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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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I might be too old for this cheesy-perfect-ending kind of books or maybe I am just too grumpy to see the reliability of such a story and plot. Being too moralistic, I find so “wrong” the idea of encouraging people to meet or establish a relationship over the internet or even applications. Opening yourself to such “adventures” is hoping too much for humanity, and we should not have so much hope. I also find a bit “annoying” the whole happy-ending of the “tortuous” situation that Simon put himself through, and when I say “annoying” I meant more like predictable. The new kind of fairy tale of happy ever after ending.
I am sure that teenagers curse a lot, but Simon has the mouth of a sailor. All the try-hard necessity of pushing cultural references of Harry Potter and Adventure Times… It is like trying too much to be cool and to reach that specific audience. The fact that he got “mad” at someone for not knowing what a Dementor is… it is ridiculous.
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