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Simon's personality is so distinctly drawn--every nook and cranny, every nuance--and the narrator is so perfectly cast, that you walk away from the experience feeling like you've gotten to know someone REAL. You haven't simply been told a story; you've gotten inside Simon's head and shared his experiences.
Along with Simon, Albertalli has crafted a team of three-dimensional characters rife with intriguing qualities. You may think you've mastered them (as Simon does), but as the story develops many of them turn around and surprise you. In both subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
A thoroughly engaging listen for Adults and Teens alike.
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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
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