4.5 totally adorable stars….
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.
Loved this! Loved Simon! He was just so perfectly sweet and relatable… I mean I have absolutely nothing in common with a 17-year-old boy, but Simon made me think I do (or maybe I really do?)… Simon is struggling with coming out to his family and friends, and even if you are not gay you definitely understand that need to fit in especially when you’re a teenager….now Simon was blessed with amazing friends, I absolutely adored his friends reaction to him coming out, how wonderful it would be if everybody had such amazing supportive friends… and his family, they were wonderful and I saw so much of myself in Simon’s mom… I also probably am a little too obsessed with my children’s lives and have the need to discuss absolutely everything just as she did… so when she said when your children are little you get to see everything unfold right in front of you, but when they get older you miss out on seeing all of that, definitely an aha moment…
The romance in this was a bit of a mystery, trying to figure out who Blue was… it kept me guessing right along with Simon, and if I was better at the names of all of the past presidents I might’ve had an easier time… really liked how this relationship developed and the reveal was so sweet… all in all a fabulous book with fantastic characters that just made you smile!
narration:Michael Crouch did a wonderful job he was Simon!💚