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Review: Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli

Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli
Series: Creekwood
Genre: LGBT | Contemporary | Young Adult
Length: 352 pages
Published on 30th January 2018 by Penguin
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Becky Albertalli: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received from Publisher via TEENSgate Blogger Event.

Synopsis:
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.

The week before I got this book I was just telling people at work how yes I would go and see the movie with them and no it was super unlikely I would read the books as lets be real I am in no position to buy more books, especially not a contemporary.

Week later, I’m at our lovely TEENSgate event and bam we get a copy to read and review for penguin.

I figured hey lets give it a try.

Lets do this.

And boy am I glad I did.

Its no secret that contemporaries and romances are not my go to type of books.

I started it one Saturday morning because I had a bit of spare time before work and by Sunday midday I had finished it. I was carrying it around the house with me, sneakily reading a page or two at work, and reading when dead during our PUBG play time.

Its been a long time since a book held my attention that well.

I think I was most impressed that all these years after its original release date people were still very tight-lipped about who Blue is. Or at least people were doing so until the movies release everywhere but the UK. I’m side-eyeing y’all. That was rude.

I think what was super important is that it was all very real. Even though I figured out who Blue was a while before Simon, it made 100% sense that he didn’t because it reflects that very real “omg I’m in love and not always going to be thinking clearly and there are so many options of who it could be”. Y’know all excited and happy and nervous.

On top of that Simon’s friendship group were all super realistic as well and acted the way teens do. It was great how every character side or main were recognisable. They were fully fleshed out people and not just paper thin reflections of maybe people.

My only gripe in the book is that after Simon has to deal with being forced to come out he finds out someone else is bisexual and then proceeds to tell a friend who tells another friend. This wasn’t common knowledge before hand that this person was queer so I felt rather betrayed that Simon would do this to someone after having gone through it himself. This isn’t really touched upon or has any consequence, its just something that happens in passing but it made me sad.

But mostly I enjoyed this book and if I’m sat here telling you I liked it and you were previously unsure I would definitely recommend checking it out.

4 stars / 5 stars
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10 thoughts on “Review: Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli”

  1. I’m glad you pointed the bisexual bit out. I haven’t read this yet, but I guess I should also tread a bit carefully despite the hype surrounding this book. Great review!

  2. I’m so glad to see someone else who has been ambiguous about finally picking up this book recommending it.

    I’m also cheering for you pointing out things that are concerning that I haven’t seen come up before. It’s sad that sometimes hype can overshadow bits that we should talk about.

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  4. This is one of those books that my hype-resistance works on :D you got a copy? That’s great! I mean, I know I would probably love this book if I read it – but the hype resistance just keeps working xD

    I agree about the coming out thing where he tells someone. Ouch. Shouldn’t do that :(

  5. I absolutely loved Simon vs, too, and I have to admit, I didn’t notice the bisexual thing where Simon told someone else about it…
    I can’t wait for the movie to come out in Switzerland, and I would love to use this book in class at one point. My students could all do with being more open minded :)
    Great review. Lauren!

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