Title: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
Author: Becky Albertalli
Publish Date: April 7, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
# of Pages: 303
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(From Goodreads) Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 4
Pace – 5
Plot Development – 5
Ending – 5
Characters – 4
Enjoyability – 5
Ease of Reading – 5
Overall Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a coming-of-age story about Simon, a not-quite-out-of-the-closet gay teenager, who has a secret crush on someone he meets online.
I know already that this book is going to be one of my favorite reads of 2018. I loved every minute of the story–from the awkward e-mails, the drunken flirting, and the knock-it-out-of-the-park ending. Simon Spier is a wonderful character, and this book was a delight to read. My only disappointment is that I didn’t read it sooner!
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was beautifully written. It sucks you in from the opening chapter and keeps a steady pace throughout the book. While reading the book, you can’t help but root Simon on as he digs into the age old question: who am I? All the feels in this book–seriously.
The book’s structure bounces back and forth between Simon’s life and Simon and Blue’s e-mails. I liked the book structure and enjoyed watching Simon and Blue’s relationship evolve while at the same time watching Simon grow more and more comfortable with his identity as a gay teenager. Again, this book was beautifully written and captured all of the intense emotions of a teenager living a secret life. I grew attached to Simon instantly–it’s hard not to fall in love with him!
The ending of the book was wonderful. Enough said. Simon deserved a “happily ever after” ending.
The characters in Simon vs. the Homo Sapien’s Agenda become like your friends after a few short pages. They were written with care, and it’s easy to get to know their personalities and quirks. I’ve already expressed my love for Simon, but even the secondary characters like Leah and Abby have big personalities.
Have I convinced you to read this book? If you haven’t already, I highly recommend it! I haven’t watched the movie yet, but I plan to. I also purchased the sequel Leah on the Offbeat (released April 24, 2018!)
- “I take a sip of my beer, and it’s–I mean, it’s just astonishingly disgusting. I don’t think I was expecting it to taste like ice cream, but holy fucking hell. People like and get fake IDs and sneak into bars, and for this? I honestly think I’d rather make out with Bieber. The dog. Or Justin.”
- “Why is straight the default? Everyone should have to declare one way or another, and it should be this big awkward thing whether you’re straight, gay, bi, or whatever. I’m just saying.”
- “White shouldn’t be the default any more than straight should be the default. There shouldn’t even be a default.”
- “Bram was right: people really are like houses with vast rooms and tiny windows. And maybe it’s a good thing, the way we never stop surprising each other.”
Did you read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens and love it as much as I did? Tell me what you loved about the book! Also, do you have the sequel pre-ordered?
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