Book Review, “Love, Simon” by Becky Albertalli 📚

I’ll admit, I brought this book back in March… MARCH?! Why you’ll ask has it taken me THIS long to review it then, in all honesty, I have been having readers block, again. This is something I have found myself to suffer with for nearly 2 years now and it’s since having graduated! I really can’t explain it but, perhaps the fact that I had over 35,000 words to write for my final year with all my modules combined (which involved a lot of reading due to my course) this may have just jammed my brain a little and I just find it hard to get into it again? Because really, it’s just getting into a book I find the hardest thing now, like physically picking up the book and starting as once I’ve done that and I’m into the book, there’s no stopping me :D!

SO! On to what you really came for, my book review on “Love, Simon”. This book, was absolutely adorable, oh my god. I think it is one of my all time favourites, honestly.

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Blurb:

 

Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal . . .

It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.

 

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Love, Simon centres around a young lad named, wait for it, Simon! Funnily enough :P. Simon is someone who in my opinion would most definitely be one of my friends in real life! He is sweet, he is kind and he just over all seems like such an awesome guy. He doesn’t have a lot of friends and nor does he want a lot of friends either, he has his dog Bieber and a family he actually likes being around. Simon has an average, normal life, that is if you don’t include his HUGE secret.. he’s gay.

Now! One thing I absolutely LOVED about this book is how Simon makes such a good point; why is straight the only stereotype? Basically meaning, why is straight the “normal” way of life, yet homosexuality is something you HAVE to come out about? And I completely agree. When you hear that someone is gay, lesbian, bi etc. you always hear people ask “how did your family deal with you coming out?” because everyone knows that this is just how things do go when it comes to being any of the above. And this is what I absolutely loved the most about this book. Simon is just a normal guy and he is gay, that doesn’t mean it should be such a huge deal. But it is in todays society, in fact it always has been.

Simon is hung up on a mysterious boy that goes by the name of “- Blue”. Blue is another lad at Simons school that is also gay, but no-one knows, just like Simon! So the two connect and are slowly falling in love. Simon is dying to know who Blue is but is so so scared of pushing Blue away that he doesn’t ever push to meet him. The book is a journey of both Simon coming to grips with his own feelings, as well as a lot more new feelings and dealing with some complicated friendship differences.

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One part of the book that really hit me is when Simon gets to the point of needing to know who Blue is. He has so much happen to him while talking to Blue and so much he doesn’t actually tell Blue at the thought of, again, pushing him away. He finally emails Blue sort of demanding to meet. And how that particular bit of the book is written had me crying absolute happy tears. I was an emotional wreck and, no lie, I hugged my book, then text my gay best friend demanding he read the book ASAP! :D.

Over all, I want to see the film just as much now, if not more! I want to see how the film portrays the book. So! That is my next mission for Simon and his story.

I would give this story a 5/5 so if you haven’t read it, READ IT!

With love, Charlotte x

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