Simply an Enigma is a high school tale of self discovery following two characters. The chapters alternate between Julian and Quinn’s point of view. You’ll see a lot of characters you recognize from your own high school experience, the good and the bad. It’s an authentic text by two talented authors who weren’t afraid to create flawed characters. Each mistake makes them more real and reminds the reader of all the trials and errors they had to go through growing up. If you enjoy YA contemporary romance with a plot that gives you something to cheer for you’ll enjoy SAE.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As always my review will have spoilers so stop reading now if that bothers you.
I literally went “awww” out loud on more than one occasion reading this book. It was such a sweet tale! I’m happy I saw the movie first it helped me visualize everything that was happening while I read it.
Though it had it’s cute moments it sometimes, well, I don’t know what to say. I just couldn’t give it a five star rating. I really wanted to, I think if I’m pressed I’ll give it a 4.5.
It was sometimes static like nothing was really going on. It sort of had a conflict with the blackmail but that felt way more intense in the movie than in the book like up until the moment Martin outed Simon it just felt minor, then after he outed him I mean—I don’t know I know this is probably a very real account of the stresses of coming out, it just—-at times it felt so neat and done up like the conflict never escalated to a dangerous point we were always brought back to safety on the same (or very next) page.
It felt like the books timeline was going to be through the play but then it went through the talent show, which just sort of popped up out of nowhere I mean the band didn’t pop up out of nowhere but the talent show certainly did.
I also could not stand Leah and I felt bad because I want to like her but ugh!!!! Lol I loved the book and I loved how real all the characters were.
I honestly will probably reread this book it was really good. Yeah that’s all I have to say I guess.