Published by: Balzer & Bray, Harper Audio on April 7, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, LGBT, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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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, 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.
One Line: A fun and cute story with an adorkable main character.
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
This is one of those Contemporary books that I normally wouldn’t care about in the slightest, but luckily Simon was a fun character whose head I enjoyed being inside of, so his thoughts saved the book for me. Nothing much happens, it’s basically about Simon’s daily life with his friends and family and his email correspondences with Blue (his crush). There were a lot of comical moments and I particularly enjoyed the emails between Simon and Blue. Everything was pretty light-hearted and realistic.
I connected very easily with Simon and I genuinely liked him. He’s very grounded for a teenager,although he’s not without his faults, and I enjoyed all his little quirks. I liked that you get a well-rounded picture of Simon and his life and all the relationship dynamics are portrayed here very nicely. Becky did an outstanding job in that aspect. He has some drama with his friends, and there’s a realistic push and pull there that I appreciated. You also get a craay mix of characters in his family, but I loved how supportive they were of each other. Plus, that world of Oreos? Sign me up!
One thing I have to point out though was so many times the characters kept referring to Tumblr as “the Tumblr” and I was scratching my head in wonder. I mean, these are teenagers and I know for a fact that teens nowadays are all over social media, especially Tumblr, and no one calls it “the Tumblr”. It just made it cringe. Maybe it’s because it’s the school’s Tumblr so they refer to it as such?! I don’t know, it just irked me like nails on a chalkboard.
But that’s beside the point. The book was a decent read as far as the genre goes. It’s a quick read and Simon is a quirky character that you can’t help but like. It’s not really exciting, but I expect that with these kinds of books, and Albertalli made up for it with her characters. I think I just have to accept that this is how this genre is. It’s not exactly my favorite thing to read, but it makes me extra happy when I can find the gems within that I genuinely like. I’m glad that the book didn’t focus on the fact that he’s gay and how different that it, but more about how normal it is. Also, that ending was almost too cute and it left me smiling and feeling very happy. A truly feel-good read if there ever was one.
Thoughts on the Narrator
This was my first time listening to Michael and I could totally imagine him as Simon. He had just the right amount of sarcasm and snark, with a touch of sweetness that added to how much I liked and connected with Simon. Michael just has a relatable voice and made the book so enjoyable for me to listen to.