I swear I am still going to read Simon at some point, and I'm looking forward to reading a bunch of your fic once I do, as I figure it will be more meaningful after reading the book than after just seeing the movie. Still, this story looked so cute that I decided to be flexible with that plan.
And I can already see a pretty big difference between book and film canon (not to mention I don't know who this Garrett is), that Simon was outed in a way that didn't reveal his identity to Bram. Either way, you make a great point about how intensely uncomfortable that period must have been for Bram.
In Love, Simon we see so little of what's going on with Bram beyond what's in the emails, so it's a great treat to see him going through the same emotional olympics as Simon. And he's out to Garrett? That's awesome!
What is the T-Shirt? I must know
Ahhh screaming! Is this canon?
I don't know how much of this fits into scenes from the book and how much is your own invention, but I love it either way! It was great seeing Bram’s perspective and every little up and down of his feelings, and his decision to be brave was so rewarding!
I love that you point out the profoud irony of Simon thinking Bram is straight in that scene. And I just really enjoy the way Bram's point of view changes the whole story, in a way - seeing all these things that were confusing to Simon or that he thought nothing of, but there's so much going on that he doesn't know about.
Of course Garrett has figured it out. Garrett is awesome. I love how supportive he is, and the way you balance his character as really supportive friend and also typical teenage boy. like, Simon never really says much about Garrett in the book so it's cool to see him from the perspective of his best friend, and the line about how he's helping Bram sort through his feelings but also being like "Don't ask out Leah" haha
I was so glad to discover that this story had the "audition" line in it because that cracked me up so much. And once again I loved seeing it through Bram's eyes, and just knowing how he was trying so hard to say some clever words and that's why he was so silent - aw. (Also - I feel this hahaha)
I have so many cute feels from this story that I'm not even sure that I know where to start. HONESTLY. How do you do this?
Bram is just so... Bram. He's brilliant. He's thoughtful and careful and totally in love with Simon already, and hopelessly afraid of Simon finding out. I mean, at least it helps that he knows Simon is Jacques.
The Default! I loved the way that you included that - even though Simon says it in his emails, he still goes along with the heteronormative assumptions that most people make - I mean, he even says at the end of the book that his default was white, too, which is something Blue/Bram had pointed out in the emails. Open your eyes, Simon.
Garrett figuring it out was so cute - I loved the way that he just asked Bram and pointed out the Leah question, and then emphasised that Bram should definitely not ask Leah out. As if he was going to. Their friendship is just so cute.
Garrett telling Bram that he'll start hitting on Simon if Bram doesn't talk to him using actual words just made my day. What a wingman :P
Oh my goodness, Simon getting so embarrassed that he used the word audition instead of try-out. Shouldn't that have been a clue that Bram was Blue, with the whole correct grammar/English thing? That boy, honestly.
Bram being brave is SO ADORABLE. Oh my goodness, it's such a cute thing to do and it breaks my heart a bit to think that he must have thought Simon didn't want to know, because Simon is too oblivious to look properly at the shirt. But I'm going out on a high because he wrote his number down and bought him the shirt and Bram is all counts of adorable.