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 is probably the cutest book I have ever read. It is short, sweet and easy to read, not only that but it is very enjoyable. There are no other words to describe this book, it’s just one of those books that just give you butterflies and makes your heart flutter.
I will start with the main character Simon Spiers, an awkward homosexual sixteen year old who is a fan of Harry Potter and oreos. He started contacting a mysterious boy named Blue through emails after he found his message on tumblr and while getting blackmail from one of his classmates and finding a way to come out to his friends and family he is trying to figure out who Blue really is. In all honesty I quite like Simon’s character and the way he progressed, I am normally a little skittish when it comes to awkward teenagers but in his point of view it is understandable.
‘Straight people should have to come out too. The more awkward it is, the better’
Coming out to your friends and family can be considered one of the hardest things to do, and not just coming out as gay, Simon even states that straight people would have to come out too by telling people they have a boyfriend or girlfriend. Through the book, Simon’s character has developed to become more confident with his sexuality, learning to speak his mind about certain situations and be able to to be in a relationship with Blue publicly. And based on his emails Blue had to go through the exact same thing as well.
The other characters are lovely and all of them stand out in their own, including Blue. Simon’s parents are always supportive of their children, his friends have amazing personalities, especially Abby and Blue himself have a sense of cuteness about himself. Although I did hate Martin at the beginning for blackmailing Simon about the emails but during time he did realized what he did was wrong and became extremely apologetic.
If you really love cute, fluffy contemporary books then this is a book for you. Overall I give it 4/5 stars.
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