Simon Spier is gay. But only he and his love interest know it. Which would be fine, apart from the fact that neither of them knows who the other is.
One day, Simon is sitting alone at a computer in his school’s library emailing the mysterious ‘Blue’, but unfortunately he forgets to log out of his Gmail account. A fellow classmate, Martin Addison uses the computer after Simon and sees the email, and takes a screenshot of it on his mobile phone. And now, unfortunately, Martin also knows that Simon is gay, which is a problem.
But Martin has a plan. One that will benefit him and Simon alike. Martin really, really fancies Simon’s close friend Abby, and he tells Simon that if he helps him get with Abby, he’ll keep quiet about the whole ‘gay’ thing. Simon is at first reluctant to help Martin, but doesn’t want the whole school knowing that he’s gay.
The majority of the rest of the story then follows Simon living through school life, trying to figure out ways of setting up situations involving Martin and Abby.
The book also has intermittent chapters of the email conversations between Simon and ‘Blue’. The author is very good at writing communication (spoken and typed), and the growing relationship between the email lovers is beautiful to follow. You really do get invested in the both of them, and their blossoming love for each other.
The whole time the two are emailing, Simon uses a pseudonym: Jacques. ‘Blue’ does figure this out though, as he links it to the french for’Simon says’, which is: Jacques A Dit. But’Blue’ is as mysterious about his identity as always, and says he doesn’t want to reveal his true identity yet.
An unfortunate rejection by Abby soon changes everything. Martin is now furious with Simon, and amps up the blackmail. He takes to Tumblr to vent his anger, posting an open invitation to all guys at the school, in Simon’s name, saying that he is gay. To make matters worse, the ‘advert’ is posted on the school’s own Tumblr profile, where everyone at Creekwood High can access it. Now everyone in school knows.
But this only has the opposite of the desired effect, pushing Simon and ‘Blue’ closer together. But ‘Blue’ still won’t tell Simon who he really is. By this stage, Simon is tired of trying to guess who his gay love interest is, and decides to find out once and for all.
And it’s not who he expected it to be……….
As I have already mentioned, the language of this novel, spoken or typed, is beautiful. The interaction between the characters reads and more importantly feels real. I really became excited to be meeting ‘Blue’ in the flesh at the same time as Simon was. And I was just as happy with the result as Simon was.
The book is written so poetically and so defined that you almost forget your reading a book. Somehow I felt everything every character went through, and this is the mark of a very good author.
This book certainly comes highly recommended from me. And this author is definitely one to watch, one of my new favourite authors.