You'll Only Care if You Love the Others
If you don't love the other books in the series, this isn't a book you should read. It's almost like an epilogue to the books that lets you know what the characters are doing in their first year of college, but it doesn't do much else. It's told in the form of emails. It was deeply satisfying to me because I adore the other books and have wanted to know for years what Abby, Leah, Bram, and Simon were doing in college.
Language: All the books in this series use language, and a fair amount of it. This one is no different. Simon uses the most, but that's just part of who Simon is, we're used to it by now. It's not unusual language and it isn't used meanly towards other people, but it's still present.
Drinking: Underage drinking occurs. It's Simon, which is no surprise if you've read the other books. Since he's away at college, he doesn't get in any trouble, but he acts drunk over email and you can tell. Drunk Simon acts exactly like Sleepy Simon, and while it isn't good that he's drunk underage, the way he's typing is endearing towards his character because it's totally him.
Messages: This book helps people understand what long-distance dating does to people. Simon and Bram are in a long-distance relationship and it's nearly destroying both of them to be apart. Simon may actually become depressed as a result of it. However, it portrays long-distance very well and shows what people do when they love each other, which is a beautiful message. It is also an LGBTQ book, so messages of acceptance, tolerance, and being against bigotry are present throughout.
Altogether, it's a satisfying read if you love the other books. It's short, and you could easily finish it in a day if you wanted to. But seeing how the lives of the characters are playing out after high school is beautiful, and seeing how much they love each other, even while apart, is even better. I recommend this book only to fans of the other ones, because no one else would enjoy it and its references to the other books. But if you love the others, yes. This book is for you, so grab some Oreos, turn on some Elliott Smith, and be prepared to enjoy yourself.
This title contains:
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking