Forever Friday is a weekly post to spotlight books I’ll love forever!
If you follow me on twitter then you already know Becky Albertalli is my favorite author and I’ve been in love with her writing since the first time I ever read SIMON VS THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA. This book is a cute story about the trials of new love, new and old friendships, enemies, and the overall awkwardness of being a Queer teenager. Plus, this story gave us my favorite character of all time, Leah Burke.
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.
This book has been so important for so many people. I’ve seen posts and reviews and tweets about how SIMON VS helped people come to terms with their sexuality. Even more than the Queer aspect of the book, I loved how genuine the friendships in the book were and how loving the Spier family was (even if they do make a big deal out of literally everything).
If you haven’t read this book, please do. And if you haven’t picked up Becky’s second book, UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, I encourage you to! Becky and her writing are important parts of the YA community and I’m so happy to be able to support her.