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It all begins with a relationship update on social media. Summer vacation is about to begin, and Simon discovers the change just as his supposed girlfriend leaves to spend two months in a seaside village. Determined to find out what went wrong, Simon decides to hitchhike 350 miles to find her. With just his backpack and a few snacks, he sneaks out of the house and hits the ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published August 6th 2019 by Conundrum International (first published May 3rd 2017)
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Erica
Sep 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ummmmmm sexual assault that is brushed off by everyone? No thanks.
Beth
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 8th-grade
I think this graphic novel will resonate with the teens. Figuring out relationships is hard and this graphic novel gives some insight into how things can go wrong really quickly. I enjoyed the illustrations.
Jenny
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
An under-the-radar graphic novel translated by Aleshia Jensen. This book was originally published in French as two volumes, and I think it was a super effective decision to combine them into one for the English language version. I found Simon's part of the story, which comes first, to be weaker than Louise's, but the fact that one can jump from from Simon's POV straight into Louise's makes this concept really come together in a interesting, effective way.

At the start of the summer, Louise
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Ashley
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoy browsing the new graphic novels my library gets, and tend to place them on hold based on the cover, without even reading the synopsis. That's what happened here: cute cover? I'm in.

This was a cute little read, the illustrations were simple and precious and I quite enjoyed the story as well, though I would have liked more from Simon and Louise together - it's hard to understand their motivations or feelings when you get barely any interaction between them. But I did enjoy the two
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Mary
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. A pretty realistic depiction of young live, confusion, and trying to figure out wha you want. Really enjoyed the art style. I can see why this was selected for the top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by YALSA.
Anna
When I heard the premise of this book I was really skeptical. Following your girlfriend on vacation seems stalkerish and not cute?! But this was actually pretty cute. And theres more that goes on than just Simon following Louise after being dumped. A good investigation of teen life. ...more
Alissa
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Not terrible, not great. Everything just felt kind of rushed and I don't feel I really got to know either character.

So...yeah
Lindsey
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Accurate depiction of those early teen years.
Alyssa
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I picked this up because it is on the YALSA list of best teen graphic novels, and while I really liked the illustration style, the story wasn't my jam.
Kim
Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Illustrations are pleasing. Story itself a bit shallow, but aligned with reality unfortunately.
Erin
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Art is fairly simple and straightfoward, same with the story. Two sides of a summer breakup.
Melissa Orth
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summer has arrived and so has the end of a high school romance. First we get Simon's story, how his girlfriend Louise breaks up with him via text and how he vows to win her back. The second half of the book is Louise's story, where we find out how the break up really went down and how a friend who makes bad decisions gets Louise to a place she doesn't want to go. Will Simon and Louise find each other and will they rekindle their romance?
Translated from French, this is a modern love story that
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Clare
Dec 16, 2019 added it
A cute lil graphic novel I picked up on a whim at my library. I thought it did a good job of presenting difficulties youth might face without going too too deep into them. Overall, a cute story. I liked it
Kim
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, Max de Radigues does not get the level of attention that he deserves. His writing is edgy and aggressive. He's not afraid to put his characters in dangerous situations and let them find their way out organically, whether unscathed or not. True, these words apply more to his writing such as Moose rather than Simon & Louise, but even in his more lighthearted work, the reader still gets a sense of foreboding. At this point, I will read anything by this writer that comes across my ...more
J.
Nov 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Issues with how consent was handled and I found Louise really hard to like....not one I'd recommend.
Dakota Morgan
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Simon & Louise is the sweet, low-key tale of two kids who break up over summer break. Simon tries to win back Louise by desperate means. Louise tries to forget about Simon with some of the other boys in town. Trials and tribulations abound for both characters, but they're never insurmountable. If anything, Simon & Louise is too gentle, showing few consequences for bad decisions. But the book is a pleasant diversion, perfect for summer poolside reading - or a dark November evening when ...more
Jessica
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
TWR: love is adventure
Katsumi
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Simon and Louise are dating, but they won't see each other for two months over summer. Simon sees an update on social media that Louise is single and immediately calls her. He's devastated when she says that her dad won't let them date, so he decides to hitchhike to go visit her and prove her dad wrong. Meanwhile, Louise is figuring out herself and who she wants to date.

Though titled Simon & Louise, very little of this book is actually them interacting. It's more about their individual
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Milley
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet well done tween book. I liked the two perspectives and it had a nice gentleness to it.
Jessica
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Teens will appreciate the honesty in this book: feelings in relationships are usually never black and white and Simon & Louise confirms this. The American English edition puts two graphic novels together: the break-up and fallout of Simon and Louise as the latter is about to head off to Montpelier for the summer. Simon's version of the story is gripping and amusing, as he sneaks away from home to seek out his ex and win her back. The reader is in for a surprise when reading Louise's story: ...more
mica
There is literally nothing wrong with this book, but I didn't really connect with it.
The two characters, who are dating in high school, profess their love for one another on their last day of school, and then break up early in their summer vacation apart from one another, due to a social media relationship status change. Louise is staying in another city, and Simon decides that when she doesn't respond to his texts, he should set out after her to find out what's up.

When I came to the end, it
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Megan Cooke
Oct 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Simon & Louise is a short and sweet graphic novel that captures all the confusion and excitement that comes with young love. It starts Simon and Louise parting ways for the summer holidays. When Louises Relationship status is updated to single, a whole lot of chaos ensues. The reader gets to see both Simon and Louises perspectives of the events which unfold. ...more
KWinks
This was fine. I think younger high school kids might like it. I think the synopsis on the back gets the story wrong. This isn't about a tech glitch and a misunderstanding. Louise clearly wants to spread her wings. Sadly, everything is handled very immaturely and the reader just has to watch it pan out.
Shannon
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A charming story about two teens (tweens?) navigating a first love, in France to boot.
Sandrine Aufildesmots
Sympa, mais sans plus...
Gail
Oct 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5, cute and quick read
Marie-Pier  Dodier
Fin d'adolescence. Vacances d'été.
Bryanzk
rated it really liked it
Aug 29, 2019
Elisabeth
rated it it was amazing
Jan 26, 2019
Kathleen Elizabeth
rated it it was ok
Nov 25, 2019
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