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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 with, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Albertalli paints a stunningly three-dimensional, cliche-free world for Simon that bursts with unforgettable characters. Savor it, because you’ll read it for the first time only once.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Debut novelist Albertalli writes believably in the voice of a confused, openhearted sixteen-year-old. Readers will fall madly in love with Simon.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Funny, moving, and emotionally wise.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Though there are realistic moments of tension, the dominant sentiment here is the delicious excitement of finding your best self in the eyes of someone else…a happy sigh of a book about two boys falling in love.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “Rife with realistic, high school relationships and drama, with a laugh or two at every turn, this is a coming-of-age, coming-out, and defying-the-odds story with which many teens will identify.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Narrator Michael Crouch projects both vulnerability and verve in sixteen-year-old Simon Spier’s voice as he copes with being blackmailed over his sexuality…With obvious respect for the character, Crouch smoothly navigates Simon’s shifts from wry self-deprecation to unbridled anger at his situation and to complete candidness in his earnest confessions to his unknown crush. Even though listeners will instantly connect with the personable Simon, they may also find themselves pitying Simon’s blackmailer as Crouch voices him as more pathetic than cruel. This twist adds nuance to Albertalli’s refreshing novel.”


  • A National Book Award Longlist Selection
  • A Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015 Selection for Teen Books
  • Finalist for the 2016 Indies Choice Award for Young Adult
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