Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 7, 2015
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.To begin, let me start off by saying that this book has been getting so much hype. Was I a bit nervous about this? Yes. Was the hype false? No.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtations 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 ever met.
I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. I immediately fell for the wonderful character that is Simon. He's so awesome and I adored his love for Oreos. I mean, come on. Oreos will forever be the best cookie. Especially the red velvet or minty ones. ANYWHO, Simon was just such an honest character. He really grew and developed throughout the story and I loved being with him when he went through life changes.
One thing worth mentioning about this book is the amazing lessons that Albertalli has expertly interwoven throughout. Simon had so many realizations that make so much sense:
"White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default."
"Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn't be this big awkward thing whether you're straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I'm just saying."
All I know is this book is one that you want to read and have in your life. It's quirky, fun, and even includes some wonderful lessons. Plus, the characters are amazing! Oh, and the Oreos. Let's not forget the Oreos.