‘LOVE, SIMON’ IS GETTING A SEQUEL SET AT UNI AND, YES, WE’RE READY TO GET HURT AGAIN

Hey remember in 2018 when we all had our hearts collectively ripped out by Nick Robinson and Keiynan Lonsdale in a very sweet yet angsty yet somehow wholesome queer rom-com? If you’ve been craving more from the Simonverse, a series of YA novels by Becky Albertalli and the basis of 2018’s Love, Simon, you’re in luck.

Not only are we getting a TV show adaptation of one of the sequel spin-offs for Disney+ but, as of today, we’re getting a whole new book exploring Simon and the gang’s first year at university.

It’s full of “shenanigans, yearning, Drunk Simon, Nostalgic Blue, big decisions and MUCH talk about kissing,” and I’m very much here for it all.

Pump That Queer Ya Shit Into My Veins

According to series author Becky Albertalli, Love, Creekwood is about “a third of the length of a Simonverse book,” and made up entirely of email exchanges between the gang in their first year of college. 

Apparently, we should expect “shenanigans, exclamation points, yearning, Drunk Simon, Nostalgic Blue, Finals Week Abby, Valentine’s Day Leah, big decisions and MUCH talk of kissing.”

Whether said talk of kissing will be between Simon and Blue, whether they’re still together, dating long-distance (hence the emails, perhaps?) or not is unclear. But, if anything, we can safely say it probably won’t be like how he imagined college would be in his dreams in Love, Simon.

FYI, if you fancy a new queer rom-com during quarantine, we recommend The Thing About Harry and Australian relatable lesbian dramedy, Ellie & Abbie (& Ellie’s Dead Aunt).

And not only does it look good but it’s all for a good cause

Amazingly, the blessed YA author will donate 100 percent of all English language royalty advances to The Trevor Project, a leading American organisation providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQIA+ young people under 25.

Love, Creekwood will be set after Leah on the Offbeat and before Love, Victor, the latter of which is getting a Disney+ TV show adaptation. Meaning, expect spoilers for Simon and Leah’s books.

The book is expected to release on the 30th of June and Becky Albertalli is said to go live with YA volunteer book club Epic Reads on Saturday @ 6am AEST (haha… RIP) to answer questions about the book and “another special announcement.”

Until then, catch us preparing to watch Netflix’s The Half Of It, another exciting new queer rom-com about a queer Asian-American girl and her dumb yet loveable straight best friend trying to win the girl of her dreams. 

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.

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