Baylee Toney, staff writer
Love, Simon is a heartwarming and inspiring story about a teenage boy (Nick Robinson) who is struggling with the fact that he is gay and has yet to tell his friends or family. Though it may seem that he lives a completely normal teenage life, he deals with the everyday obstacles of being a high school student while trying to navigate his secret love life.
The young adult book-turned movie is not only good entertainment, but it also tells a relatable story that current and former high school students can understand. Although Love, Simon follows the story of a teenager trying to find himself in a judgmental society, it does not exaggerate the pressures of being a teenager to the point of taking away it’s relate-ability.
Simon leads a relatively normal life. His family is extremely loving, and he has supportive friends. He is a wonderful student, a loyal brother, and stays out of trouble for the most part. Simon's one struggle is hiding one big secret from everyone he loves: he is gay.
Simon does struggle with other aspects of being a teenager, but the one thing he has weighing on his shoulders is the fear that his peers and family will reject him when they find out who he really is.
The tear jerking story that is Love, Simon can be compared to iconic teen dramas. The movie had a way of making me feel like I was watching the Breakfast Club in that I rooted for every character in their search to find themselves. The writers did a phenomenal job developing each character and making the audience feel like they were experiencing the characters' lives.
This movie was tender and believable. It displays the hardships that come with being openly gay in today's society, while also portraying the ignorant and insensitive views people have on homosexuality. The producers portrayed acceptance and support as key components, while also connecting kids with a story that makes them feel like they are not alone.
I give Love, Simon an A for its transparency and honesty on what life looks like growing up in a culture like ours, and how lonely high school can feel at times. It is quirky, funny, relatable and necessary for people of all sexual orientations to see.