In light of all that’s going on right now in America, I think we really need some positives in our lives. (I’ll be posting something huge about the election tomorrow, so please look for that.) We need more support for LGBTQ+ representation in literature than ever. Today, I’m going to share with you a book that I sincerely loved and that I hope and want everyone will read as well. It has a fabulous gay couple, Oreos, and Harry Potter. What more could a reader want?
16 year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier is trying to preserve his drama for the school musical. However, an email of his is seen by the wrong person, and his secret is at risk. Now Simon is being blackmailed: if he isn’t able to get class clown Martin the girl he wants, Simon’s sexual identity will become public. Even worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been corresponding with, will be compromised. With Simon’s once tight-knit friend group starting to unravel and his emails with Blue becoming more flirtatious day by day, Simon’s junior year is much more complicated. Now, Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone by himself before he’s pushed out. But how to do this without ruining his friendships, compromising his self identity, or blowing his shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met?
This book was practically perfect in every way. First of all, Simon. He’s such a wonderful guy and also so relatable! From his love of Harry Potter to his obsession with Oreo’s to his love of theatre, I think Simon might be me in an alternate universe. I empathise with his aversion to change as well as the shifting dynamics of his friend group. Until last year, I never really had a solid friend group in school because they just kept shifting. Also, in eighth and ninth grade, I was super antisocial and would stay in a lot just to read. (Not that that’s a bad thing, of course.) 🙂 So I mean it when I say that I understand how hard it was to maintain group dynamics, although I applaud him for keeping his group together. Speaking of his friends, I understand that Simon’s coming out may have been a shock to them, but I really don’t think they should have acted the way most of them did. I think they should have been more supportive of Simon from the start. Simon’s relationship with Blue was a bit of a slow burn, but I loved every moment of it. I understood where Blue was coming from with the secrecy and the reluctance, but I was just rooting so much for him and Blue to get together that I did get frustrated at times for a little bit. Then one of them would say something so sweet and I would melt all over again. I will say that Blue was definitely not who I expected him to be. I liked that I had to keep guessing, although the final reveal did throw me off a bit because I didn’t feel as familiar with the character in real life. Looking back, I guess I could see some clues, but I still was very surprised. Last but not least, I want to talk about the phenomenal writing in this book. I’m not just talking about the funny moments, although there was definitely a lot of humor. I think one of the best things about this book is that there are so many important lines and messages here. For example, the quotes above as well as, “I mean, I feel secure in my masculinity, too. Being secure in your masculinity isn’t the same as being straight.” So much important stuff was being said, so please go read this book.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book and want everyone to read it. It’s so important and makes you really think about society and people and the LGBTQ+ community and just so many important things.
P.S. I would like to apologize for the crappy picture. I can’t believe I didn’t include Oreos nor Harry Potter in the pic, and I also forgot the big panda signaling that this is one of my faves. Sigh. But still, seriously, go read this book ASAP!!!!!