If you do not own this book yet – go buy it. Like, NOW! You will want to own it and it will sit on the top shelf with all your other favorite books. And then go see the movie. You can thank me later. No really, you will.
Publish Date: April 7, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Pre-order/Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Category: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT
William C. Morris Award Winner: Best Young Adult Debut of the Year * National Book Award Longlist
Sixteen year-old Simon is keeping a secret from his family and best friends: he is gay. When a fellow student anonymously posts on tumblr that he is gay, Simon – also anonymously – tells him his secret. They strike up a companionship through email and then Simon’s emails get into the wrong hands. He will be blackmailed in order to keep his secret behind “closet” doors. The rest, you will need to read to find out: and I trust that you will. What are you waiting for, I would have thought you would’ve already bought it and started reading it by now? Wasn’t my intro convincing enough?!
This book will bring about all the feels. There is one part of the book where I was desperate to hug Simon. I found my emotions going from anger, sadness and outright laughter all within a few short chapters: it was an emotional rollercoaster that I was glad to ride. It also made me so thankful that I never have to relive high school ever again. I can’t even imagine having to go through high school with social media; and here I thought dial up AOL instant messenger chat rooms were brutal.
You will fall in love with all the characters: I hated one tremendously, but I guess things changed in the end (just a tad)…look at me, I am growing 😉
I loved author Becky Albertalli‘s writing style. It was fresh and real. As much as book to movies go, even if there were changes I felt Becky’s voice for Simon and the others shone through. I loved the movie too!
I included the movie trailer below so when (not if!) you read it you can put faces with the names:
I also knew I was going to love the movie when – not even a few minutes in – my favorite band, The 1975’s song Love Me was playing. Got to love a good movie soundtrack!
Are you still reading my review?! Thank you, but what the heck are you waiting for…I already told you to start reading this book! 😉
Did you read the book and/or see the movie? Let me know, I would love to hear from you!
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