Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ+, Realistic
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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.
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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.
But I’m tired of coming out. All I ever do is come out. I try not to change, but I keep changing, in all these tiny ways. I get a girlfriend. I have a beer. And every freaking time, I have to reintroduce myself to the universe all over again.
Sometimes it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.
There are some socks that shouldn’t be washed by your mom.
He kisses like Elliott Smith sings.
This book was so cute! I’m so happy that this was one of the picks for the Square in Wonderland Book Club! I loved Becky’s writing. It was half epistolary (with the emails between Blue and Jacques) and half narration of Simon. I love epistolary novels, even if it isn’t fully epistolary. I will definitely be picking up any other book that Becky writes because I really enjoyed her debut.
I felt like I could connect really well with Simon even though we’re not the same gender and he’s gay and I’m straight. But he reminded me so much of one of the friendships that I had in high school and college. Today, I still have that friendship but we have drifted. But regardless, it was so relatable and I really enjoyed reading Simon and his thoughts and actions.
The relationship between Blue and Jacques (Jacques being Simon’s alter-ego) is so sweet and endearing. It was so nice seeing the two of them grow and their relationship blossom. At the very beginning, I had an inkling of who was Blue but then about 100 pages in, I didn’t know who it was and it was so exciting to find out who it was at the end!
I also really enjoyed all of the secondary characters. Simon’s group of friends sounds a lot like a group I had back in high school. And it was really cool going back and reminiscing the old days for me. Abby, Leah, Nick, Garrett, Bram, and random others; they were all great!
I think that any YA Contemporary lover should read this book because it is different, unique, and refreshing. It is seriously a breath of fresh air. I haven’t read other LGBTQ books but I have read books where the secondary characters were LGBTQ. I loved Becky’s writing, characters, and story. I cannot wait to see what else Becky has to offer! Don’t let the LGBTQ theme scare you off because the romance is tame and adorable! I loved this book a whole lot!