Funny, moving and devastatingly honest, See Ya, Simon is a New Zealand favourite that has won several awards and has been translated into seven languages. A must read for all teenagers.
Simon is a typical teenager – in every way except one. Simon likes girls, weekends and enjoys mucking about and playing practical jokes. But what s different is that Simon has muscular dystrophy – he is in a wheelchair and doesn t have long to live. See Ya, Simon is told by Simon's best friend, Nathan. Funny, moving and devastatingly honest, it tells of their last year together.
Winner of the Times Educational Supplement Nasen Award, the Silver Pen Award and the Storylines Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-loved Book, See Ya, Simon has been published in the USA, UK, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, China, Japan and Slovenia.
“Powerful, funny, heart-warming and heart-breaking, ?See Ya, Simon by David Hill is a novel that everyone needs to read. . . . The novel writes in raw truth the struggles of Simon’s disability, while recording the hilarious and heart-warming moments of Nathan and Simon’s last year together. . . . its ideas are timeless, covering everything from friendship, to crushes, to death. Nathan is a likable and relatable character, who struggles with issues still relevant to teenagers today – he’s caught up in the divorce of his parents and, like most of us, is lost when it comes to planning the future. Simon is impossible not to love, and his larger-than-life personality leaps off the pages. Hill creates quirky, authentic characters who will haunt the imagination of readers, and make for a highly relatable and enjoyable story. Despite being over 20 years old, the ideas and characters of ?See Ya, Simon remain just as relevant. . . . From its superb plot to relatable characters,? See Ya, Simon ? tackles its heavy themes with sophistication, humour, and style. You will be absorbed into the world of Nathan and Simon, and be taking their journey with them as you laugh and cry. I defy anyone not to love this book – its excellence deserves it to be made into a classic.”
Hannah Marshall, aged 15, Hookedonbooks.org.nz