Published: April 7th, 2015
“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 the perfect story. If you are a teenager struggling to come out, I think this book would be extremely beneficial to read.
Let’s start with Simon and how he is the cutest human being alive. I loved him from the minute I picked up this book because he’s very relatable. He is closeted (obviously) but it’s not because he’s ashamed. It’s because he doesn’t want to make a big deal out of it. So when he gets caught emailing his anonymous pen pal about their situations, he knows he’s in deep trouble. It turns into a full on blackmail situation. The way Simon handles it is exactly how I would and how I would expect other people to handle it.
The characters in this story – Nick, Abby, Leah, etc. – are exactly how people are actually in high school. Their emotions are so high and everything is a big deal. This did the perfect storytelling.
I loved this book and the ending was absolutely wonderful. I thought it felt a little bit rushed like I was surprised to flip the page and see the acknowledgements. But when I went back and reread the last page, it really did end perfectly.