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Educating Simon

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Everything sixteen-year-old Simon Fitzroy-Hunt loves is in England. There's his school, his boyfriend, his cat, and especially Oxford University, which Simon plans to attend just as his beloved late father planned. But all of Simon's certainties come crashing down when his mother remarries and drags him to Boston with her.

Furious and unforgiving, Simon finds plenty to rese
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2014)
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Robin I'm thrilled that you enjoyed Simon's story so much! While I don't have a sequel in mind right now, I'm not saying it's out of the question. It's just…moreI'm thrilled that you enjoyed Simon's story so much! While I don't have a sequel in mind right now, I'm not saying it's out of the question. It's just that there are so many stories to be told, and they keep calling to me.(less)

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Kaje Harper
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, ya, trans-genderqueer
Simon is a London teenager looking forward to his last year of school before (hopefully) heading to Oxford. His father died a few years ago, but he's still grieving, partly because there's an emotional distance between him and his mom. He has a cat, his main comfort and support, and an imagination which is both help and hindrance.

Then his mother tells him she has met someone, an American man, they're getting married, and she and Simon are moving to be with her new husband and his daughter in Bos
Michael Jensen
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I honestly don't think I can overstate how much I loved this book. That it isn't considered a YA classic is simply criminal to my mind.

Reardon sets herself a very formidable task with Educating Simon because when you first meet sixteen year old Simon, your most likely reaction will be want to get the hell away from him. Yes, he's only sixteen and yes, his entire world is being turned upside down. But his acerbic, furious reaction to it is pretty hard to take. But it also sets up Simon for a pers
Like, wow.
And I never use the word "like" like that.

Just when I think that Robin Reardon has pulled out all the stops, that I couldn't possibly be more in awe of her than I already am, I read the next novel and see how wrong I am.

I have now read all her novels during 2017 (with the exception of Throwing stones, which I read twice in 2016, will read next in my 'start to finish' project, and keep in the space of warmth reserved for one's first love). I was most personally moved by A question
Simon Fitzroy-Hunt has inherited a few things from his late father. His synesthesia, (the ability to see letters as colors), his academic ability and his desire to go to Oxford. Unfortunately his mother has met a new man (from Boston) and since the man has an Asperger's afflicted child, they've decided that it's Simon who'll have his life up-rooted. The family is moving to Boston despite Simon's objections. Simon's even losing his beloved cat because the man's daughter is unable to deal with ani ...more
Cyndy Aleo
May 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, lgbt, rt-review, diverse
The premise of a gay teen tutoring a transgender pre-teen has a great deal of potential, and Simon's fish-out-of-water situation lends itself well to the self-examination in this journal-format novel. Simon, however, seems to be preternaturally mature with little to no comprehension of popular culture and his stepfather swings between overly conservative and allowing his teen stepson unfettered access to alcohol. Compounded with characters that rely too much on stereotypes bordering on caricatur ...more
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The beginning was slow for me, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue reading; I didn't like Simon and didn't care what his story was. I decided to read a few more pages and I am so glad that I did. I love this book, I am in awe of the fullness of this beautiful story, I've been entertained, I've been deeply touched, I've been saddened and angered, I've learned. I didn't just read a book, I went on an incredible journey with Simon and we both learned a lot. This should be required reading in many cl ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-themed
Educating Simon is a story about a gay young man who is arrogant, self-centered, rich and entitled, who then experiences all kinds of personal tragedies. He faces many challenges and we get to explore how that changes his persona over the course of his senior year of high school in a new country. He has to face his failings in order to meet his deceased father's wishes of getting I to Oxford. I will admit that unlike many of Robin Reardon's books I had a very hard time getting into this and gett ...more
Duane Colwell
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, Wonderful, Marvelous. I really loved this book. Okay, so the protagonist was a bit of a prick, but the story was terrific. I'll probably read it again, maybe starting tomorrow.
I have in fact read this story again. Obviously it's not possible for a book to better the second time around, but this book is absolutely marvelous. Simon is still a bit of a prick, but only to his mother. He is a delight otherwise. I loved this story every bit as much as the first time.
Five stars plus, a
Isaac sanchez
I loved the book can't wait to read more from her.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not even going to try to do justice to this book with a review. It was just so bloody brilliant.

Pleassssee let there be a sequel. I fell in love with Simon's cantankerous ass.
Chuck Rankin
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book...merging Boston and the angst of leaving...and coming.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don't get it twisted, Simon is an extremely unlikable character. Self indulgent, arrogant, obnoxious and downright mean, but sometimes books aren't about likable characters.

