Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication date: April 7, 2015
Pages: 303 pp.
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.
“Sometimes, it seems like everyone knows who I am except me.”
Gays or anyone belongs in LGBT community are cool. They still the same person we know, even though they change the way they think or feel.
And this was the Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda agenda wants to render to us people, to understand them without discriminating them, without judging them because they just showed their true selves without hurting others, so why bothering bullying them. Did they hurt us?
I can’t figure out the logic why some of us can’t respect and accept them. It’s not that hard to do it. Ugh.
For this book, I really felt so many emotions here – happiness, sadness, and cuteness? LOL. But to be honest, I am glad that this was my first read this 2017.
This was not my first book to read that falls under the category of LGBT, and it will not be the last.
The story started so slow, that I don’t know what would be the sense of this, but honestly, the writing style was easy to read and you wouldn’t notice that you were already halfway of the book.
The characters were so lovable; main character or not, they made an impact to each other and to Simon Spier.
Simon’s character has improved as the story progress, there were still times that he became immature over some matters, but everyone has been there, right? One time you accept all and forget it, and then change the minute and you became immature and you just want to curl and cry.
‘We are entitled to our emotions.’
Anyway, my favorite scene when Simon and Blue finally meet, they were so cute! I just read that phrase twice! Oh, Simon. 😀
But the bottom line is before others accept us, we must accept and love ourselves first. No matter what genre you are. And we need it to #NoteToOurself
What a great read to start this 2017! 🙂