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.
HOW CUTE!!! Seriously, this novel might be the cutest I read in a very long time. It's not even the kind of cuteness that's strictly about romance, because I swear, everything in this book is cute. Just, ahhh. Wow.
I must admit, I thought this book was similar to Will Grayson, Will Grayson. Not only because they're both about homosexual relationships, but simply because they have many details in common and the feeling I had while reading them was very similar. I loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson, so it isn't really a complain, although it's a bit sad to read this book after having read another that's so much alike.
That being said, I have to say that everything else in this book is amazing. I thought the plot was really good, because even though it's a normal guy's life and not much happens in it, there's actually mystery in it and it kept me interested through the entire story. I discovered who Blue is pretty soon, but I wasn't entirely sure, so it was really nice to guess with all the little clues. I really liked their relationship and how everything evolves between them, because it's really not usual, but it's still adorable and honest.
Simon's friends are incredible, in my opinion, because they're so nice and comprehensive. Their reactions felt sincere to me and I can honestly say I would love to have them as friends. As someone who has an amazing gay friend, I loved seeing more about what it's like to come out to your friends and family, because you can only get that when you're in someone's perspective, not really in a conversation.
Bullying is part of this book, which I thought was realistic, as sad as it is. I know homosexuality isn't always well seen in our society, but I thought Simon and his friends handle it really well (better than me, to be honest, who felt like crying and wanted to beat some people up). I think it shows well how it is to be in high school, whether you're gay or not, because bullying is horrible and while we all know it shouldn't even exist, it still does.
I really liked reading this novel, because it's really cute and light-hearted. I read it pretty fast and I would do it over again!