Published by Balzer + Bray on April 7 2015
Genres: coming of age, lgbt, ya
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Being a teenager is tough enough, but when you are an in-the-closet gay teenager things are that much more complicated. Add to that a flirtatious email relationship with a secretive boy and another boy a-hole threatens to out you if you don’t help him hook up with his friend and things start to get REAL messy.
I am not much for romance; cheesiness normally sets me on edge. But Simon is funny and sad and heartfelt and snarky. It is lovey-dovey without being overwrought. It is all around wonderful.
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.