I read a small preview on the internet and just knew that this book would be my favourite, and it is now my favourite. There is a great cast, though I didn’t particularly like every character, not even after we get their reasons.
But first let’s start with Simon. He was a bit of an idiot, who leaves their Gmail account open for all to see. Now it is Martin, but who knows who the next would be. I hope that after this book that Simon has learnt to log off. 🙂 Other than this, Simon was a great character, he had a great personality and truly cared about his friends.
I loved his quest to find out about his sexuality, how he struggled to get through stuff, trying to figure out his place in the universe. Add to that the fact that he has a couple of overly enthusiastic parents who find everything he does absolutely fascinating. At times I felt sorry for him. He is blessed with parents who care, but there is a border on caring and being obsessed with your kid. And they tripped it quite a few times.
The whole Martin stuff, I wish he had handled it better, sure, we can see what it led to in the end, but I wish he had just said: Fuck you! or went to one of his friends. I know, it is his own business, and he also said he didn’t want to bother others, but I wish he had. Now he was stressed, worried and several other things.
I also loved that he did theatre stuff (though apparently he didn’t talk, but it is still a role).
I had great fun trying to figure out who Blue was. I had a whole bucket list of people who it could be (so many hints and so many subtle references to stuff).
It took me some time though to figure out that Nick and Leia were of his age. For quite a few pages I thought they were older (college age), and then I found out they were actually Simon’s age. I liked Nick, he was an interesting character. I hated Leah though. And she was wondering why her friends would ditch her and do stuff without her. I would do the same if my best friend was such a bitch and would only grumble through stuff. Even later, when we found out the whys, I still couldn’t like her. Throughout the book she is insufferable and acts like no one can be friends with Simon but her. I hate it when people act like this. You are not the sole owner of a person.
Abby was a great girl and I really loved her and how she cared about Simon and her friends.
Martin was the second person I disliked a lot. He was a disgusting character and I hope he will have a guilty feeling, knowing he did that to someone’s life, forever. When we find out why he acted like such a douchebag, I just didn’t care about it, and I also didn’t think it was reason enough to destroy a person so much. At times I just wanted to grab an eraser and erase him from the story.
The ending and the surprises that pop up there were terrific. The last parts were just straight out of a Disney movie, so much swooning and so much romance.
All in all, this is a great book. I would highly recommend it, it was quite realistic and the last parts will make you swoon, well, the emails will eventually do that too, but that ending. swoons