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.
This. Book. It’s safe to say that I knew I was going to fall in love with this book before it was even released. If you look at my previous posts you will find that this was on my list of most anticipated books of April – and definitely at the top of my list. Needless to say, I pre-ordered it and unfortunately it only arrived this afternoon (the book was released yesterday). This is unfortunate because I was actually in a bookstore yesterday and passed up the chance to buy a copy because I assumed the book would be waiting for me when I got home. Which it wasn’t. You can imagine my disappointment.
So it arrived this afternoon, and I finished it in one sitting about 30 or so minutes ago and there are no words to describe how I feel right now. There’s just something about Becky Albertalli’s writing, and this story – it’s so simple yet so complex. I’m seriously speechless right now. Since I’m being swamped with university assignments, I’ve found it hard to finish any of the books I’ve recently picked up. I have exactly four books, all half finished, glaring at me from my desk at this moment. Yet this didn’t stop me from diving straight into this book as soon as I got my hands on it and I wasn’t disappointed. It took me about two hours to finish it and a part of me regrets that I read it all in one sitting because now I can’t stop thinking about it and I would really love a second book, or anything else Becky Albertalli publishes. Anything. Seriously, I’m down.
This book deals with everything from dealing with sexuality, new relationships, complicated friendships, high school, and even over-bearing parents. All in all, it was such a wonderful and refreshing read and I will most likely read it all over again sometime in the future. Definitely a favourite!