This will be my very first book review post and I hope you like it (and I hope I don’t spoil you. ^^). I don’t really know how to write a proper review, so I’m just gonna do this the Moi-way! Lol.
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 wing-man 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.
-summary from Goodreads
Rating : 4.5/5 stars
I’ll start by saying, Simon, you’re the cute guy! I’m totally giddy and heart eyes for this book! This book has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite some time now, and finally I’ve finished it.
This book is funny in so many levels. I was smiling from ear-to-ear almost the entire time I was reading it, especially on the part where Jacques and Blue exchange emails. I never thought a gay story can make me this happy and giddy about a love story. It felt like I was a teenager again, crushing over a cute guy in high school. lol
Reading this book gives me an idea on how normal gay love stories are. I mean, we think of many sorts of things when we talk about gay relationships. And we just don’t realize that they love the same way as straight people does. I love gay people. I have friends that are gays and they’re the truest and nicest persons I have ever met.
I know it’s hard for a gay person to come out and I love how Simon’s friends accepted him as him no matter what. So let’s talk about Simon’s friends and how I love that each of these characters reflect some of your friends in real life. There’s Leah, who is your friend that is always moody and sarcastic but really loving friend. I kinda love her character even though she always played as the debbie downer of the group, all snarly and sarcastic. I kinda see myself in her because I tend to be like that, and the fact that she’s in love with her best friend that is in love with her other friend, trust me, I know the feeling! </3
Then there’s Abby (the other friend), the pretty, funny and talented girl that everybody loves. Her character is really fun to read because she’s always positive and good vibes. And also, I love how she loves Simon so much even though they’ve been friends for only a short time. And lastly Nick, Simon’s best friend since birth ( or like that. hahaha) , he’s your musician friend slash gamer slash shrugs everytime slash good looking slash fun guy. I mean you know this type of friend, we all have one. The happy go lucky type of guy that makes your friendship really colorful. (I think ^^)
But then there’s Martin, who tried to blackmail Simon just to get close and date Abby. His character is really annoying on the first part of the story because he’s stupidly weird, but he gets really hilarious in the latter part which is a slight redemption of him being an ass trying to blackmail Simon until he made a stupid mistake again and put himself to eternal asshood. There’s a part where he tried to apologize to Simon for all the stupid thing he did and it kinda satisfies me because it turned out he’s not that complete asshole after all.
And of course, Simon. I love how Simon was so brave to come out as gay to the whole world. People are naturally judgmental and a lot of people have different perspectives about gays. I really believe that it takes a whole lot of guts to admit to everybody that you’re gay and brace every insult that other people will throw on your face. But Simon did it anyways. I totally agree that Straight should not be the default as White should not be a default (skin color). Everybody should come out and be equally nervous and awkward, or best, there should never be a default in the first place.
Another thing about Simon’s character that I like is his passionate love for Blue– really admirable and cute, and not to mention his geekiness to grammar and Oreos! <3 Simon and Blue’s email are so cute and sweet. You will be jelly and wish to receive that kind of emails from a cute guy! Lol. 🙂 🙂 The guessing game on Blue’s identity is really fun too! I never guessed it until I was a couple of pages away from the end! Hahaha. I wish I can talk about his real identity but that will spoil everything!
This book tickles you in the right places. It speaks genuine friendship and true love in a very weird circumstances. I totally enjoyed reading this and I will definitely recommend this to my gay friends, but well, straight can read a gay story too. 😀 Haha.
Barberry Luz Castillo
The gay rights advocate! ^^
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