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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 with, 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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By Jeff on 04-10-15
Amazing, powerful, joyful book!
I went back and forth between smiling at what was happening and occasionally getting upset. Sometimes Simon just does the complete wrong thing and I just wanted to say nooooooooooo. But that’s part of what being a teenager is about. As this plays out over a few months, including the Christmas holidays, Albertalli gives us such full, dynamic characters that you feel the weight of the events on Simon, which is also helped by the use of first person/present tense. In the last forty five minutes, I smiled and cried because of the perfect ending that played out before my ears.
I suspect I'll listen to it again, and I might pick up the physical book as well because this story deserves to be savored and enjoyed
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
By VN on 05-25-15
So delightfully conflicting and heartwarming
This story about Simon and his struggle was amazingly poignant and touching. I felt all the moments of pain and confusion as Simon experienced it and all the moments he felt loved. Because when you're 17 and trying to figure it out, everyone can be a little bit horrible and wonderful at the same time. Such a great listen!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful