“Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it shouldn’t be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever.”
Genre: Young Adult.
Number of Pages: 303.
Location: Atlanta, Georgia.
This book is about Simon, who is not yet out as gay. One day, a classmate finds Simon’s emails with his secret pen pal boyfriend and threatens to reveal their secret unless Simon plays his wingman. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I have to admit that I have been in a little bit of a book funk. I am currently hardcore editing my own novel, so it’s been hard to compartmentalize that when reading other books. I keep getting caught up in trying to edit published books. Ugh. So it was very refreshing to find this book and get able to get so caught up in it that I forgot to pay attention to grammar and formatting. I finished this book in less than 24 hours (two separate sittings).
At the surface, it is about being gay and coming out. But it is also a story about family, friendships, love, and growing up. This is a timely novel with a very authentic voice. I loved all the characters for their own quirky ways. I do have to admit that I only read this book so I could see the movie in theaters. Based on the title and cover, I probably wouldn’t have naturally picked it up.
I highly recommend this book to everyone! I even have it my Best Book Award. It gives a perspective that is not often represented in published fiction. It was truly refreshing and heartwarming. I can’t wait to see the movie (released as Love, Simon). If you are interested in buying the book, you can buy it here. After you have read it, leave a comment and let me know what you think!
“People really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows.”