Published by Harper Collins on 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 book was a tad hard for me to get into, but once everything started to click, I could hardly put it down! This is honestly the first book I’ve read that had a LGBTQ character as the lead. It was definitely a different perspective for me, but I don’t think that made it difficult or anything. If anything, I probably liked it more because it was so different than anything I’ve ever read!
I really liked Simon. He seemed to be a good friend, a good son, a good guy in general. I loved being in his head and seeing him come to grips with who he is and what he wants. Once everything came out, it was nice seeing his thought process coming to grips with everything.
I loved his interactions with Blue. They were so cute! I remember my first big crush and it definitely brought me back to those warm fuzzies and fluttery butterflies. I kept trying to guess who Blue was also and was pleasantly surprised once that was revealed! I definitely ship it. I do have to say though that once their identities were revealed to each other, things moved pretty quick. I guess with their emails they did know each other really well at that point, but it still felt rushed.
Simon’s friends were interesting. It was kind of hard keeping track of who was who at first and I still confused a few people by the end. I wish that part was a bit easier. I really want to spend more time in this high school though! I think she’s going to write another book in this world and I can’t wait!
Overall, I really liked this book. It was so cute and fluffy and real and important. I would recommend it to so many people! Definitely worth all the hype!