Have you ever seen a movie and immediately, subconsciously, began comparing it to the book it was based on?

Well, I’ve begun doing this on purpose–not to ruin the movie, but to see how the visual art compliments the written word. That being said, when I heard that Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was going to be turned into a film, I immediately put the book on hold (which you can do, too, at that link!). Serendipitously, the book arrived just before the movie was released, so I dove right in. Author Becky Albertalli creates a group of high-school-age characters that feel flawed and conflicted enough to be real, but endearing enough for you to root for them the entire book.

To give you a preview, the book is the story of, unsurprisingly, Simon. He messages with a mysterious boy named Blue, and through their emails, they fall in love. They go to the same school and perhaps their paths have even crossed. But Simon has no idea of the real identity of the boy he is in love with. And that’s only the beginning of the story. There’s blackmail, adventure, and, yes, kissing. But you’ll have to read it to find out anything else!

One last interesting note about this book: Albertalli’s books overlap. If you enjoy Simon, check out the Upside of Unrequited and see if you notice how the characters are connected! And stay tuned for Leah on the Offbeat, which is slated to release in just a couple weeks.