So, the other night, I was bored. I couldn’t find a good book to read. I didn’t feel like working on one of my many projects. So I did something pretty rare for me. I decided to find a new movie to watch. I have to admit, I didn’t expect to find anything good. I’m pretty picky when it comes to films. Unless they’re based on a book (like the Harry Potter movies), I tend to just not have any interest in them. I’m also very picky when it comes to genres. I don’t really care for romance or comedies. Which brings me to Love, Simon.

Love, Simon is a rom-com movie that doubles as a sweet, coming of age story for protagonist, Simon. Let me first say that I didn’t have high hopes. I read the many reviews though, and saw that people liked the movie. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a good score, so I decided to take a risk.

I’m glad that I decided to go outside my comfort zone because this movie was off the charts for me. I loved everything about it. The story follows Simon, a typical teenage boy living a pretty easy life. He has a good group of friends and he gets along well with his family. Simon, however, is hiding a secret. He’s gay and hasn’t come out to anyone. Another teenager in the book, this one a mystery teen called ‘Blue’ is also gay and publishes an anonymous letter about this on the school website. Simon begins writing with Blue, and the two quickly become close.

The story of Love, Simon follows the protagonist as he tries to figure out who this mystery person is, so they can connect in real life. It’s full of hurdles along the way. He has to deal with blackmail from a fellow student, backlash from trying to set up his friends with the wrong people, and eventually, coming out to his parents and sister.

The story is a heart-warming tale about a teenage boy who struggles with his own identity as he comes to terms with his sexuality. I would say that it’s currently among my top movie picks for the last few years. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys coming of age tales, anyone who struggles with knowing who they are, and especially to those people who might have an LGBT family member and aren’t sure how to approach them about this tricky subject.

Love, Simon hits all the good points in movies for me. There’s suspense, there’s intrigue, and, of course, there’s romance. Now, I’ve always said not to let romance take over your story, but I think Love, Simon does a good job of portraying what it’s like to be a teenager, whether you’re gay, straight, or somewhere in between.