Love Simon Book Tag

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So I am absolutely obsessed with Love, Simon and I was thinking about some interesting posts I could do so I decided to combine my two loves to create Love Simon Book Tag. I’ve never created a tag before so bear with me.

Simon:  Name a book that is totally dorky and full of sunshine and beauty.

When Dimple Met Rishi. Dimple and Rishi are the biggest dorks and it’s such a beautiful and cute fluffy novel. Can Sandhya Menon please write me a beautiful love life??

Martin:Name s a book that is annoying and gross and you hate with all of your being.

13 Reasons Why. The book is trash, the author is trash, the show is trash. I hate wit all my might and I honestly don’t completely trust people who like it.

Leah: Name a book that was a little hard to get into, but you grew to love.

Red Rising. I’m that a big fan of fantasies so it was a tough start at first but once I really got into it I was hooked. That trilogy is amazing.

Blue:Name a book that’s very well written and thought provoking.

They Both Die At The End. This book was so so emotional and well written and made me think about so many different things. Adam Silvera did it again

 

Nick: Name a book that whose cover you’re obsessed with.

I just reread the Raven Cycle and those covers are fucking amazing so I’m going to say those. They’re so pretty holy shit

Abby:Name a book that everyone love including yourself.

Aristotle and Dante Discovers The Secrets of The Universe. This book is magic and gets me emotional everytime. It’s easily one of my top five favorite books. I’m so fucking excited for the movie. It’s going to be amazing

Oreos: Name a book with a perfect pair.

I can’t not say say Blue and Simon. They’re fucking amazing and beautiful and adorable and they’re the best literary couple of all time.

Ferris Wheel: Name a book  that makes you feel like one minute you’re on top of the world and the next you’re at rock bottom.

Leah On The Offbeat. This book made me feel so many emotions. I was crying, squealing and screaming. It was just a huge roller coaster of emotions

 

Creek Secrets: Name a book with awesome twists, turns, and revelations

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. All of her books are equally amazing but this one had the best plot twist ever. I’m still reeling three years later.

I Wanna Dance With Somebody: What’s your go to music when reading?

I just have a bunch of music on my spotify which includes everything to David Bowie to High School Musical. My music taste is weird.

I Tag: So anybody who wants to do this tag can do it but I’m going to tag a couple of people.

Lia 

Anna

Bookidote

 

 

 

 

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The Books/TV Shows/Movies That Helped Me Get Through My First Year of College

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So last week I finished my first year of college and I’m honestly still in shock that I got through it. It fees like just yesterday that I started. To be completely honest, the first year wasn’t the easiest but having books and tv shows to keep me company really helped it become manageable. A year ago I wrote a post about the books that got me through high school and I thought I’d do the same except I would expand it to other forms of media as well.

Books

1.Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

So it’s only been like five months since the new eyar started but I’ve read this book three times.  It’s just such a comforting book and it’s one that I’ll always come back to when I’m feeling down or am in a reading slump. I will never grow tired reading about Simon, Blue,Leah, Abby, Nick and all the wonderful people in the simonverse.

2. Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Cute fluffy books is the perfect cure for school blues and Foolish Hearts is the epitome of a cute fluffy book.  I die just thinking about it: it’s so adorable and just everything a contemporary should aspire to be. Contemporaries are especially great to read during school time because they’re less draining and just pure fun.

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I reread this in my first weeks of college and it helped me so much. There’s nothing quite like the comfort of your favorite book to make the homesickness go away.

4. Nice Try Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke

Writing this blog has really kept me grounded when nothing else could and part of that is reviewing the wonderful books  that publishers send me. Nice Trey Jane Sinner was definitely my favorite of those books and I just had so much fun reading it and doing a blog tour for it!

5. Leah on The Offbeat By Becky Albertalli

I’m obsessed with all things becky albertalli related so of course I had to mention her latest book!! I read this book in like two hours from like ten to midnight and it was just the best experience ever. I laughed, I cried and I just love everything that she writes. She’s a true genius.

TV Show

1.Brooklyn Nine Nine

B99 is my favorite show of all time. It’s so funny and all the characters are amazing and I just love it with all of my heart.  Being able to watch an episode every week was a great start to my week. I was close to tears when I saw that it got canceled but I’m so glad that NBC picked it up. This is one of those shows that deserves like 10 seasons.

