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 an overall very 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 why behind the blackmail is the same, the way Martin outs Simon is different as he actually posts the screenshots of the emails. 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 they are aged up to seniors in the movie. Also, Leah plays a bigger role in the movie, which I loved. What changes is that the movie transfers Leah’s crush from Nick onto Simon so there’s not so much Abby hate and the whole 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, such as a few new characters and a strict play by play of every scene, but that’s really all the main stuff.
While these difference may seem pretty major, I truly thought that the adaptation was very true to the book and enjoyed the movie so much. It was just so sweet and endearing and perfect. The actors did such a wonderful job of portraying the characters we’ve come to fall in love with and their chemistry is really 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, and I already can’t wait to see it again.