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.
Published 7th April 2015
Should Read – 4 stars
Read from 12th to 14th May
So I read this as part of my Fangirls book club along with ACOWAR. We were all going to pick up ACOWAR and the idea of a book club (at least to me) is to read books you’ve been putting off or otherwise wouldn’t pick up.
I actually really enjoyed this, it’s such a cute read and the writing is so up my street. It does deal with homosexuality and all though that feels like the main idea I think it’s more about self-discovery. I really enjoyed Simon talking about who he is and IF he’s allowed to change.
The first half doe take a while to get into because it’s not that it’s hard to see where the story is going but more that you are thinking about when it’s going to happen and how severe it’s going to be. I am glad that this wasn’t as bad as some coming out stories and that’s why I’ll say that this isn’t the main focus about the book.
So much of it is focussed around relationships and but the end it’s like who’s with who. Friendships are also really important as well as the actions behind the people in this book. I love how it showed how the actions of someone cascade into so many other people’s lives.
I did like Simon but his character has two different sides. The personal where he discusses how he feels and the thoughts he’s having about the situations that he’s in; and then there’s how others view them and near the end we do get to see it from a outsiders perspective. This really allowed me to look back with a different view on the story and that is one of my favourite things to do in plots. I just love how (Happy Potter and Snape for example) something is revealed at the end that just makes you sit and go backwards and start understanding more about the story.
The side characters are bit hit and miss in all honesty. There are all these different tiers of friend groups and it just becomes quite confusing. I do think that there’s one or two of these characters that could actually have their own stories either during the time that this is set or earlier or later in their lives.
The best thing about this is the writing, I love hearing peoples voices coming through the page rather than it feeling removed and high level. Also I love emails and letter being included in stories, probably one of the reasons I love Fangirl so much. I just love multiple layers running through a story. For anyone who particularly loves multiple storylines, you must read Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld; all I want to do is reread that book!
That’s all folks!