The Goodreads description of this book is: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
I want to start this by saying Becky Albertalli’s novel isn’t the sort I would normally read. In fact, it was a book I actively didn’t read. Not through anything other than romance is not exactly my genre. But, I saw the film with my friend and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was very cute – and I do not use that word very often, but it’s the only word I can think of to sum up what I thought of the film.
Of course, I enjoyed the book much more than the film. The writing was exceptional, and easy to read. Becky Albertalli’s writing style is one I haven’t come across before. I can’t describe it exactly, but it was so refreshing!
I liked every character – obviously apart from Martin Addison, who I don’t actually hate either – especially Leah. Her character seemed to be so full of surprises. I won’t give any away, but I will definitely be reading Leah On The Offbeat.
I loved the constant references to Oreos – which, can I say, are definitely part of a balanced diet. If you haven’t read the book, you won’t know what I’m talking about. But, I cannot help but think of Oreos every time I see Simon on my shelf. One thing I didn’t like think was realistic about this book was that Blue didn’t realise the importance of the biscuit. That is a joke, and not a very good one.
I was in a particularly disgusting reading slump for the majority of this year, and this book brought me out of it. So, THANK YOU Becky Albertalli.
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who just wants to read a book that’ll make them remember why they love reading. I don’t often read contemporary books. Now, I think that’ll change.
Definitely give this book a read!
Rating: 99% (I’ll never give a book 100%)