Book Review – Love Simon

Love Simon
By Becky Albertalli
Penguin Books
Rating: *****

Synopsis: 
Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better. Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated. Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal …It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

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Review: 
I am a bit of a sucker for teen reads. My all time favourite is the “Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging” series, anything diary entry or email related I enjoy. So I knew I was going to be taken with Love Simon. But I didn’t quite realise how much.

Simon is like any other teen at high school, he has a normal family and a few friends, and he is gay. No big deal right? Well it kind of is in high school – which is a real shame, and I really hope that one day nobody ever has to “come out” the whole concept for me is just ridiculous.

So the basis of the story is – Simon emails a guy called “Blue” which of course isn’t his real name, Simon uses the pseudonym “Jaques” they are both gay guys who go to the same school and strike up a kind of relationship without knowing who the other one is. They talk about what is it like to be in the closet, how they feel about coming out and other teen dreams and dramas. It is all a secret, that is until Simon forgets to log out of his email and a guy in his class finds all the emails and takes a screenshot to blackmail him with. Then the fun and cringey parts ensue.

I really love how the chapters are laid out, so one chapter will be the emails back and forth between “Jaques” and “Blue” and the next will be Simon’s narrative. It reads and flows very well and keeps you hooked.

**SPOILERS**
Do not read further if you haven’t read the book and want to.

Halfway through the book Simon unintentionally comes out, to the whole school, because the person blackmailing him posts it on their school gossip tumblr page. I was so sucked into the story that I almost cried for him, what an awful way to be outed when you wanted to do it yourself, this was his thing to do, and someone spoiled it. He then consequently came out to his family (who all took it very well)

The only trouble with him being outed so publicly, is Blue worked out who he was, and subsequently slowed down his email communication with Simon, which made him question all sorts – did Blue now not like him anymore? Was Blue someone he knew well?

 I kind of guessed who Blue might have been halfway through the book, and when he arranged to meet him and I found out it was Bram (who I thought) I was SO happy! The relationship that then developed between them was so sweet, I was routing for them in the last few chapters. It took me back to being a teen and remembering my crushes and my first boyfriend, it’s such a scary and wonderful time.

I love the fact that everyone embraced them both and their new relationship and coming out, they didn’t encounter any trouble everyone was just happy for them, which is how it should be. 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it is the best one I have read in a long time. I will definitely read it again and really want to watch the film as well now. If any of you have any similar books you can recommend to me please let me know in the comments as I would love to read something else like this. Dee x

 

 

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