2. How I Met Your Mother.

This was the show that I obsessively watched in my first few weeks of college. It was a show that my sister got me into, so it really reminded me of her which was nice. I’m still hella pissed about the last episode because I feel like it just ruined the entire show for me but it’s still a show that I really really enjoy even though there are definitely some problematic aspects.

3. The Good Place

I discovered this show during my fall semester and it was so good holy shit. I never expected to love it as much as I do but it’s brilliant and I can’t wait for the third season.  It’s one of those that’s super unique and always keeps me on my toes. The humor is amazing and I relate to all the characters so much.

4. The Office

I never thought that I’d like The Office but I was looking for shows to watch and my sister’s boyfriend recommended this show and I decided to give it a chance. I watched the first 8 seasons in two weeks so I think it’s pretty safe to say that I liked it. Actually like is a pretty small word, I’d more say love.  It has become one of my favorite shows of all time and I just love it so much. Michael is the best character ever.

5. One Day At A Time

I remember when  I first watched the first season back in January of 2017 and I learnt that season 2 wouldn’t be coming out until a year from then, it felt so weird for me to think about where I’d be at that point. Well I finally watched the 2nd season this January and it was soooo good. This show is brilliant and I love the family dyamic and it’s just such a beautiful show. I really hope it gets more seasons

 

Movies( more like movie singular though)

Okay so I’m not that a huge fan of watching movies by myself because it’s something I prefer to do with family. so I didn’t watch that many movies alone this year but there has been one movie that I watched back in February and then in March and then I found a pirated version and since then I’ve watched it oh… about 30 times(yes I know I have a problem). And that movie is LOVE SIMON. This is my new favorite movie and I love it with all my heart and whenever I feel sad or just meh I watch it and no matter how many times I’ve watched it, it never fails to make my heart burst.

 

 

 

What Love Simon Means To Me

So I was lucky enough to see an early screening of Love, Simon about a month ago and I love it so godamn much ahhh. I wrote a spoiler free review here but the post I’m going to be writing today is a little more personal and is a little discussion post about how much Love, Simon means to me

I’ve been seeing a lot of people say that Love, Simon is not what gay teens need. I’ve seen a lot of people complain about how it’s unrealistic for a gay teen to have such a positive coming out experience, that they’re sick of watching movies about white privileged teens who have no problems in their life. And like yeah I get that some of these complaints are valid, I’m not saying that they’re not but Love, Simon is so important. I think it’s so important to show that even someone who is privileged, who is white, who has loving parents can struggle with coming out. I think it’s important for gay teens to see the cliche unrealistic reality that straight people get in Hollywood. No it’s not completely perfect (it kind of is tho) but it’s an amazing first stepping stone and I can’t wait to see what comes after Love, Simon.

“Okay yeah Hannah that’s cool but why does it mean so much to you?”

Because I’m gay. To be more specific, bi.

So yeah I’m bi but I’m not out to anyone and it’s not because I’m ashamed or scared of what people will say, it’s just because it’s not a part that I find really relevant to people getting to know me. Like yeah I like girls and guys and other genders but like I’m not going to tell everyone that I start to get to know that I love asparagus so why the fuck is who I am romantically attracted to any different ? And like yeah if I ever do fall in love with a girl and like starting dating her then of course I’ll tell the ppl around me but until then it’s not something that I’m going to make a big deal out of. If someone were ever to ask me outright I would tell them but again I don’t think it’s something that I’m ever going to tell anyone unsolicited. I am not at a point in my life where romance is an aspect of my life so my romantic orientation really isn’t that big of a deal.

So while Love, Simon doesn’t portray my experience as a queer teen, the emotions and feelings that Simon goes through are so relatable and he raises such a good point at one point in the movie. Why do only gay people have to come out? Why the fuck is straight the default. It should not be straight until proven otherwise, people should stop assuming other people’s fucking sexualities. It’s so frustrating and it just hurts so much. I showed one of my friends the trailer of Love,Simon because I was really excited for it and I wanted to share the love but he was kind of a huge asshole about it and was like “Why are you so excited for this movie? You’re not even gay.” Number one that’s fucking stupid, you don’t need to be gay to love the beauty that is Love,Simon. And number 2 how about you don’t assume my sexuality. This is a person that I kind of lowkey hate and makes me feel like shit so I’m not going to come out to him?? But jut because I haven’t told someone that I’m gay doesn’t mean I’m not? If I don’t say I’m straight then don’t fucking assume I am. Straight needs to stop being the default and I really hope that Love, Simon changes people’s mindset on what is the default. It hurts so much to have people assume your sexuality.

