What do you get by combining an LGBT love story and one born in Internet through e-mails? Simon VS the homo sapiens agenda.
> WHAT DIDN'T CONVINCED ME
Lately (maybe 'cause I was influenced by the pride month) I've been reading loads of yaoi manga, and since I wanted to enjoy also a novel I tried this book.
Honestly? I wasn't really that impressed. I don't have exactly a reason for that, but probably the main points are:
- I couldn't feel empathetic towards the characters. It's not that I hated them, but I felt them so far from me, so... detatched.
- I really don't understand how Simon could possibly see Martin as a friend at the beginning, considering that he was blackmailing him
- almost the whole love story consists in e-mails
> WHAT I LIKED
This is probably why the part I enjoyed the most was the ending. It was as fluffy and cute and romantic as I needed. If just the whole book was like that!
Another perk is that, despite its semplicity, Simon's thoughts on social conventions and prejudices really made me reflect. Why must man always decide that a certain aspect is the "right standard" and everyone who's different must go through the "coming out of the closet"?
> TO SUM UP
It wasn't exactly a terrible reading, but it certainly isn't the first LGBT novel I would recommend. Nonetheless it's a quick reading, perfect for the times when you're looking for something not too challenging or a fluffy love story without any mawkishness.