Narrator: Michael Crouch
Length: 6 hours 45 minutes
Read: March 2017
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 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.
Incredibly funny and poignant, this twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming out story—wrapped in a geek romance—is a knockout of a debut novel by Becky Albertalli.
I hadn’t heard a lot about this book, despite all the rave reviews it had gotten, until I saw talk of the upcoming book by Becky Albertalli, The Upside of Unrequited. Everyone was saying how good it was going to be and how amazing her debut was, a story about a not-quite-out boy, Simon, and his journey towards coming out. I don’t read a lot of LGBTQ — not because I don’t want to, but because I just haven’t found the right stories for me — but I do intend to try more from now on.
This story was great! I listened to the audiobook in one morning and loved Simon’s story. I may have even cried a little bit at one point. And at first I thought it was going to be so predictable, but it really wasn’t, which was great. This story might not have been in my demographic (since I’m in my 30s) which kind of made me want to find more LGBTQ books in my demographic – is there such a thing as a coming out romance-type book about people in their 30s? I find a lot are geared towards teens, which is great and definitely needed, but I’d love to see something for us older generation.
I’m really looking forward to Becky’s next book. She can definitely write a cute and engaging story!
I can usually fly through books like this when I read the physical copy, but when the audiobook is short I like to give them a try – especially if it’s a new to me author and a new to me narrator. Michael Crouch did a fantastic job of bringing emotion and humour to this story and it was so enjoyable to listen to!