Obviously this movie doesn’t mean as much to me as it does to mlm but like still when the pickings are slim even the slightest representation that reminds you of your experience is important. I can’t believe that there’s a major motion picture that has a happy gay love story. Everyone deserves a great love story. And while I am extremely proud of who I am, I sometimes forget that. This movie is so important and I really hope that I get to see a movie with a character closer to my identity one day. I don’t know if I’ll be able to survive that though and may just die from happiness.

Have you seen Love, Simon yet? If not, are you going to?

Love, Simon Movie Review *Spoiler-Free*

Last Thursday, I was invited by HCCFRENZY to see an early screening in Montreal. If you haven’t read the book or watched the movie don’t worry, this review will be very broad and will not spoil you in any way.

The minute I watched the first trailer, I instantly knew that this movie was going to be amazing. I had even guessed that it would become my new favorite, beating The Perks of Being a Wallflower which has been my favorite for five years. While Perks will always be a close second, I can safely say that Love, Simon is my new favorite movie. I laughed, I cried, I laughed while crying . This movie was a roller coaster of emotions and I can’t wait to see it theatres again in March and then I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD so I can watch it again and again.

I’ve seen people complain that it looks like a overdone typical romcom and sure maybe it’s filled with cliches but you know what? This isn’t your typical romcom. Never before has a huge production company released a teen romcom about a gay protagonist. This movie is monumental and it’s going to change the game. I truly believe that this movie will be the first in a long line of amazing LGBTQ+ movies of all genres that don’t use the bury your gays trope, but that give them the happy ending that straight people have gotten time and time again. Queer people deserve their happily ever after as well. Towards the end of the movie when things start to get really romantic, it kind of just hit me : I’ve never seen a movie like this before, I’ve never seen a movie where queer people get their happy endings and I just started to cry. This movie means so much to me which is why I love it so much. Yes the characters are amazing, the acting is phenomenal and it’s also a brilliant movie cinematographically but this movie is so fucking important and I can’t wait to see it take the world by force.

I know a lot of people who love the book are worried about how faithful the movie is but I don’t think you need to worry. Yes there are some changes and yes there are some things that were left out but movies and book are two different mediums that need to be treated differently. A lot of people don’t understand that and it leads to them being unnecessarily bitter about things that the movie didn’t have but the book didn’t. There are so many scenes that “they should have included” but if you just keep piling it up, the movie would be so long and while I’m sure tons of book nerds would love that it’s just not realistic. Yes it is different from the book but it stays true to the heart of the book and I think that in the end it’s all that matters. You still have the same dorky Simon with friends and parents who love him more than anything and while there was been some minor changes these changes make the movie work better. I wouldn’t change anything.

Now that I have finished my little rant and rave, I’m just going to do a little list of all the things I love

  • The soundtrack: I can’t wait for the whole soundtrack to be released because damn was it good. Music is so important to movies and Love, Simon really utilized it well
  • MY CHILD SIMON SPIER: I love Simon Spier so much. He’s such a precious cinnamon roll and he’s so wonderful. Also Nick Robinson did a fantastic job of portraying him.
  • The humour: The Movie was so funny!! There were so many moments that had me laughing hysterically and the humour was just so on point
  • Simon’s room: Damn whoever designed Simon’s room is amazing because it was so wonderful. It really reflects Simons wonderful nerdy personality. I can’t wait for the DVD to come out so there can be some frame by frame analysis because I’m there’s a bunch of cool things that I haven’t noticed.
  • ITS SO SAD: okay so I cry at like everything so take what I say with a grain of salt BUT I CRIED SO MUCH. It was so tragic and I just wanted to give Simon a huge hug because he didn’t deserve any of the bad things that happened to him.

BLUE: it was really interesting watching the movie knowing who Blue was but id be curious to know people will react to the Blue reveal if they haven’t read the book. Blue and Simon are the ultimate OTP and they’re so godamn cute together and JUST AGHHH. I was squealing so much. Also I love how they kept the fact that Blue is Jewish. We need more movie characters that are Jewish.

So there’s my “review” ( more like rave) of Love, Simon. Read the book if you haven’t, it’s just as beautiful as the movie. Support this movie. Give it the love it deserves.