Is it too late to jump on the Simon train? Probably. Am I going to do so anyway? You bet I am.
Guys, guys, guys, guys, guys, GUYS! This book was so incredibly cute and happy (wow, Paul, haven’t heard that before). Despite the whole blackmail thing, the book manages to keep you smiling the whole way through. My cheeks are so sore, I feel like Alvin from Alvin and the Chipmunks. Or should I say… Simon. (ooooh! Unintentional but totally intentional pun!)
I really don’t have anything to fault with this book, and unless you are some kind of blogosphere Grinch (and I have nothing against Grinches, but ya know, maybe this book will melt your ice heart?), I have no doubt that this book will make you laugh and smile.
Simon is an incredibly real character. On the list of “Book Characters That Are Basically Real People”, he gets prime ranking very very close to the top, and as Adam Silvera has said on Goodreads:
The ship. Oh my God. The ship is real.
I have to say, I loved the ending so much, and the grand reveal was just so incredibly, you can probably hear me combusting in delight all the way from Canada.
The family and friendships are so damn amazing in this book. You know that big, supportive family that never happens in books – because we always get dysfunctional families where the dad is an alcoholic and abusive, and the mother is on drugs? Or a family that just hates the kid so much? Well, finally, FINALLY, we have a book with a great, loving family that I just want to smush.
Yay or happy families, and yay for happy endings where nobody is murdered (because this isn’t one of those hideous books where everybody dies and the authors cackle their heads off. It’s a Happy Ending Book. Hear that?? HAPPY ENDING. *gasp* No way!
And also, the diversity I this book is so amazing. Sexual orientation and race are both quite major themes in the book (the main character is gay, hullo?) and the fact that all those good points is rolled into one little bundle of joy makes me want to scream. Which I will very well go ahead and do so now.
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.