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.
Holy fricking crap! This book is totally amazing! It’s not even halfway through the year but 2015 debuts are already capturing my heart. This has got to be one of the funniest, free-flowing, and refreshing books I’ve read so far. Although, I haven’t read a lot of books that deals with LGBT but don’t worry, my mind is completely open about that.
The book tells about the story of Simon, who has this email-pal that goes by the name Blue. They exchange emails almost everyday while keeping their identities a secret, until one thing happened which changed things between them.
I guess there’s this hazy middle ground between laughing at someone and laughing with someone.
Simon is a really great MC. His character is very funny and relatable. I love his sense of humor and he’s familiar to me in a way, maybe because he reminds me of my friends who are gay as well. I like his relationship with his friends and family. Also he loves Oreos so I love hin so much because Oreos are life.
His best friends, Leah, Nick and Abby were all great characters too! They’re very supportive and kind. Simon’s sisters, Norah and Alice and his relationship with them kind of reminds me of my relationship with my sisters, which is very cool.
Blue is really a mystery. I love that mystery aspect of the book because it will keep you thinking who might his identity be. I had a few people in mind and I’m really happy that one of the people in my list turned out to be him.
I’m just so sick of straight people who can’t get their shit together.
Another thing I love about this book is that it explores gender and sexuality. I took two courses in Uni regarding these and I’m really glad that I did because it’s really liberating and empowering to learn how gender and sexuality appeals to the society. I’m very well aware of the fact that the LBGT community isn’t 100% accepted… yet. However, I know that there will come a time that this will change and I hope it’s in the near future. The book imparts a very important lesson to everyone regarding accepting oneself and others who they are as a person.
Overall, the book was an amazing read. I still can’t believe that this was a debut novel. I’m really looking forward to more of Becky Albertalli’s works in the future.