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 was a great and refreshing read. I like that the dialogues are so natural and the characters are relatable. The scenes are also hilarious.
The author included some pretty serious subjects (sexual identity, bullying, family, friendship, and love) on this book and it’s great how she managed to connect and deliver them in a light way.
Like Simon, I was also curious and excited to find out Blue’s indentity and I wasn’t disappointed. (He was my second guess) I was smiling the whole time while reading that scene. They’re so adorable.
Not a perfect five because the middle part of the story felt dragged for me and also, I still want to know more about Blue after the revelation.
All in all, this is an awesome debut novel from Becky Albertalli. I really enjoyed this and I can say that it’s one of my favorite LGBT books. Go grab a copy.