RATING: 4 STARS
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.
Okay, so why 4 stars? Why not 5? Because the book is soooooo boring in the starting. Had I not heard great things, or read ‘The Upside of the Unrequited’ I might have left it midway. I am impatient and mostly need fast-paced books, which it wasn’t in the starting.
Then, I started connecting with Simon. I started liking him, and Blue. I really wanted to discover who Blue was, was it Cal Price? or someone else? Was Simon close to him? Was it Marty? I became curious, I was all like:
Then we met Alice and saw all of Simon’s family traditions and I started loving it, it felt realistic. Slowly, we saw how Simon was being manipulated by Martin, and how he hated it. Abby was the first person he admitted being gay too, and when the others found out, through Tumblr might I add, they were jealous. Simon began connecting with Abby, I understood it all but I was waiting for Leah’s outburst and it did come, when the three-Nick, Simon and Abby went to midtown without her. I absolutely loved that part. Though Simon became lonely as Abby too found out about the blackmailing and she and Nick distanced themselves from Simon,
Blue got to know who Simon was but Simon did not and I was waiting. I hated yet loved the anticipation. When I did find out blue’s identity- Bram, I was shocked though Bram was ‘a cute guy’.
So, the book was great though slow at first. I loved it and you should definitely go read it.
P.S. Why are all the good guys gay?
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Peace out cuties ♥