Author: Becky Albertalli
Publication: April 7th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Source: Bought from Fullybooked, Cebu
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, LGBTQIA+, Contemporary
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.
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Thank you, Becky, for writing Simon vs. This is one of those moving, influential and important books we all need to read (I will definitely re-read!). I loved every single part of this book because it's so raw that it brings out all sorts of emotions. I loved loved loved Simon's parents, Simon, Martin (I learned to love this character at the end), and BLUE. OMG I NEVER GUESSED WHO HE WAS IT BUT I LOVED HIM EVEN FROM THE START. FROM HIS EMAILS UP UNTIL THE END. IT WAS FREAKING MAGICAL YOU GUYS. AAAAAAH I LOVE YOU, BLUE!
I can't find the right words to express how happy I am with Simon vs. I mean, this is the book I will forever push down everyone's way because Becky wrote THE perfect book!
"White shouldn't be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn't even be a default."
"He talked about the ocean between people. And how the whole point of everything is to find a shore worth swimming to."
"Being secure in you masculinity isn't the same as being straight."