When I was looking up One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus online, I found a few other books that were going to movie this year, and this was one of them. I thought the premise sounded promising, so I picked it up at the local library.
Simon is a 16 year old boy who happens to be gay. He has tried to hide it from his friends and family, but an email is accidentally read by the wrong person, and Simon’s secret is used against him as blackmail. Simon has been emailing someone named Blue, another gay boy who goes to school with him, but is not ready to come out just yet. As Simon’s life gets more complicated with his blackmailer and his friends, he falls more and more for Blue.
I wish I could put into words how much I loved this book. I am not one for romance books or cutesy stories, but this was just a lovely feel good love story about a boy falling in love! I loved the sweet emails back and forth between Simon and Blue! I devoured this book in an afternoon, and found myself smiling through the whole thing, and laughing openly at Simon’s humour. I was so caught up in the secret of who Blue was, and was thrilled when I found I had guessed his identity correctly! The fact that Simon was a Harry Potter fan was an added bonus for me. I think this is the first book I have read where the lead character is gay, not a co-lead character or a side character, and it has earned a very special place in my heart as such a lovely cutesy feel good sweet romance. It makes me remember falling in love the first time, and things I felt when I was falling in love with my fiancé. All those sweet, warm and cuddly feelings all flooded back in a beautiful way.
Simon is just so damn likeable. He is so sweet, honest, and has a great sense of humour. Yes, he can be a terrible friend, but not purposely, and he does realize his mistakes and makes amends for them.
I have watched the trailer for this movie a good dozen times, and I am just so so excited to see it!! Just watching Nick Robinson as Simon brings a huge smile to my face, and I think he will bring this amazing character alive on the big screen! If you are just looking for a light, feel good, make you smile, amazingly heartwarming love story, PICK THIS UP!! READ IT!! TWICE!! I have every intention of purchasing this book for my collection, and reading it again and again, and let’s be honest, I will probably do the same with the movie!