I’ve wanted to read this for two years. TWO years.
And gahhhhh did it not disappoint.. that much? I know. Let me explain!!
Okay okay okay the book was so cute and ajdjsjsjsjsj and full of feelings and smushy feelings, but I felt a little underwhelming? I think that is was the perfect contemporary, but I just feel that not much happened?? Idk…
I think that because there was SO much hype it was really hard for me to love it as much as I could have because there was(is) so much hype. I still really enjoyed it though, even loved it, and there was so many smushy fangirl moments. I can’t even. But yes, a little overhyped? A smidge?
simon: he was adorable. He was brilliant. He was so witty and funny and has such a good sense of humour. He was super sweet, and had such a great relationship with Abby and Nick, and Leah who will always be supportive of him. I felt that he got crushes on people really quickly though, and at first he didn’t really see what was right in front of him, but I’m so glad that it all worked out in the end! He overthinks things (relate) but it wasn’t really heavy stuff/intense?! He was just so light-hearted and giving people hugs and just being generally adorable.
his family: a w e s o m e. They were just such a lovely family?? And I love how Becky Albertalli includes families into her YA books and they are actually a big part of the book, and they were in her other book ‘The Upside of Unrequited‘ and I think that it’s really refreshing to read. Also Simon’s family was crazy/awkward and it was just brilliant.
his friends: Nick was nice, but I don’t think that we saw enough of his personality in this book as much as we saw the personality of Abby and Leah. All we really knew about him was that he liked video games, but was more interested in playing the guitar and singing and was really nice and had been friends with Simon for ages. I think that Abby was amazing, and she was so funny (like Simon), and a really understanding person, while Leah was rather insecure about things (not that she can’t be insecure, because everyone is entitled to insecurities) but she often would take things out on people and would get annoyed with people: get really jealous…
(she would get annoyed with them hanging out without her yet she would hang with them and not tell Simon and he wouldn’t have been able to say how it made him feel without her getting defensive???) AND SHE WOULD KEEP THINGS FROM HIM, BUT THEN GET ANNOYED WHEN HE DIDN’T COME OUT TO HER FIRST?? EXCUSE ME?? WHAT. DOUBLE STANDARD MUCH, DARLING?
…and I feel like she caused drama unnecessarily??? AND SO. NEEDY. But I think that she really started to grow towards the end and I started to like her a bit more. But yeah, I didn’t like her much though. And also I’m really wanting to read ‘Leah on the off beat’ to get a bit more about her so I can understand her a bit more!!
I think that it’s great how this book wasn’t just focussed on Simon’s relationships. I think that we saw almost as much of everyone else’s relationship as much as we did Simons!!
For me, I think that the romances happened very late in the book, and it all just ended too soon. I think that it all just happened and then boom. end of book. And I think that’s what made me most underwhelmed about this book. I LOVED IT. I just thought that it all ended a little fast. THAT’S ALL.
I SHIP THEM SO MUCH OKAY?
But I was suchhhhhh a fangirl while reading this book. I honestly was rooting for am sot everyone and everyone and whenever something happened I would just flail and at one point I actually went “maaaaaaa” when I was reading because of all the feels. MY HEART CAN’T TAKE THE EMOTIONS?? OKAY?
I literally shipped this books SO HARD. I was a bit “meh” about Blue at some stages because I was like PLEASE. JUST. HUG SIMON OKAY. And I thought that it was a little unfair that they wouldn’t really reciprocate Simon’s openness about their identity, but you can’t really hold that against him because obviously it would have been hard for him.
ALSO CAN WE QUICKLY MENTION THE POSITIVE ONLINE FRIENDSHIP? THANKS.
I think that the LGBTQ+ was represented so well in this book. There were aspects in this book that were horrible, but I like how they were dealt with in a realistic way, and how the book formally stated that what had happened was wrong and that people—no matter what their sexual orientation—should NOT be treated that way.
There was even a really lighthearted way of mentioning of gender roles, and how Becky Albertalli mentioned that was a really unique and comical to read! There was also PoC(s) which is great to see in a book too! And there was also someone who was a bit bigger than some of the rest and I think that, even though the character wasn’t my favourite’s because of her attitudes to others, it was still really nice to see people in books that aren’t all the same size. And I personally really like to see that in books since it’s not a very common.
all the food.
Oreos. waffles. Ice-cream. Popcorn. Sorry all this food was mentioned and it was DIVINE. Thank you, Becky Albertalli, for making me SO GODDAMNED HUNGRY while reading. Boy, I have never been so starved while reading. I’m pretty sure there was some drool on the page when they were eating waffles* because they were described so scrummily**
So if you’re gonna read this, read it for the food okay? OKAY?
*I’m kidding.. . or am I? I’d actually cry if there was tho. **is that a word? it is now.
Have you read this? What did you think of the romance? What did you think of Leah? Did you like all the food mentioned? have you read anything by the same author? Do you think that this was slightly over-hyped too? Is this on your TBR? Let me know!