AUTHOR: Becky Albertalli
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
PUBLISHED DATE: April 7, 2015
I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book!
Seriously...it was really really good.
Simon is a typical high schooler in suburban Georgia. The book starts off with him being subtly-but-not-subtly extorted by, Martin, a quirky teen who screen shots an email Simon is sending to his secret gay penpal. What does Martin want in exchange??? He wants Simon to put him in the good graces of Abby - gorgeous, funny, personable, and seemingly popular-over-night Abby who is very obviously not attracted to Martin. In an attempt to keep his gay identity a secret - Simon reluctantly agrees to the extortion, and so begins a very witty, charming, and delicious tale of identity, teen angst, friendship, and family support. The characters leap off he page, and Simon's voice is so real and authentic, it's as if you're talking to your best friend. Diverse characters with layers and personality are at the forefront of this very important book. At the heart of this story is a tale that acknowledges how strong emotional connections can be made in the virtual world that have real tangible effects in the physical world and how social media bullying can negatively impact the lives of young adults. It's funny how you can reveal things in emails and texts to a stranger that you may never be able to say to the people you've known and loved for years. This is an absolutely brilliant book and a must read for all teens.
Recommendation: Are you still sitting there!! Go out and read this book!
Audience: Young Adults (Grade 8 and up)
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