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.
* source: Goodreads.
I have to admit that I was hesitated to pick up this book, because I thought reading contemporary romance would make me bored. But, oh boy, I was wrong! After reading this book and “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before”, I must admit that I may start to enjoy contemporary romance (as long as is not about someone who has cancer, fall in love, but ended up dying at the end, or way-too-cheesy kind of love story, or too many sex scenes, I am up for it).
Now, the first LGBTQ+ book that I read was We Are Okay by Nina Lacour. I have high hope for that book but I ended up not liking it. BUT I am glad I read this one, because OH MY OH MY OH MY!! This story is just so cute, and honestly I found myself smiling so many times. All the characters are well developed. I love Simon and Blue. The romance in this book is pictured perfectly sweet. Aaahh… their relationship really warmed my heart ♥ I would give them big bear hug if I could!
There’s something about you that makes me want to open up,
and that’s slightly terrifying to me.
Another thing that I love about this book is, while the author sending out important message about coming out, LGBTQ+ matter, and homophobia, Albertalli, managed to tell the story in a funny, cute and sweet way that not only focus on relationship between two gay men, but also relationship with his amazing family and friends. Overall this is a story about courage and love that everyone should read.
If you read this book, I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂
Thank you for reading,