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.
A thought provoking and very cute story that I think everyone should read.
Recently I’ve had the privilege of taking part in the blogging events at the Waterstone’s in Manchester. At the last event we were all kindly given copies of the Love, Simon version of the original book. Penguin sent them especially for us to review and I wasn’t sure how I felt about the book. I’d heard of the original and didn’t really know what it was about, so I wasn’t expecting to like it let alone love it as much as I do.
It was honestly such a cute book. We are introduced to Simon and instantly thrown into his dilemma with class mate Martin. I immediately thought Martin was a complete A-hole and my opinion didn’t change too much on him, I kind of understood him by the end but it didn’t excuse his actions.
Simon was quite selfless about the situation, he only thought of what the repercussions would mean for Blue, his internet friend, which was really sweet and made me instantly love him and want to protect him like a small child! Simon is very loyal and loves deeply and it comes across tremendously whilst reading. He’s also hilarious when drunk! 😉
The emails were very cute (everything is cute by the way) and I enjoyed reading them outside of the main story and seeing how Simon and Blue’s relationship developed. It was a nice addition to the book and added a lot of depth. I found myself looking for Blue, along with Simon, when he was in school and did wonder about Blue’s identity because of a specific scene, it was fun to try and figure it out.
What I really liked was how real the story felt. It wasn’t full of adventure or plot twists, it was a simple story about a boy coming out and his journey through a normal high school. Simple but so unbelievably adorable and fuzzy and fluffy and CUTE!
It’s just a feel good LGBT contemporary romance. I enjoyed every minute of it and was so happy whilst reading it. I’m so excited to see the film adaption!
Until next time ❣