“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”
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 is one of the best, cutest, contemporary books I have read yet.
Simon’s inner monolog was hilarious. He was funny and authentic. In an alternate universe, I could really see myself being friends with him, especially with his love for Harry Potter. He was, in the most adorable sense, a fandom nerd. I loved that the book referenced Doctor Who and the Tumblr. It was great, and it made the characters more relatable. In other words, Albertalli did a wonderful job of not making the characters untouchable.
Even more, somehow, I felt like I was Simon while reading this. Like, Simon and I were the same person, and his problems were my problems. I felt depressed when something unlucky happened to him, and I felt completely ecstatic when he found his happiness.
Even though this book is only 303, I read it within less than 24 hours. Still, the binge-reading is and was an amazing accomplishment that I only bestow on the most readable of books.
You too can read this book with the hope for and satisfaction of a funny protagonist, relatable characters, LGBT advocation, heart-warming synopsis, and a happy ending. Read this on the saddest of days, and it will make you smile from the inside-out.