Coming of age books are witty, funny, and emotionally engaging throughout the story. The purpose of romantic comedy books is to soulfully guarantee readers to ignite their visions of fictional romance, love flings, and adventurous behavior with friends. The majority of romantic novels include the cliché yet intriguing love stories between a handsome jock and the sweet girl who lives next door. However, there happens to be an amazing love story that you rarely see at your local Barnes and Noble, a love story that’ll keep you blushing, smiling, and weeping for more once you hit the last page. Love, Simon is a moving story between two teenage boys who hopelessly fall for each other in high school.
Simon Spier is a charming and introverted high school student who is navigating through life’s moments, both the good and the stressful. He has three quirky best friends and a supportive, loving family who is always by his side. Despite Simon’s easygoing academic and social life, he does have one huge secret that he keeps to himself: nobody knows that he’s gay. This book centers around Simon’s journey through self-acceptance and the pressure he undergoes while hiding his true identity. Further into the reading, Simon meets another closeted gay kid whom he soon falls for romantically. They began to exchange emails discussing their common interests while sending flirtatious jokes between one another. The downfall of Spier’s romantic interest is that he is anonymous and remains unknown to Simon’s eyes. Therefore, Simon and the unknown boy continues to share a sweet bond virtually rather than physically. Everything is going well until Simon is blackmailed and then outed to the whole student body of Timbercreek High. Does revealing the emails between Simon and his love interest end the blissful connection they once shared? Will this complicated time drive Simon to reveal his sexuality? You must read to find out.
Love, Simon embarks on romance and sets a foundation that can reassure members of the LGBTQ community that they’re deserving of love. As some may ridicule the idea of same sex love, this novel helps to disintegrate the idea that people should be ashamed of their sexuality. Simon faces pressure coming out to his loved ones and everyone at school. The roller coaster of emotions Simon endures can be relatable to teens struggling with self-acceptance of their love preference. Frankly, some teenagers are open with their sexuality and dismissive towards any sort of judgement. However, those who remain closeted, just like Simon, can learn a valuable lesson from this book. The LGBTQ+ community can gain confidence to come out to those around them. This book is also eye-opening to those who continuously spread hate and judgment towards homosexuality. Supporting this book can bring awareness towards LGBTQ+ issues in the media and could increase the likelihood for more books such as this one. Despite the confusing and tough times through romance, I recommend this book because it perfectly portrays a love story that is compassionate, heartwarming, and beautiful in all forms. After all, we all deserve a good love story right?
By: Maxine Polycarpe