Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
I have heard so much hype about this book. I knew I was going to read it because I want to see the movie too and I always have to read the book first. It was just a matter of when. So. I ended up picking it up at Target at some point recently and I put it on my TBR list for the Bookish Bingo reading challenge that I’m participating in to try and force myself to pick it up.
I’m super glad I did. This was SUCH a fun book. I really enjoyed all the characters. I enjoyed the whole story. All the craziness. Simon was so so funny even when he was in his low points and really struggling through some stuff he mostly put a smile on or made a joke for found something to look forward to. I liked Simon as a character very much. He was entertaining and super relatable. All of the characters were relatable really. They were mostly typical high school kids. I liked that this story wasn’t overly complex or full of crazy plot twists. It was a nice and enjoyable story about high schoolers and some of the struggles they face, Simon facing some harder ones because of his sexual orientation.
I can’t speak about the accuracy of Simon experiences in this story, but I definitely feel like I learned via this view into the young boys mind. The circumstances surrounding him coming out to his friends and family was a really interesting one, that I think helped me see a different view that I’d seen before.
I liked this book for sure! It was a super quick and entertaining read. I think it’s going to be one that I reach for again in the future without a doubt.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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