Challenge criteria: A book with an LGBT protagonist
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.
What I liked:
I am utterly obsessed with this book. It’s a little scary.
As usual, I made a prediction of who Blue was in my reading journal. I was hopelessly wrong, and so I was so pleasantly surprised when I found out who it really was. I’d never suspected them.
I love how many pop culture references there are in here. I almost died when there was mention of My Chemical Romance pretty early in the book – that’s how to win a girl over, Becky.
This is a hugely LGBT positive book. I love how supportive both Simon and Blue’s families were when the boys came out.
What I didn’t like:
There were some characters I felt it really hard to have any sympathy for. Martin, of course, was a royal asshole, and it was hard to feel any sympathy for him throughout the novel. His actions the whole way through were completely inexcusable. I also didn’t much like Leah. She was incredibly possessive and jealous, and I wouldn’t have had much time for her.
Simon himself can be a bit of an awful friend at times too.
Out of five:
Five. I cannot wait for this movie.