Genre: YA Fiction, LGBT, Contemporary
Rating: 4/5 ⭐️
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.
My Thoughts 💭 (Slight Spoilers)
I enjoyed this book way more than I expected to. The characters were relatable and actually acted like teenagers. The romance was cute and fluffy and the friends/family Simon had were such a great support system.
Simon Spier’s life changes when he is outed in his school gossip tumblr. He now has to navigate his new life as an out teenager. He is also trying to discover the identity of the person he’s falling for online. I love Simon. He was not only funny but was also relatable and it was amazing to see him grow throughout the novel. My favorite character had to be Abby because she was just a BOSS! Loyal friend, funny and just so adorably nice. I also loved Nick and Nora a lot. I wished we got to see more of Leah though because I have a feeling she would make an interesting lead character.
It was kinda obvious who Blue (the person Simon is talking to online) was but he and Simon are just cute and adorable. The ending was great and I’m happy that everyone seemed to be happy. I don’t like Martin because anyone who outs a gay person for selfish needs is trash but I won’t be surprised if Simon did end up forgiving him.
I love this book and I can’t wait to read more books from this author!