Book Club Pick: October 2020
Title: Love, Creekwood
Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: Novella in the Simonverse
Country: United States of America
Publisher: Penguin Books
First Published: 2020
It’s been more than a year since Simon and Blue turned their anonymous online flirtation into an IRL relationship, and just a few months since Abby and Leah’s unforgettable night at senior prom.
Now the Creekwood crew are first years at different colleges, navigating friendship and romance the way their story began – by email.
Love, Creekwood is a novella that serves as an epilogue to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (2015), The Upside of Unrequited (2017), and Leah on the Offbeat (2018).
It follows Simon, Bram, Leah and Abby during their freshmen year of college.
The novella is epistolary and is told entirely in emails back and forth between the Creekwood gang, which also includes emails from Nick, Garrett and Taylor, but the focus is on the relationships of the core four.
Leah and Abby are college dorm roommates, but Simon and Bram are in a long distance relationship with Simon in Philadelphia and Bram in New York City.
The novella is only 111 pages, so it is a quick read. It is definitely one for fans of the Simonverse series, as it reveals key plot points from the earlier novels, such as the identity of Blue. While it was sweet and nostalgic revisiting these characters I felt that the story was lacking substance.
Albertalli is donating royalty profits from the book to American LGBTQ+ organisation The Trevor Project.
Love, Creekwood was released during Pride Month June 2020 alongside the Hulu series Love, Victor, which is a 10 episode spin-off series of the film adaptation Love, Simon.
Source: I borrowed this book from my public library.