Yay! I’ve actually got a book to share today!
Standalone Sunday is a feature created by the lovely Megan @ bookslayerReads where each Sunday you share a standalone book (a book not part of a series) that you loved or would like to recommend! Please be sure to check out Megan’s wonderful blog to see her original post and recommendations. And be sure to check around the blogosphere for more posts like this!
My standalone pick this week 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.”
This book has so many amazing things going for it. I can honestly say that it is one of my favorite YA contemporaries (and maybe one of my favorite YA books in general). The characters are out-of-this-world fantastic (or horrible, depending on who we’re talking about…Martin), the romance is really sweet, and the story itself is just really entertaining. It’s a slice-of-life type of book with infuriating situations, messy relationships, and a lot of drama. I love this book, and if you’re looking for more diversity and LGBTQ+ representation, I’d highly recommend it. Plus, it’s going to be a movie!!!! *squeals/faints*