I read this book in honour of the SCOTUS marriage equality bill and I’m so glad I did! Words cannot express how much I love this book! It is funny. moving, honest and relatable.
Centred around Simon Spier, an average high schooler from Atlanta, his whole world looks like its about to come crashing down when fellow classmate Martin Addison finds emails sent from Simon to a mysterious boy called ‘Blue’ and threatens to reveal Simon’s homosexuality and his relationship with Blue (another classmate) to the entire school if Simon doesn’t help Martin score a date with his best friend Abby. As you can probably guess, hilarity, drama and sadness ensues as Simon tries to keep his and Blue’s relationship a secret from the school.
The reason why I fell in love with this with book is because unlike some YA novels, this wasn’t an adult author trying hard to be a teenager and trivialising issues we face, but it was honest. The voice was a teenager. The issue of sexuality wasn’t trivialised, but dealt with in an eloquent manner. But most importantly, Becky Abertalli understood teenage issues. She understood teenage sexuality. She understood the fragility of friendships we make and maintain in high school. She understood the issues of snooping family members, trying to find our way and the trials of first love.
So, if you only read one YA novel this year, make it this one. It’s full of funny email threads, Oreos and Oliver! The Musical all while tackling incredibly difficult issues.
Rating: 5 stars.
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