It's weird, because on one hand I have nothing in common with Simon (upper middle class public school boy, with his eye set on Oxford. Snobbish, rude and entitled) but I also felt like I could relate to him (a sure sign of a decently developed character) He may be bratty, but he also keeps a lot of emotion inside. He may be
Margaret Bamford
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant book. I enjoyed every minute of reading it.
John-Michael Lander
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is more to Education Simon by Robin Reardon than a simple surface read. This is a well-crafted novel that deserves and encourages close-reading and re-reading. Educating Simon demands readers’ attention on an entertaining level and lends valuable opportunity for the educational levels. Since falling in love with the outspoken and determined Simon, I have introduced this well-crafted and beautifully written depiction of today’s teens into the curriculum at Antioch University Midwest School ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A coming-of-age story about a 16-year-old gay boy who is forced to move from London to Boston when his mother remarries. During this year he comes out, starts dating, and experiences a lot of personal growth in a new educational and social environment, particularly as regards his new stepsister who has severe Aspergers

Perhaps you have had to BE a child who was dragged from their native country for a year, fought against it (including the loss of pets; I suspect our pets, which were given to the
Eric Mcdermott
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Maybe my favorite novel by Robin Reardon.
I have read all of Ms. Reardon's books, except one. (And its on my list to read.) She is one of those authors that I can't wait for her next novel. Although her books are technically YA novels, the characters and story lines are more complex than your usual YA novels. Unlike most YA novels, that I can read through in just one or two sittings, her novels always take me some time. I have to slowly digest them as I read. (She reminds me a lot of J.H. Trimble
R.J. Seeley
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt
I am so blown away by this book! Every book I read by Robin gets better and better and this one is no exception.

The narrative of this book is so teenage and so (sometimes) relatable that you just keep reading on, Simons sarcasm is such a fantastic read also, the only downside was when truly English Simon americanised in his narrative, that however can be completely forgiven as it is a fantastic read, there is so many twist and turns, true surprises and times were you're completely egging him on
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gblt-characters
I feel that this book represents a classic Reardon story of a young man trying to find himself in the world has to reimagine his surroundings and his understanding of how the world is presented. I especially liked the part about helping a young GBLT find her self as a young woman in a men's body.
Ulysses Dietz
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Educating Simon
By Robin Reardon
Kensington Publishing Corporation, 2014
ISBN: 9780758284761
Five stars

So, the second Robin Reardon book to which I’ve given five stars, and not just because of the adorable redhead on the cover, whom I assume is Simon Fitzroy-Hunt, the protagonist and narrator for this novel-as-journal.

What I love most about this book is Reardon’s clean writing style and her grasp of detail. That’s crucial here because she throws a lot of detail into this teen-angst-coming-of-age st
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this quick read.
I liked the media representation of the different groups in this book. it got wordy in some parts, but I read the 35-65% & the 65-100% parts in 2 separate binges separated by several months. I've been craving the media representation of groups in this book though, and that's how I finished it. there is a bit more sex than the other Reardon book I read before this (The Evolution of Ethan Poe) and so while it was explicit but not pornographic/titillating, I kind of wonder if/how this book got ...more
Robin Reardon's novels are usually as much about ideas as they are about characters and their stories. Educating Simon is no exception to this. It is also one of the things I truly love about Reardon's writing.

Educating Simon is also a great example of a "Bildungsroman" or in plain English a true coming of age story. It is laid out very much like the Hero's Journey and I am pretty sure if I were to make an analysis in detail I could fill all the Hero's stages. When the story starts we're still i
Antony Simpson
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was ok

Sixteen year old Simon’s life is turned upside down when his mother announces that she’s met and is marrying her new partner. Brian, Simon’s future step-father is from Boston, USA. Brian can’t move to England to because of his daughter Persie.

So Simon is forced to give up Tinkerbell, his cat and Graeme, his imaginary boyfriend. Moving to Boston puts the shared dream of Simon going to Oxford University at risk. The dream being shared by Simon and his deceased father.

In Bosto
Michael Prier
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt, favorites
Of all of Reardon's books, I love this one the most. Cat behavior, IB curriculum, Boston and London, Asberger Syndrome, synaesthesia with letters, food and wine, and etymology are some of the things that made this book so intriguing. Add the adorable Simon, unique Toby/Kay, special Persephone, and loving parents made for a heartwarming story. As will all of Reardon's books, there are things to "teach the teacher" which I enjoy. I love a novel that challenges my knowledge, forcing me to want to k ...more
Michael Carlon
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay
This is my favorite Reardon book! It's poignant and sexy. Simon is her best character yet.
Aug 29, 2014 marked it as lurking-in-kindleland
YA LGBT group's book of the month - August 2014
Brady Goodwin
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! I hated that it had to end!!
Elisa Rolle
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Mikella Tomasello
rated it liked it
Jan 14, 2016
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I'm an inveterate observer of human nature, and my primary writing goal is to create stories about all kinds of people, some of whom happen to be gay or transgender—people whose destinies are not determined solely by their sexual orientation or identity. My secondary writing goal is to introduce readers to concepts or information they might not know very much about. On my website, ...more