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 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.
Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.
Why I Read It
Honestly, I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since it came out and the movie came out. (Still haven’t seen the movie, so I didn’t know what to expect!) A lovely book fairy sent the book to me (THANK YOU DARLING) so I finally got to read it!
You guys, in case you couldn’t tell by the perfect rating, I absolutely loved this book. Loved it. LOVED it.
I actually sat here for a few minutes thinking hard about the book, trying to come up with at least SOME negative thing to say to knock it down at least half a point. Because who actually really gives things perfect ratings? I try to be a little hard on the books I read. But I couldn’t think of anything I didn’t like. I mean, there was a little drama between Simon and Abby and big drama between Simon and Leah, which pissed me off, but like… No. It wasn’t point-docking worthy, especially because both of those issues were definitely addressed realistically (that’s not spoiler-y, right? this book came out forever ago, give me a break).
Everything about this book was amazing. Simon is absolutely adorable, his friendships are both adorable and REAL, his family is my favorite ever. Definitely on my list for favorite fictional families, that’s for sure. Everything about this book is just everything I love in books.
I will say that I predicted who Blue was, like, right away. RIGHT away. Not that it was super easy to predict or anything, because I don’t think it was. I just really wanted to figure it out. And honestly, the clues that are laid out for us later in the book weren’t even helpful for me. I just kind of knew who it was. I’m going to go ahead and assume other people figured it out, too. And also, I’m not saying this as a bad thing. I didn’t mind knowing who Blue was, especially because it wasn’t actually confirmed until the end so I had to keep reading and agonize over his true identity while secretly knowing it without it being confirmed.
This review is going to be short and sweet, as I’m sure everyone on the face of the earth has already read this. Gah, I just loved it so much I absolutely had to do a review on it. Kids, take note: this is what happens when none of your real-life friends are obsessed with books like you are. You end up writing reviews on books that came out a million years ago, JUST so you can put your thoughts on it out into the universe somehow. Okay, now I’m just rambling.
If for some reason you haven’t read this yet, READ IT! You’ll thank me later.
What were your thoughts on the book? Did you LOVE it like me? Did you note any problems? Obviously I didn’t, but I definitely want to know if there’s anything I may have missed!