‘Love, Simon’ is heartwarming & honest

By Paulina Lopez
Times-News correspondent

   ”Love, Simon” is funny, heartwarming and refreshingly honest.
Based on the young adult novel, “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli, “Love, Simon” is a story about a 16-year-old boy named Simon Spier (Nick Robinson).
Through the one-hour, 50-minute-long film, audiences will laugh at Simon’s awkwardness and later cry alongside him through his journey of coming out. “Love, Simon” is the first romantic comedy released by a major studio that features a gay teen protagonist and it does an amazing job of portraying the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community in a positive way.
The movie starts with Simon talking about how “normal” everything in his life appears to be, except for one huge secret — he’s gay. The “normal” that is constantly mentioned at the beginning of the movie shows the audience how even in the most loving and accepting environments, people can still fear coming out. Simon had been keeping this secret to himself for years, but one day he confides in another boy from his school, who he meets online and goes by the pseudonym, “Blue.”
Perhaps one of the most important moments in the film was when Simon finally sits down and has a talk with his mother (Jennifer Garner) and it feels like she is speaking to every teen who has ever struggled to accept themselves. This was especially important because not only does the movie show the fear teens often have of not being accepted by others, but it also shows the struggle teens go through to accept themselves.
The importance of “Love, Simon” is shown in multiple stories by both adults and teens who shared how the movie inspired them. This riveting coming-of-age film paves the way for more representation in the media by making history and inspiring audiences.

Paulina Lopez is a junior at Clover Garden School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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