did such a wonderful job portraying the characters we’ve come to fall in love with. Their chemistry really is off the charts! Also, the soundtrack is on point. It’s amazing and just fits perfectly since music is so important to Simon. Overall, Love, Simon is one book-to-movie adaptation you do not want to miss!