“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 with, will be jeopardized.
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 ever met.”
This book is totally worth all the hype.
One of my goals of this year (and last year) is to read a lot more diversely. Last year, I focused mostly on the LGBTQIA+ side of diverse books and I started off 2018 the same way. Everyone raves about this book on BookTube and I wanted to know if I would feel the same way.
I am very happy to say that it did.
Starting off with the characters, I think that the author did a great job of incorporating an entire cast of diverse characters, whether they were the main characters or just the side characters. Simon, our main character, is gay. We have Blue, the love interest, who is a person of color. We have side characters who are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community and others of different body types. Everything that I like to see in a book like this.
As far as the romance aspects of this book, I really enjoyed them. The relationship between Blue and Simon was just so cute! I loved seeing them communicate over the emails. Seeing their relationship develop over the course of the book was just fantastic. My favorite part of the book.
As far as the plot, I think that this is where the book went a little downhill for me. I thought it was slow at times and there just seemed to be way to many things going on at one time. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the blackmailing elements of the book. I don’t think that they were necessary. With that being said, I did enjoy the mystery surrounding Blue’s true identity. That is what made me give the rating that I did instead of anything lower.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is definitely worth the hide. The movie adaptation is coming out in a couple of months and I am so excited to see how it translates onto the big screen. I also know the author has other books out so I will be checking out those very soon!