oh my heart! i devoured this book, so i couldn’t write any notes on it like i usually would. i’m sorry if i’m a blubber-mouth in this review! this is NOT SPOILER-FREE! be careful!
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.
Goodreads rating: 4.28
Published 7th April 2015, by Balzer + Bray
this book is definitely on the top of my list. it’s funny, real and very necessary in our society nowadays.
okay, okay, settle your horses. i know you’re just as excited about this book (AND THE MOVIE) but i need to provide some context.
i wanted to read this book FOREVER. the hype surrounding it made me extremely interested, but there was one problem … i was broke! thankfully, i got this for Christmas and i instantly tore into it when i could.
i think this novel, for some reason, just spoke to me. i don’t know why, but when i finished this book, i felt sad to leave the world of Simon and i wanted to continue his journey of finding himself and dealing with his sexuality. this book tugged at all my heartstrings and i want to just read it and read it and read it.
i don’t even know where to begin.
maybe we can start at my first impressions?
i think the writing was simplistic. in the beginning, it annoyed me but as i became used to Simon’s world, i think the simplicity of the writing actually made me feel closer to the character because he spoke as if he was telling you his story. soon, i loved the little jokes and side-comments Simon would throw in and often found myself grinning.
also, this book is really relatable.
maybe that’s why i connected to it so much? it felt like an inside joke with yourself and the main character.
i loved this book so much because i also connected with the characters.
-Leah’s self-consciousness i understand because i’m self-conscious too and i feel socially anxious all the time. and i understand what she means about being left out because it’s happened to me too.
-i get Blue because he is quiet and shy and some of what he says i can see myself feeling too. and he has divorced parents and i know what he means about having to tell the same daunting thing two times instead of just sitting your parents down and blurting it out.
-and Simon, oh dear Simon. he has my entire heart because i also get him. i know this is little, but we have the same taste in music (shoutout to Sufjan Stevens!) and he loves music as much as i do and he makes playlists for how he is feeling and listens to music everyday. i’ve said it before, but music encompasses all the things i can’t say and i think that’s the same with Simon. and it’s just little things he says and does which makes me feel like, “yes, I get that, I totally get that”.
the romance killed me. in a good way.
it was just SO DAMN ROMANTIC. i loved how Blue and Simon flirted through their emails because it was so cute and their relationship just sent my heart fluttering!
i don’t know if this is an unpopular opinion or not, but i sort of wished that Leah, if not ended up with, had a relationship with Nick. i feel bad for her, but hopefully we’ll see how it goes in the prequel to Simon vs. called Leah on the Offbeat.
but i will admit that the relationship between Abby and Nick was really cute, especially how they were describing what happened in the car. awwwww!
it addressed sexuality.
“There shouldn’t even be a default”
i agree!! there shouldn’t be a default on anything: race, sexuality, looks … we should become all-inclusive for every. single. person. but i also agree with the whole premise that everyone should come out.
why is straight the normal and the default? from a young age, it was expected that i have a crush on a boy, so i created an ideal of having a boyfriend. my belief is that we shouldn’t pressure social constructs on children because that is what creates this silence about being who you are. we should all have to come out about our sexuality because no one deserves to be labelled something they are not.
i’m straight. but, as a teenager in my formative years, my ideas can change. plus, how do i really know i’m straight without working it out in my head? what if that is not the case? currently, i’m at a point in my life where i am questioning if what i believed in my childhood reflects who i am. and don’t be afraid to do that as well! question your sexuality because in the end, you will know. if you believe you’re straight, gay, bisexual, asexual, pan or anything else then good for you!! you deserve to be proud of yourself because dealing with your sexuality is at times draining. if you haven’t figured it out yet, you will and when you do, i think you will be the happiest you have ever been.
the novel also mentions a lot about the circumstances which gay people must deal with. such as religion or parents’ ideals. i also found it particularly evoking when Martin was angry and wrote that post on Tumblr about Simon being gay, whereupon Simon told him that it wasn’t his news to tell.
the plot was a big mush of cuteness and relatability and gahh, i loved it.
i don’t know what to say except that I WISH I WAS LIVING IN THAT WORLD. the plot was perfect-o! what else to say except that it ticked all the boxes for me. i honestly can’t think of anything wrong. but maybe that is also because i didn’t take any notes …
either way, IT WAS SO GOOD.
can i be friends with everyone?
honestly, they are all just so hilarious and once again, relatable. i am just blubbering right now (like i said i would) but they were SO AMAZING. and original and unique. i loved them all soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!
the movie looks SO GOOD THAT I ALMOST STARTED CRYING WHEN WATCHING THE TRAILER.
okay, so i know this has nothing to do with the book, but it’s true!!! i had the chance to see an advanced screening of Simon vs. but I COULDN’T GO AND I AM KICKING MYSELF CONSTANTLY. i just can’t wait for March to roll around and then i can see all my bubs. my bub Keiynan Lonsdale is in it (if you follow my blog for a while, you will see my obsession!) AND HE IS PLAYING BRAM AND MY HEART COULD NOT BE HAPPIER and my other bub Nick Robinson is in it and he is THE CUTEST. AND ALL MY BUBS ARE IN IT. AND CAL IS EXACTLY HOW I IMAGINED (oh dear Miles Heizer, I am reunited with you once again). When I watch the movie, every single cast member will by my bub.
anyway, that’s a wrap on my review (which kinda makes me sad because it means this story is officially over!!!!). I LOVED THIS STORY SO MUCH. READ IT!!!!!
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