Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli – Book Review

Love, Simon by Becky Albertalli – Book Review

Love Simon by Becky Albertalli

Love, Simon

Author – Becky Albertalli
Publisher – Penguin
Pages – 352
Released – 30th January 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-0241330135
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Nia
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book

 

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.

One of the most exciting YA debuts, Love Simon is the must-have book of the moment. Dive into Simon’s world before you see the film everyone’s talking about!

Review 2017

This book has had rave reviews and has just been turned into a film, so despite not normally reading highschool YA books, I was more than happy to give this a go. The reason I usually steer clear is because going through high school once was more than enough for me!

I’m so glad that I did give this a go, I devoured the book whole and am feeling all warm inside still – it’s a lot less angsty than you’d expect a teen coming-out story to be but without skimping on the drama, with well developed characters and wit. The writing style is utterly compelling and so easy to read.

I love that the parents in this book are embarrassing, as all parents of teens are required to be, but they’re not negligent, stupid or hurtful as you often read in books. I really loved this because seeing supportive but slightly weird parents on the page is refreshing and probably truer to life than most other stereotypes!

I adored that the end of each chapter showed the e-mail correspondence between Simon and his mystery man, Blue. The intensity of their emotions and seeing them fall for each other through the lost art of love letters is addictive reading, along with their shared insecurities and uncertainty.

The characters are excellent and really did remind me of high-school politics and friendship dynamics. It’s great to see the issue of homophobia in schools being tackled – as in, the administration deals with it rather than sweeping it under the rug and there are teachers that are prepared to fight for their pupils’ right to not be targeted in school.

I can see why this is an important book and so popular, I’ll be recommending it to anyone and everyone from now on. It’s a wonderful book about how coming out can be challenging (when it shouldn’t be) but that things may work out better than you expect.

Reviewed by Nia


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About the Author

Becky Albertalli

Becky Albertalli is the author of the acclaimed novels Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (film: Love, Simon), The Upside of Unrequited, and Leah on the Offbeat. She is also the co-author of What If It’s Us with Adam Silvera. A former clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children and teens, Becky lives with her family in Atlanta.

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9 Responses

  1. Nicole says:

    YES!!!! So happy you LOVED it too!! Leah on the Offbeat comes out next Tuesday!

  2. Tasha says:

    I am going to start this after I finish my current reads.

  3. In all honesty, I probably won’t read the book. But I think I might watch the movie.

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    I don’t read YA, but I think I would enjoy this one

  5. This is a book that has been sounding a lot, even before there was talk about making a movie about it. I have several of this topic in the list of pending readings, but I have many sagas to finish, maybe read between a break of any of them. Great review <3

  6. Heidi says:

    Not my type of book but I might check out the movie. 🙂

  7. Tin says:

    I need to read this book asap! Great review.

  8. Ahh yes, great review I’m so glad and happy you love this book, this book is one of my all-time favorites books back when it first came out in 2015. Plus I absolutely love the film it was such an amazing and very beautiful film I can’t wait when it comes out in DVD. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  9. I can relate to your comment about going through high school once in my life. I think that’s why I mostly steer away from YA too.

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